The Importance of Power Supply Systems for Embedded Computers
A power supply is a device that converts power from the source into the right format and voltage for the connected device or system. In addition to increasing or decreasing the voltage and converting the format from alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC), it can also regulate the power to minimize fluctuations to flow.
Power supplies are used for a wide range of electrical and electronic devices. One of the core usage markets is embedded computing. Below, we highlight what embedded computers are, why they need power supplies, and what types of power supplies are available.
What Is an Embedded Computer?
Embedded computers consist of hardware and software that work together to perform a specific task within a system. The exact tasks they perform vary depending on the system in which they are installed (i.e., embedded computers in digital cameras will have very different tasks and designs to those found in dishwashers).
Embedded computers can be integrated into a variety of electrical and electronic products in the consumer, commercial, and industrial sectors. Some examples of typical applications include:
- In the computer networking industry: network bridges and routers
- In the consumer electronics industry: cellphones, digital cameras, MP3 players, televisions, and video game consoles
- In the home appliance industry: dishwashers, microwaves, and washing machines
- In the medical industry: imaging and monitoring instruments
- In the telecommunications industry: phones and telephone switches
- In the transportation industry: airplanes and cars
- In the defense industry; Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), onboard aircraft electronics, and electronic warfare
Why Do Embedded Computers Need Power Supplies?
While the components within a particular embedded computer may vary depending on its intended function, all embedded computers generally have a processor, memory and communication ports, and a power supply. As indicated by the name, the power supply supplies the correct power form (including the required voltage and current values) needed for the assembly to operate.
Embedded Computing Power Supplies From Aegis Power Systems
At Aegis Power Systems, Inc., we specialize in the design and manufacture of power supplies. We offer off-the-shelf and custom AC-DC and DC-DC power supplies for a range of demanding applications, including embedded computing for the defense industry.
Our product offerings for embedded computers are:
- VPX Power Supplies: These power supplies offer excellent efficiency, high output power, and low product weight. They typically offer users between 4-6 outputs in 3U or 6U form factors.
- Power Supplies Developed with SOSA TM Alignment: These power supplies are similar to the VPX architecture, but the power outputs have been reduced to just two voltages. These units offer IPMI I2C monitoring for temperature, voltage, and current readings. The SOSA ™ architecture supports various US Department of Defense initiatives.
- VME Power Supplies: The legacy VME power supplies are available as DC-DC power converter cards or AC-DC power supplies. Several available options exist to support various legacy hardware systems.
Aegis Power Systems: The Expert Choice for Custom & Standard Power Supplies
Need power supplies for your next embedded computing project? Turn to the power supply experts at Aegis Power Systems! Equipped with extensive experience designing and building power supplies, we have what it takes to deliver a solution that offers the ruggedness and reliability required for embedded computing applications.