Akros GreenEdge AS1854 Named “2009 Product of the Year” by Electronic Products Magazine

The AS1854 Garners Award for Innovative Advancement as the first Power System-on-a-Chip (SoC) Featuring Integrated 2kV Digital Isolation

Sunnyvale, Calif. – Jan. 14, 2010Akros Silicon, a leader in intelligent energy management semiconductor devices, today announced it was recognized with an Electronic Products’ Product of the Year award for its AS1854 Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) Powered-Device System-on-a-Chip (PD SoC) product.

The editors of Electronic Products—a leading trade publication for electronic design engineers—evaluated thousands of products launched in 2009. The winning products are selected on the basis of innovative design, significant advancement in technology or application and substantial achievement in price and performance. The AS1854 broke new ground with an innovative SoC solution that includes GreenEdge™ high-voltage digital isolation technology, smart power management features and quad DC-DC power outputs; enabling intelligent, highly efficient, cost-effective solutions for PoE PD platforms.

"Today, energy savings is at the top of all must-have feature lists for new platform designs. An ideal silicon power solution is one that delivers system-wide energy savings for end customers while still being cost effective for OEMs," said Paul O’Shea, Senior Editor of Electronic Products. "The AS1854 Type 1- and 2-compliant PoE PD controller is an important step for these products because it integrates isolation technology with power conversion technology to deliver groundbreaking power and enable a new range of digital power PoE PD capabilities."

"To win a Product of the Year Award from Electronic Products is a great distinction and recognition of Akros Silicon’s technology," said Parviz Ghaffaripour, CEO of Akros Silicon. "Our talented team works very hard to define and develop value-added platform products that deliver differentiation and cost-effective benefits to our customers, and energy savings to end customers. This award is a tremendous validation of Akros’ vision and technical leadership in energy management."

Released in May 2009, the AS1854 is the only PD solution in the industry to integrate on-chip digital isolation technology. Akros’ patented GreenEdge™ digital isolation technology eliminates low-speed, bulky opto-couplers and integrates functionality of up to nine separate ICs used in current solutions, including a third-generation IEEE 802.3at/af digital PD controller and quad-output digital power DC-DC converters. Integration of digital isolation technology bridges the gap between real-time decision-making software (local or remote) and the high-voltage power subsystem for superior energy-management architecture.

The 2009 Product of the Year Awards were announced in the January 2010 issue of Electronic Products with a cover feature and a brief description of each product. Additionally, the winning products appear on Electronic Products' website. 2009 marks the 34th annual Electronic Products' "Product of the Year" Awards, which began recognizing the best products in the industry in 1977.

About Akros Silicon
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Akros Silicon provides leading-edge, intelligent energy management ICs. Akros' disruptive silicon technology makes it possible to integrate multiple ICs, high-voltage isolation and discrete components into a single device, thus enabling electronic OEMs to develop cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions.

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