Ericsson wins award for its digital DC/DC converter

17th April 2009
ES Admin
Ericsson Power Modules has received an award from EDN magazine for its BMR453 DC/DC converter. This is the fourth time this product has received an award, highlighting its high level of innovation in improving energy efficiency and unprecedented levels of control via a digital platform.
In an industry first, Ericsson’s innovative BMR453 series of DC/DC converters uses a digital control platform contained within the modules themselves. By integrating more into the control circuitry, the concept frees up real estate for greatly improving the power density, simultaneously offering unprecedented levels of control.

With 96 percent efficiency, the BMR453 offers up to 400W output power or up to 33A with ±2 percent accuracy. At that level of accuracy, the best module commercially available offers just 300W output power. Ericsson’s BMR453 offers 33 percent more power in the same package size.

The annual EDN Innovation Awards honor outstanding engineering professionals and products. In the products section, the Innovation of the Year awards recognize unique, state-of-the-art electronics products in several categories. Ericsson Power Modules’ BMR453 won the Power Supplies category. The award was presented to Ericsson at a ceremony held in San Jose, CA, USA on 30th March.

The awards carry special meaning because the winners are chosen by a jury comprised of their peers. First, EDN accepts nominations from the industry via its Web site. Next, working in panels organized by areas of expertise, EDN’s technical editors select the most deserving nominees as finalists. Early in the new year, EDN publishes the names of the finalists and information about them both in print and on their web site. The magazine then invites its worldwide audience of engineers and engineering managers to vote using an online ballot. EDN uses a combination of these audience votes, balloting by the EDN Editorial Advisory Board, and voting by EDN’s editorial staff to determine the ultimate winners.

EDN editors evaluated hundreds of submissions to determine the products we would present to our readers as finalists in 26 categories for EDN's 19th Annual Innovation Awards, said Rick Nelson, EDN Editor-in-Chief, adding, With its focus on combining high power and efficiency, the BMR453 series dc/dc converter was a strong contender, and readers and editors voted it the winner in the 'Power Supplies' category.

It is very apt that Ericsson Power Modules has won an EDN Innovation Award for a product that is so innovative. It is also a strong sign that the digital power technology introduced by Ericsson is recognized worldwide as leading edge technology to power ICT applications, said Patrick Le Fèvre - Marketing and communication director at Ericsson Power Modules. It is with great pride and recognition that we receive this award from EDN for a product that will contribute to reduce energy consumption, and at the end of the chain, CO2 emissions.

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