'Indestructible' solid-state AC switching demonstrated

November 17, 2021 // By Rich Pell
'Indestructible' solid-state AC switching demonstrated
Digitally controlled electricity specialist Amber Solutions has released a video demonstration of one of its patented technologies successfully suppressing 450 inductive load surges (typically thousands of volts each) over 15 consecutive minutes to just 260 volts each.

Prior to its products, says the company, solid-state based AC switches could never survive the harsh electrical environment of the AC mains. The company claims that its solid-state technologies are so advanced that they deliver the major advantages of smaller silicon chip-sized form factors, including advanced digital surge protection, arc free switching, increased switching speed by many thousands of times faster, and higher quality with enhanced reliability — even when paired with traditional electromechanical architecture, as demonstrated in the video.

The company's Indestructible AC Switch is a patented technology for AC switching in solid-state architecture that eliminates electromechanical switches and is fully protected from transient load issues such as inductance, capacitance, surge, overvoltage, overcurrent, etc. Such capabilities serve wide market sectors from consumer to commercial up to fully industrial grade solutions, and include product applications such as outlets, dimmer switches, circuit breakers, surge protectors, GFCIs, AFCIs, and more.

In the video demonstration, using an oscilloscope to monitor electrical flow, the company shows how a traditional electromechanical switch in circuit breakers creates dangerous arcs and high-voltage inductive load surges of thousands of volts, and how the company's solid-state power management solution digitally eliminates arc and suppress surge them—entirely.

"By combining Amber's patented Indestructible AC Switch technology with Infineon's leading silicon MOSFETs, we've proven that our designs enable nearly instantaneous digital surge suppression," says Thar Casey Amber CEO. "The intelligent detection of overvoltage spikes enables our device to terminate the connection many thousands of times faster than a standard, conventional electro-mechanical switch. The super high speed of intelligent detection and termination prevents the surge from ever reaching damaging voltages and catastrophic failure of the device."

"This breakthrough of Indestructible AC Switching in solid state also includes a second Amber technology for AC-direct extraction of DC directly from AC Mains," says Casey. "Together these two sister technologies for the digital control of electricity in modern solid-state architecture form a powerful, new, solid-state based


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