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New Mid-Power Micro Modules

April 1, 2006
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New Mid-Power Micro Modules

Vicor has added seven mid-power Micro DC-DC converters to the high-density 300 Vdc input family: two 50 W models, one at 3.3 Vout and 5 Vout, and five 75 W models at 12, 15, 24, 28, and 48 Vout. The modules are appropriate for designing off-line power systems for industrial and process control, distributed power, medical, ATE, communications, defense, and aerospace applications. The addition of these modules doubles the size of the high-power density 300 Vin Micro family, which previously consisted of 100 W at 5 Vout, and 150 W at 12, 15, 24,...

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Our Goal: High Performance, On Time, Always

March 20, 2006
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Vicor prides itself on the high performance, small size and wide selection of the products we offer; however, we are also focused on ensuring our products are delivered quickly, on time and to exacting quality standards. Our website now has a Quality Centre, a comprehensive online resource of Vicor quality systems. The visitor can create a custom quality report or take a ‘virtual tour’ of Vicor’s 21,400sq metre factory, showing the key stages in the manufacture of our products. There is a library of documentation, videos, and process charts, downloadable reports in PDF format,...

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New Tram-Trains Using Tyres

February 16, 2006
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New Tram-Trains Using Tyres

This new rubber-tyred vehicle system takes bus and tramway and combines the advantages of the two systems: better stability, a smoother ride for travellers, only one central rail, more flexibility and, with a diesel engine, it can be used on every road. Vicor modules (VI-J00 products) are used in this modern system of transportation. With a wide input voltage range of 18 – 36 Vdc, a high reliability (MTBF), low size and weight, and ease of use, the Vicor modules provided the ideal solution.

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Vicor is Now Shipping RoHS Compliant Products

January 4, 2006
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Customers using Vicor products can decide for themselves the date that they wish to transition to RoHS compliant manufacturing processes. Whilst the European Community has established a date of 1st July 2006 for full RoHS compliance, some customers may wish to transition immediately whilst others in market areas such as Defence and Telecoms, which are generally excluded, may wish to delay transition. For our first generation VI-200 and VI-J modules Vicor has introduced new VE- part numbers that allow customers to specify RoHS compliant product. For our 2nd Generation products, specifying a -G suffix...

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Electric Vehicle

December 19, 2005
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Electric Vehicle

In a recent application, the customer used two DC-DC converter modules, in parallel with current sharing and battery charging circuitry to provide power from a high voltage battery to the Smart Car’s standard 12 V electric system. The 316 Vdc battery is fitted in an insulated container under the car’s floor to provide traction via compact electric motors, instead of the normal petrol engine. In short, Vicor modules are being used as a solid-state alternator. Although the car has a small 12 V battery, to supply peak power and emergency back up, the two modules...

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Display In-Flight Simulator for Helicopter

December 15, 2005
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Display In-Flight Simulator for Helicopter

Pilots around the world regard flight simulation as the closest thing to the true experience of flight. One Vicor customer specialises in the design, manufacture and integration of high-resolution display systems. Applications include simulation, command and control, and virtual reality. The basic characteristics of the display – resolution, field-of-view, brightness and contrast – are optimized to meet the most rigorous training scenarios, like landing and takeoff for pilot training, complex combat scenarios, air-to-air, air-to-ground.   Vicor has various applications in this market, using our easily configurable power supply products, PFC MegaPACS. The truly user configurablity of...

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Speedometer for Buses and Subway

December 8, 2005
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Speedometer for Buses and Subway

Vicor modules (VI-J00 products) are used to redesign speedometers for urban transport such as buses and subway trains. Using the ‘T’ input voltage range, Vicor modules are very well suited to the transportation field. ‘T’ input voltages range from 66 to 160 Vdc and fit with 72 Vdc; 96 Vdc, and 110 Vdc, with the same part numbers. Vicor modules were suitable for this project because of the wide input voltage range: 66-160 Vdc. The low storage and operating temperatures were also of benefit to the client; the baseplate can be put onto a...

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