ADI has launched a new family of digital power monitors to help minimise central power supply costs and combat thermal issues.
The company believes that its ADM1175/6/7/8 devices address the increasing power requirements of blade servers, blade PCs and ATCA cards by overseeing the usage of individual boards in blade-structured systems. The heat problems occur in part from the rising number of processors inside these systems.
According to ADI, several power-related challenges arise as processor densities increase. First, new equipment designs are packing individual blades closer together, increasing thermal dissipation and requiring more elaborate cooling systems that consume more power.
Second, emerging blade-structured systems require increased power that cannot always be satisfied by standard available AC current. In both cases, system designers are seeing a need to efficiently monitor and actively control power usage.
Unlike computing systems - where either the power was not monitored actively or a costly combination of discrete solutions was used - the new ADI devices have intrinsic technology that can monitor power consumption.
"Today's computing applications require innovative solutions that address an increasing need for power," says Pat Meehan, product line manager, Power System Management, ADI.
"Recognising this need, we leveraged our power management expertise and intimate knowledge of the PC and server markets to develop a family of products that alleviate much of the strain these blade-based structures are facing."