Texas Instruments Announces POLA™ Adoption of T2 Point-Of-Load Power Modules

May 29, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced that the POLA™ alliance has agreed to offer pin-compatible plug-in modules based on TI's T2 non-isolated, power modules with ultra-fast transient response.

POLA alliance members, including Artesyn Technologies, Ericsson Power Modules and Emerson's Astec Power will develop and market the new plug-in modules with the same functionality and form factors as those provided by other members of the POLA alliance. To date, POLA companies have manufactured and introduced more than 200 products with the same electrical designs to ensure full interoperability and true second sourcing. Initially, the companies will second-source the 16-A and 30-A versions of TI's T2 series of point-of-load modules that provide step-down DC/DC conversion from a wide 4.5 V to 14 V input with adjustable output voltages down to 0.7 V. POLA members will evaluate extensions to the T2 family as they are released into production.

Ideal for supporting 1-GHz processor-based intermediate bus architecture (IBA) applications, the T2 modules offer several advanced features, such as TurboTrans™ technology, SmartSync module-to-module synchronization functionality and Auto-Track™ sequencing feature. In addition, the series of modules reduces the overall power solution footprint by as much as 50 percent compared to TI's previous generation devices. For more information, see:

Each POLA member will introduce its own pin-compatible modules later in 2006. TI's T2 power modules are now available in production quantities. Pricing per module in quantities of 1,000 begins at $7.90.