The top Japanese maker of uninterruptible power supplies is moving into the American power supply market. SANKEN ELECTRIC CO., LTD.'s wholly owned ALLEGRO MICROSYSTEMS, INC. subsidiary is handling sales, marketing and customer support through a recently opened power supply division in Durham, North Carolina. Sanken Electric's line of standard switch-mode power supplies, which ensure stable DC power in office and factory automation equipment, runs from 25 watts to 150 watts, while custom products are available in ratings from 10 watts to 900 watts. This spring, Sanken Electric tied up with EXIDE ELECTRONICS GROUP, INC. to codevelop UPS products for desktop computers for worldwide sale (see Japan-U.S. Business Report No. 344, May 1998, p. 13).
An exchange rate of ¥141=$1.00 was used in this report.