Nat Semi opens European power design center -

Nat Semi opens European power design center


LONDON — National Semiconductor has opened a Power Application Design Center in Europe to strengthen application- and system-support services for engineers designing power supplies and power-management systems.

Located within the company's European headquarters in Füerstenfeldbruck near Munich, Germany, the centre provides a range of engineering services, including reference designs, product selection, circuit design, board layout and problem analysis.

John Phelps, National Semiconductor's Vice President and General Manager for Europe, said, “As power-supply solutions get more and more complex, the need for application support and design expertise grows exponentially. We want our customers to concentrate on their core competencies, while we provide all the technical expertise they'll need to optimise energy-efficient power management systems.”

The Power Application Design Center is equipped with measurement and testing devices, layout and simulation software, and equipment for milling and soldering printed circuit boards. The laboratory uses only components that comply with the European Union's restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) standard.

At the centre, developers will be able to create power solutions ranging from a few watts to more than 1kW for output voltages ranging from less than one volt to several hundred volts, and for currents up to and exceeding the 100A. Through special arrangements with selected vendors, the design centre also supports designers using high-voltage and power components outside of National's product portfolio.

•National Semiconductor and ARM have announced the availability of the second-generation PowerWise interface (PWI) specification, which provides enhanced power management interconnect capability.

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