ICEpower and Audio Bricks Merge to Create a New Audio Amplification Powerhouse

September 14 2016, 06:00
Danish company ICEpower, independent from Bang & Olufsen since May 2016, announced the decision to merge with Audio Bricks, and to acquire its holding company, Bolecano Holding AB, from Sweden. While ICEPower is highly recognized in the market as one of the leading brands in audio amplification, Audio Bricks is a relatively new company, created in 2014 by Patrik Boström and Lars Press Petersen, which have now become partners and shareholders of ICEpower, respectively holding the position of CTO, Amplification, and CTO, Research and SMPS in ICEpower.

On May 1st, 2016 Keld Lindegaard Andersen, CEO and Mads Emil Solgaard, VP, Sales & Marketing, together with the private equity fund, Industry Development (Industri Udvikling) acquired ICEpower A/S from Bang & Olufsen A/S. The ICEpower management team had 50% of the company and Industri Udvikling another 50%. At the time of the separation from Bang & Olufsen, the ICEpower management team and Industri Udvikling stated their intention was to develop ICEpower further and consolidate its position as a leader in Class D audio power conversion. Now ICEPower confirmed the merger with Audio Bricks and acquisition of its holding company, Bolecano AB, from Sweden.

The two founders of Audio Bricks, and prior founders of respectively Anaview AB, Patrik Boström and Upcon Technology A/S, Lars Press Petersen will continue their carriers as Chief Technology Officers of ICEpower. Since September 1st, 2016 Patrik Boström holds the position as CTO, Amplification, and Lars Press Petersen holds the position as CTO, Research and SMPS in ICEpower. Patrik Boström and Lars Press Petersen have now become partners and shareholders of ICEpower in line with Keld, Mads Emil and Industry Development.

The reason for this merger is that Lars, Patrik, Mads Emil and Keld wish to ascertain that the company remains the best independent Class D manufacturer in the world and they see the merger as a step towards consolidating this position. All activities in ICEpower – in the Bolecano company and under the Audio Bricks brand will continue business as usual.
The Audio Bricks modular audio amplification platform was introduced in 2015, at the 139th International AES Convention in New York.

“This is the best possible news for anybody working together with either ICEpower, Bolecano or the new brand Audio Bricks. There is only one difference: Together we are so much stronger. ICEpower has some of the best Class D and audio acoustic engineers in the world. Adding the expertise of Lars and Patrik, their knowledge and technologies to ICEpower makes our combined team stand out,” the company stated.

“This idea is not new. ICEpower and Anaview were founded at the beginning of this century. Patrik founded Anaview in 2001 in Sweden only two years after ICEpower was founded in Denmark. We share the same ideas on development of quality sound by technology and combining technologies to reach our goals. Already in the early zeroes we worked together, became friends and discussed how we could join forces. The timing is right for all of us now. Lars is also an old friend of the house. Lars held the position as Innovation Manager in ICEpower from 2003 to 2007,” adds Keld Lindegaard Andersen, ICEpower’s CEO.
“While this merger is an old idea – we have several new ideas on how we are going to keep inventing, on how to grow the company and how we are going to co-operate with numerous companies in the industry.”

Lars and Patrik are in a certain league within Class D power electronics. Lars holds a PhD in Power Electronics and founded his own company, Upcon Technology specializing in switch mode power supplies in 2008 until he started Audio Bricks with Patrik in 2014. Lars is an innovator and power supply specialist. After his PhD from the Technical University of Denmark, Lars worked for ICEpower between 2003 and 2008 and was deeply involved in the research of new topologies and system designs. Between 2008 and 2011 he headed a start-up business focusing on high efficient telecom and server power supplies. From 2012 he worked as a senior advisor and researcher at the Technical University of Denmark, in the field of switch mode electronics. Lars has participated in more than 30 scientific papers and patent applications.

Patrik, BSc, Electrical Engineering is ‘born into’ audio. Patrik has developed amplifiers and power supplies for OEM automotive, after market automotive, high end, consumer, home theatre, sound reinforcement, rolling stock etc. Patrik started his electronics career at Ericsson in Stockholm designing switch mode power supplies for Telecom applications. In 2004 Patrik founded Anaview which grew to become a well known supplier of complete high quality powered Class D modules. Patrik is the inventor of several patents within the field of Class D and loop design.
Lars Press Petersen (standing) and Patrik Boström at the 139th International AES Convention in New York, in 2015.

Audio Bricks introduced its new amplification concept at the 139th International AES Convention in New York, in 2015, creating a novel approach to the typical amp modules for OEM integration. The Engine-400 modular concept is based on their Sierra loop design, which keeps the distortion at a very low level throughout the audio band with excellent audio performance in a very small size. Engine-400 uses a high density multilayer PCB as heat sink and the power is provided by the AUX-plant, built on the same concept, while the Motherboard platform houses two Engine-400, one AUX-plant, storage capacitors, supervision, balanced input buffers and connectors to connect it to a +/- DC-source. The solution allows a fast and convenient way of testing the performance of a system built on Audio Bricks products.

ICEPower introduced recently its new ICEedge audio technology platform using the company’s most advanced Class D chipset, carrying multiple patented inventions. The ICEedge chipset consists of a dual channel Controller IC and two Driver IC’s, enabling amplifiers that range in power from 50W up to 7kW into 4 Ohms. All relevant protection and diagnostic features are integrated into ICEedge for easy and fast amplifier development and cost savings. Channel scalability is easily obtained by bus connection of chipsets for integration in multichannel systems. |
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