Tyco and SynQor Form DOSA DC Converters Alliance

February 01, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

Tyco Electronics Power Systems Inc. (Dallas, TX) and SynQor Inc. (Boxborough, MA) have formed the Distributed-Power Open Standards Alliance (DOSA) to ensure future dc-dc product compatibility and standardization within the increasingly fragmented power converter market. As a result of the alliance, Tyco and SynQor will jointly announce future product offerings that are compatible as drop-in replacements.

Ultimately, the joint alliance will be the vehicle that establishes standards over a broad range of power converter form factors, footprints, feature sets and functionality for both non-isolated, point-of-load (POL) and isolated applications, including intermediate bus converters. DOSA converters will be geared towards wireless infrastructure, optical switching, networking, storage and industrial systems.

Under the terms of the alliance, the two companies will independently develop dc-dc converters with pin-for-pin compatibility, identical form factors and functionally equivalent feature sets, guaranteeing end users the benefits of true second-sourcing options. Tyco's recently announced Austin Lynx II POL converters will be the first product addressed by the alliance. DOSA will also align future product roadmaps, including a new sixteenth-brick converter, while developing other requirements, including high-current, quarter-brick, pin-out designs; output-voltage sequencing for POL modules in the Austin SuperLynx™ module form factor; and consensus for standards on surface-mount technology and lead-free initiatives.