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Amber white paper explains digital control of electricity

Steve Rogerson
August 25, 2020

Silicon Valley-based Amber, creator of an intelligent electrical architecture, has published a white paper on solid-state electrification, the digital control of electricity and the market opportunities these breakthroughs create.
In March, Amber introduced the possibility of embedding the digital control of electricity in solid-state architecture in every device, appliance, power cord and electrical end point in buildings globally with its newly-patented Amber AC-DC enabler and AC switch.

"Thomas Edison would be proud of what we have achieved,” said Amber CEO Thar Casey, “and the publication of this white paper is the logical and necessary next step in educating the world on the future opportunities our breakthrough creates for manufacturing partners, electrical designers, interested media and others.”
The solid-state control of electricity changes the rules of the game for security and control systems, circuit breakers, dimmer switches, outlets, and appliances.
“Through commercial implementation of our technologies within the existing building electrical grid, we can uniquely embed modern intelligence and enhanced sensing functionality into every wall, throughout the whole building,” said Casey. “Amber, its partners and even a couple of its competitors will tap the tremendous opportunity to upgrade every electrical end point in buildings globally to solid-state architecture.”
The white paper details a business and market overview of the accelerating trend of solid-state electrical infrastructure in buildings. It explores the implications of the breakthroughs for increased safety and reliability within electrical infrastructure, widespread and endpoint-specific energy monitoring, and expanded IoT integration. This functionality arises from the ability to install solid-state technology in the existing walls of buildings.
According to Rob Halligan, Amber chief marketing officer, the white paper provides a historical view of the development of the current electrical infrastructure and the increasingly sophisticated intelligence embedded within it. It describes gaps in strategic market sectors, as well as problems with today’s electrical infrastructure that include fire hazards and slow adoption of innovative features and products that improve safety or provide enhanced IoT functionality.
“Through examination of the advantages solid-state semiconductor implementations offer versus legacy electro-mechanical architecture, it seems clear that new technologies can deliver a safer, more connected and hyper-intelligent building electrical infrastructure,” Halligan said. “In addition, the white paper considers the market position of key players that have announced IoT-connected or solid-state electrical solutions.”
The value proposition of fully solid-state building electrical infrastructure could provide the opportunity for enhanced energy monitoring and IoT functions that can enable simpler and more robust methods for everything from smart home automation and building-wide energy management to commercial building access and fire control.
Viewed in total, the solid-state electrification of buildings may even be a transformative catalyst triggering deeper adoption of smart systems throughout every building market sector.

Amber develops technologies for digital control of electricity in solid-state architecture that change the electrical landscape for buildings and appliances, upgrading power management from 1950s era electromechanical to safer, more reliable solid-state architecture.
The white paper is called The Second Electrical Revolution and is available for immediate download.