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New ChiP BCM for HVDC: More Power, Higher Input Voltage

April 16, 2014
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New ChiP BCM for HVDC: More Power, Higher Input Voltage

We have just announced a new BCM designed for HVDC applications. The new device follows the announcement of the first BCM to use the ChiP platform a couple of months ago, and offers improved performance and increased functionality. The new device is optimized for up to 400 V DC nominal input voltage (260 to 410 V), supporting systems that use a 400 V HVDC bus, as well as those based on 380 V. It also offers significantly higher throughput, delivering 50V at 1.75 kW with 98% peak efficiency. This means a power density of...

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Tools to Architect, Analyze and Optimize Power Chains: On-Demand Webinar

April 16, 2014
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Tools to Architect, Analyze and Optimize Power Chains: On-Demand Webinar

We have a wide range of valuable online tools, created by our engineers to meet the specific needs of power systems developers on our website. Perhaps the most innovative are the PowerBench™ Solution Selector and Whiteboard, which allow you to create and analyze power chains optimized for your application. Our latest on-demand webinar, presented by Sean Crilly, our VP VI Chip Design Engineering, shows you how to use these tools to simplify your power system projects. The Solution Selector identifies different power chain topologies that meet your requirements, allowing you to select the best...

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Vicor Provides Digi-Key with Another Geek Moment

April 8, 2014
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The Digi-Key Another Geek Moment video series is a favourite for engineers, providing interesting and unusual demonstrations of the capabilities of different manufacturers’ products. In a recent video, a Vicor AC-DC supply is coupled with one of our IBCs, which steps down 48 V to 12 V, to start an all-terrain vehicle (ATV or quad bike). The demonstration illustrates an important point: some applications require very high peak currents, which many power supplies struggle to deliver. The Vicor solution actually delivers a peak of 60.5A in the demonstration: an impressive figure, particularly given the...

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On-Demand Webinar Explains Next Generation Electrical Power Architectures for Military Vehicles

March 31, 2014
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On-Demand Webinar Explains Next Generation Electrical Power Architectures for Military Vehicles

In this webinar rebroadcast, George Hamilton, Deputy Associate Director, US Army RDECOM-TARDEC, describes the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Electrical Power Architecture TARDEC is developing for the Army combat platforms. George is lead engineer on the project, and provides valuable insight into the complete project from requirements to the technologies used and power architectures developed.

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Interview: Vicor Custom Europe

March 31, 2014
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Interview: Vicor Custom Europe

We recently announced the launch of Vicor Custom Europe, allowing European customers to easily access Vicor’s world-class custom design and manufacturing capabilities. To learn more about this new capability in Europe, we interviewed Wojciech Tabisz, general manager of Vicor Custom Europe.

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Back to Basics: Do I Need Filtering on the Input and Output Side of the Converters?

March 30, 2014
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Back to Basics: Do I Need Filtering on the Input and Output Side of the Converters?

All switching power supplies generate potentially interfering signals as a result of their high frequency, high power switching.

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EE Times Europe Discusses Technology Trends with Phil Davies

March 28, 2014
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EE Times Europe Discusses Technology Trends with Phil Davies

EE Times Europe journalist, Paul Buckley, recently interviewed Phil Davies, Vicor’s VP Global Sales & Marketing, about the trends in power system architectures.

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On-Demand Webinar Explains How HVDC Changes Hybrid Transportation Power Systems

March 20, 2014
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On-Demand Webinar Explains How HVDC Changes Hybrid Transportation Power Systems

Hybrid automotives are now commonplace, as the fuel savings offered by a hybrid approach are compelling for many drivers.  And it is estimated that more than 30% of the vehicles in the world will use some kind of hybrid power in 2025. This on-demand webinar rebroadcast explains why the use of High Voltage DC (HVDC) power distribution is key to ensuring efficiency, particularly in more demanding transportation applications such as construction vehicles.

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Webinar Explains How to Analyze Power Chains with Vicor Whiteboard

March 18, 2014
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Webinar Explains How to Analyze Power Chains with Vicor Whiteboard

Sean Crilly, VP VI Chip design engineering, will present a webinar on Thursday, April 10 that explains how power system developers can use Vicor PowerBench™ tools to dramatically cut the time required to design and analyze power chains.

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Doug Ping Discusses the Importance of Packaging in Power Systems Design

March 13, 2014
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Doug Ping Discusses the Importance of Packaging in Power Systems Design

The March 2014 issue of Power Systems Design (PSD) North America features an article by Doug Ping that discusses the importance of packaging and thermo-mechanical design for power components.

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