You Should Never Break the Chain…

April 6, 2016

Power system designers talk about power chains: a series of components or power supplies that generates the voltages and currents required by the loads from the supply. Intuitively it seems obvious that selection of components in one part of the chain affects the optimum way to architect other parts of the power chain.

Power system engineers, however, are often unaware of the benefits of thinking about power chains holistically. Design teams frequently separate the development of the front-end of a power system from the point of load. Perhaps this is inevitable, as component manufacturers and design tool vendors tend to create tools that only help with the creation and optimization of one section of the power chain at a time.

Designers that use Vicor’s Power Component Design Methodology can take a very different approach. Utilizing Vicor’s online tools, power system designers select from an extensive portfolio of proven Vicor power components to architect, optimize and simulate their complete power system, all the way from their input sources to their points of load. Using the Power Component Design Methodology enables power system designers to reap all of the benefits of modular power component design – predictable component and system functionality and reliability, fast design cycles, and easy system configurability, re-configurability and scaling – while achieving system operating efficiency, power density and economy.

Vicor Power System Designer

The Vicor Power System Designer

Our Power System Designer is a key element of the Power Component Design Methodology. Engineers can specify the parameters for a complete power chain by entering the parameters of the source and each load. The tool will then architect solutions that offer the best performance based on five metrics: BOM cost, component count, efficiency, size and an overall “best fit” metric. The solution that is optimized for the application’s requirements can be selected easily and sent to the PowerBench Whiteboard, where the performance of the whole power chain can be analyzed.

The Power System Designer is a unique tool that enables power developers to architect, optimize and simulate the entire power chain. This approach delivers fast time to market and state-of-the-art performance while minimizing the possibility of last minute surprises and delays that so often occur with conventional or custom design methodologies.

Learn More

Learn more about how the Power Component Design Methodology enables power system designers to develop complete power chains quickly and easily by viewing our on-demand webinar Designing High Performance Power Systems.

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