The disruption of the last two years has spawned some radical shifts in thinking about how we structure society going forward. Regardless of any political considerations, some clear trends are emerging that are already having profound effects.

One is the rapid growth of remote working. A perusal of tech industry job vacancies, where a substantial number now offer remote working as part of the package, shows this is a trend set to continue.

Another trend expands on the growth of edge computing in IoT devices; turning them into AIoT devices, where machine learning algorithms are allowing devices to use gathered data to analyse, learn, develop insights and make decisions without involving humans. It’s estimated there are now around 30 billion IoT connected devices, increasing to around 75 billion by 2025. The role they play in society will only escalate when combined with artificial intelligence.

IT professionals understand that, to properly support the types and level of network traffic that a growing user base generates (while not adding to their long list of pain points), network upgrades must be properly designed. This allows for secure on-boarding of new equipment without the degradation in quality of service that an ad-hoc approach to expansion can induce. However, lost between thoughts of switches, services and security the unsung hero underpinning all network operations is often forgotten: stable, clean power.

The network power supply needs to be a team player if the network equipment is going to deliver. Peace of mind comes from knowing your network power supply partner has a long track record and a hard-earned reputation to protect.

APD Networking Power Supply

APD Networking Power Supply

Asian Power Devices Inc. (APD) have been making industry leading power supplies for more than twenty years and have long standing partnerships with major global network equipment suppliers to help deliver dependable network performance. Their network power supplies – from wall mount to open frame – all come with performance, safety and environment-friendly efficiency designed in from the ground up; confirmed by internationally recognised certifications.

High availability performance can be delivered through current-share and power ORing so high-power systems like blade servers or shelf-based telecom systems can share multiple power supplies for flexibility, redundancy and capacity in N+1 configurations. Stable, low ripple power delivery is ensured, even to loads with large instantaneous current requirements, though peak current capacities up to 300% of maximum.

To guard networks from over voltage and over current events, APD build in multiple protections including surge protection that complies with ITU-T K.21 standards. This can be augmented to Differential Mode [DM] 6kV / Common Mode [CM] 6kV specs as per IEC-61000-4-5; Level-5, for areas with electrically noisy public grid systems or that experience more extreme weather conditions with a higher probability of lightning strikes. Static discharge is also brushed off with level 4 IEC (61000-4-2) ESD protection to 8kV contact/15kV air gap.

Keeping safety and reliability at the forefront of every design, all of APD’s power supply products are fortified internally with highly optimized heat dissipation and anti-electromagnetic interference structures backed by thermal protection against over-temperature conditions. Continuously improved power densities and energy efficiencies ensure power supplies that easily meet North American DOE Level VI and EU CoC Tier 2 energy efficiency standards, guaranteeing lower running costs and environmentally friendly operations.

With all that said, more discerning readers will probably still be left thinking, “I kind of expect something like this from a top tier supplier anyway. What makes APD so special?”

That’s a good question and probably best answered by Rax Chuang, the general manager of APD’s Power System Business department: “R&D is the proudest asset of APD; it is also the core value of APD. More than 10% of the company’s turnover is appropriated to the R&D fund each year, with an R&D team of over 500 members that leads the industry.”

To support R&D, APD has the industry’s highest-level safety laboratory. Here, a broad scope of testing is carried out to stay ahead of regulations and assist customers in obtaining some of the swiftest product certifications in the industry, significantly reducing their time to market. For example, APD has many years of experience debugging FCC Part 68 certification problems: that translates into rapid solutions for networking customers to gain that FCC Part 68 pass along with any ISN tests for things like interference on telecommunication ports.

For more information on how APD can help you exploit growing network trends faster, visit their website at