Power Supplies in Medical Electronics

One facet of the power supply business that has seen rapid growth over the last 10 years

 
Author: XP-Power
 
If there is one facet of the power supply business that has seen rapid growth over the last 10 years, it is that of configurable power. A standard input circuit and chassis is customised with plug-in modules to deliver the nearest requirement to the customer specification. This approach has a lot to be said for it and a great deal has been written about its benefits. However, somewhere along the line, the perception has evolved that full custom power solutions are expensive, risky, only suited to very high volumes, and can only be completed after months or even years of painstaking design work. This article sets out to redress the balance, and to consider what custom power has to offer companies with low to medium volume requirements, companies that need to achieve the lowest cost power solution, and those simply wanting to avoid any kind of design compromise.