Astec Power has introduced what may be the first sixteenth-brick dc-dc converter in the market, a 0.8- by 1.65- by 0.33-in. surface-mount unit with the same pin assignments as the company's eighth and quarter bricks. To develop the new format, Astec shrunk the eighth-brick format lengthwise by 40%.
Offering outputs of 1.2, 1.8, 2.5, and 3.3 V, the ALX series converters deliver currents ranging from 20 A at 1.2 V down to 15 A at 3.3 V. Efficiencies for these bricks will be similar to that of the company's eighth and quarter bricks. ALX models are priced from $40.75 in production quantities. Units are sampling now, with production expected to be begin this summer.