Robert Gendron Explains Why 48 V is the New 12 V in this On-Demand Webinar

December 2, 2014

48V-is-the-new-12V-webinarPower system designers in a variety of applications, including telecoms, data centers, automotive, industrial, lighting and aerospace, have long relied on a 12 V intermediate (or hub) bus to distribute electrical power. With increasing demands for higher output powers in smaller spaces, and the need to improve efficiency, 12 V is rapidly being replaced with 48 V.

By moving to a higher voltage, engineers reduce the I2R loss in cabling, improving power efficiency. The smaller, lighter cabling is also cheaper, offers easier routing of power, and enables further energy savings, particularly in transportation applications where weight means increased fuel consumption. Even telecommunications applications are switching from -48 V power rails to +48 V distribution.

In this webinar, first presented at electronica 2014, Robert Gendron, vice president of Vicor’s Picor division, walks through the benefits of 48 V power distribution in a typical data center application. He explains the benefits of the higher voltage and shows new components that will convert directly from 48 V to low (even sub-1 V) voltages for the load in a single conversion stage.

This half-hour webinar is a valuable introduction to this important trend. Click here to learn why 48 V is the new 12 V today.


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