The trend in new applications such as the smart grid and solid-state lighting is driving the embedded ac-dc power supply market with a number of opportunities, lately, said a new market research report.
The new market research report by Reportlinker.com entitled “AC-DC Power Supplies: Economic Factors, Application Drivers, Architecture/Packaging Trends, Technology and Regulatory Developments - Tenth Edition,” stated that AC-DC power supplies are undergoing a significant shift in demand characteristics that will result in new product designs and sales opportunities.
According to the report, the smart grid technology is expected to change the design of all types of electronic equipment once it gains momentum. The power electronics used in the smart grid are still being defined.
The Darnell Group has identified few segments that have been showing lot of potential for power supply manufacturers. Some of them include smart meters for monitoring residential electricity; water and gas; electric vehicle chargers; and smart appliances that depend on demand response to adjust energy usage.
In addition, Reportlinker.com’s report also stated that the smart grid is opening up new opportunities for ac-dc power supplies. However, along with new opportunities, it is also introducing threats. Consequently, merchant production could see some decrease in market share, says the report.
Power supplies utilized in LED-based lighting solutions are essentially different from the power supplies that are used in standard electronic systems. Unlike conventional electronics, power supplies for LED systems are required to provide regulation of the output current.
According to a recent study, it is anticipated that LED lighting will saturate nearly half of the United States' commercial, industrial and outdoor lamps market by next decade. However, the emergence of AC-DC power supplies for LEDs will require power supply makers to focus on designs that are industrial-grade, rugged, that can be used outdoors, and are capable of regulating output current.
Consequently, embedded ac-dc power suppliers have targeted applications associated with the smart grid and LEDs, says study.Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Rich Steeves