Solid-state digital AC switch targets power cords and endpoints

Solid-state digital AC switch targets power cords and endpoints

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By eeNews Europe

The AC/DC Enabler is a patented, UL-certified and globally compatible 30x15x8mm solid-state digital power management and control system, which, combined with the recently patented Amber AC Switch, represents the first major breakthrough in electricity control and delivery in more than 70 years, according to the manufacturer.

“Solid-state control of electricity changes the rules of the game for everything – security and control systems, circuit breakers, lighting fixtures, appliances, dimmer switches – the list goes on forever. Through commercial implementations of our technologies within the existing electrical infrastructure of any building, any home or business can add IoT functionality overnight by replacing existing outlets and switches with Amber-enabled products. Manufacturers can now engineer and market powered products with far greater capabilities right out of the box”, said President and CEO Thar Casey.

These foundational technologies represent a breakthrough in software management of electricity through solid-state architecture, and Amber has already integrated them into fully demonstrable solid-state products, such as a smart programmable retrofit circuit breaker. In addition, the company has demonstrable smart dimmer switches and smart outlets, both of which showcase more than 10 features within a single gang box footprint. Amber’s technologies are now available for integration into products that fit in existing gang boxes, as well as an expansive range of other electrical products and appliances.

Amber’s innovation in solid-state technology is an advanced Digital Power Management and Control system (DPMC) – a tiny solid-state device that efficiently runs power to highly sophisticated micro-controllers, processors and RF devices directly from the AC main. It eliminates the need for bulky electromechanical components such as capacitors and magnetics that limit the reliability and functionality of devices today, effectively reducing the component count by a factor of 2.5. Amber fully replaces these old and outdated technologies, which today cause industry issues ranging from region-specific SKUs to flickering in LED bulbs to just not having the physical space to integrate modern intelligence and advanced features. Eventually, Amber aims to put all of these components on a single silicon chip.

Casey said today that the company currently has agreements with four leading global electronics manufacturers to explore possible new product solutions that incorporate Amber’s core technologies.

“As global manufacturers, governments and consumers increasingly demand improved safety, quality and reliability in all kinds of powered devices, Amber Solutions is ready to deliver these benefits and more, including robust IoT integration to better manage and communicate with appliances and building systems,” Casey promised. “For electricians and builders, the most impactful breakthrough is our ability to offer drastic capability improvements while reducing the size of the power management and control elements, so that every existing gang box in the world can be filled with a smarter, more reliable product that requires no new installation infrastructure.”

The company envisions a world where every circuit breaker, outlet, light switch and appliance is connected and communicating in real-time, providing unprecedented insights into energy usage, novel control schemes such as integrated voice control and even potentially reducing insurance costs as electrical fires become a thing of the past.

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