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Powering a Homecoming in 90 Days: Part 2

This is the second post in a series that describes how Vicor Custom Power developed a solution for the Navy to replace an obsolete power supply, despite having no specifications for the part that needed replacement. If you’ve not read it yet, read the first post here. Our task began with an initial architecture that would rectify the input AC power and develop the necessary voltage and power to the output.  We knew right away that this would take a fair amount of physical space, plus we had an estimate as to how power would...

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White Paper: A Novel Approach to Industrial Rectifier Systems

White Paper: A Novel Approach to Industrial Rectifier Systems

AC-DC converters for industrial applications have been relying on double-stage architecture for quite a long time. A non-isolated, single- or three-phase, single- or multi-level stage typically feeds an isolated DC-DC stage, with capacitors between...

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EDN Highlights the “Power Players” in the New War of Currents

EDN Highlights the “Power Players” in the New War of Currents

Steve Taranovich, editor at EDN, has just written a fascinating article that discusses the new “War of Currents”. The emergence of HVDC power distribution has reopened the AC-DC debate, but Steve doesn’t see this...

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Vicor PowerBench Tools: The Filter Design Tool

Vicor PowerBench Tools: The Filter Design Tool

Input filters are a critical element of power systems, particularly when demanding EMI requirements must be met. But input filter design can be a complex and time consuming process. If you are responsible for...

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The New MIL-COTS PRM® Regulator

The New MIL-COTS PRM® Regulator

The new Vicor PRM regulator (MPRM48NF480M500A00) is based on our VI Chip® platform, and provides power density of 106W/cm3 and efficiency of 97.7%. The new regulator delivers 500W output power in the same package...

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Powering a Homecoming in 90 Days: Part 1

The weather was clear and the seas were calm when the orders arrived instructing the captain to come about and plot a course home to Norfolk Virginia – some one hundred days away.  It...

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