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Hypex Electronics BV - Who We Are
Hypex Electronics is a specialist supplier of power amplifier subassemblies for the audio industry. The company is best known for its 'UcD®' range of high-performance class D amplifier modules and is the leading force behind the acceptance of class D as a true high fidelity technology.
What we do
Linear and non-linear control theory
Pulse Width/Density Modulation techniques
Transistor-level analogue circuit design
The company's two-tier research program focuses primarily on achieving new theoretical understandings in these subjects to shape the long-term future of audio amplification and secondly on novel, practical improvements of existing circuit concepts. Product development is split between general-purpose power amplifier/supply modules and turnkey projects for selected customers. Areas where we can offer added value to customers include design for manufacture, AD/DA conversion, active loudspeaker design and DSP algorithms for loudspeaker and system control.
Who we do it for
Hypex UcD® modules are used in a variety of performance-critical applications including:
Active loudspeakers for production and
Multichannel amplifiers for home theatre systems
Power amplifiers for the audiophile market
Electronic musical instruments
Hypex was founded in 1996 by Jan-Peter van Amerongen as a supplier of plate amplifiers for live sound loudspeakers. The products drew the attention of hi-fi speaker manufacturers, resulting first in a line of active subwoofer amplifier subassemblies, shortly followed by multichannel units with active cross-over filters for the studio market.
2003 saw the start of a complete migration to class D. For this purpose the newly invented 'Universal Class D' technology was selected. Realising the market potential, Hypex decided not only to use UcD® in end-user products, but also to offer it to the market as general-purpose amplifier modules. The UcD180/400/700 modules have quickly established themselves as the new standard, both in terms of measured and subjective performance.
In 2005, Hypex took the strategic decision to move from a being a technology user to being a technology source and hired UcD's inventor, Bruno Putzeys, to be its chief of R&D. Hypex now serves many big name audiophile brands which previously couldn't find class D amplifiers meeting their stringent sound quality requirements. Standard products now span the range from 20W to 3kW and a line of switch-mode power supplies to match, along with dedicated 100V systems and DSP platforms for active loudspeaker control have been introduced