The Benefits of Designing Power Systems Using Power Components

November 26, 2013
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Paul YeamanOne of our most popular webinars to date shows how to design complex power systems using power components and a simple three-step process. In his presentation, Paul Yeaman, Director, Applications Engineering at Vicor, walks through the three stages of a process that simplifies power system design: identifying, architecting and implementing.  An approach that has helped many engineers to develop power architectures quickly and efficiently.

The presentation isn’t just about this new design approach; Paul also had some very interesting things to say about the benefits of using power components.

Paul states that the three key benefits of an approach that uses power components are performance, flexibility and improvements to the design cycle. With power system experts designing power components, leading-edge performance becomes available to any engineer, regardless of their expertise. During the webinar, he observes that:

“If your system needs high power density, high efficiency, good response to transients – all of these things are important for many systems, and power components give you access to that without having to have a long pedigree of experience in actually designing discrete power.”

Using power components also means you don’t need to design from the ground up every time you have a new system, providing a high degree of flexibility. Yeaman comments:

“If your system needs the ability to reuse designs and customize, or scale, or tweak your design to individual load needs, then power components give you the capability to design your power system to the exact set of requirements that you need, and then scale and modify the power for that or for other systems.”

During the webinar, Yeaman highlights many ways that a component-driven approach improves the design cycle, making power system design more efficient:

“If you need the fastest design cycle possible, or if you need to design a system with the least amount of effort, the lowest risk, and deploying the fewest resources possible, power components offer a very straightforward and easy way for a non-power-expert engineer to design an expert-level power system that has the best chance for first power-up success.”

Power components take the heavy lifting out of the power system design. Rather than having to worry about topology choices, power chain optimization, and the like, you can focus on the attributes of your power system that are unique to your application and the equipment that you are trying to power.

Is this all too good to be true?

“Don’t fall into a power component rut. As you begin to use power components, you develop your own favorite power components. They become like your favorite tools in your toolbox. It’s important to note that there are new power components, capabilities, and design tools that are becoming available every day.”

If you’re ready to take advantage of the benefits of using a power component approach to developing your next power system, watch Paul Yeaman walk through a real application, showing how easy it is to use his three-step process to improve your designs.

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