The real changes occurring in the dc-dc converter module and IC market are at the power architecture and advanced materials levels. In fact, the emergence of the Dynamic Bus Architecture (DBA) will be one of the most significant developments in the power supply industry in 10 years. These developments are highlighted in a new global analysis from Darnell Group, "Dc-dc Converter Modules and ICs: Market Forces, Power Architectures and Technology Developments."
The DBA is already being designed into some high-end systems, and widespread adoption is expected in the next few years. Most of the distributed power architectures being implemented today, and certainly future systems, include some form of digital power management and control. The evolution of the Intermediate Bus Architecture (IBA) – from the Central Control Architecture (CCA) to the emerging Dynamic Bus Architecture – is in part due to system demands that digital power management can address effectively.