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Explosives Detection Systems for Airports

February 18, 2007
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Explosives Detection Systems for Airports

Air travel is an essential part of our daily lives; over 600 million people fly each year, not to mention the millions of bags that go along with them. That is why efficient explosives detectors are absolutely vital for passengers’ safety. Current explosives detection systems (EDS) are the size of a mini-van and employ technology which combine many x-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional views and, if needed, three-dimensional images. A variety of Vicor products, such as modules, VIPACs and PFC MegaPACs, can be used in these systems. In...

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Expansion of the Maxi, Mini and Micro Families of Modules

February 8, 2007
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Having listened carefully to what our customers tell us about their dc-dc power supply requirements, Vicor is very pleased to tell you that within the past year we have doubled the number of pre-defined modules available to you, making it far more likely that you can get the exact power that you need for your design. The expanded range includes: Mid power Maxis for the V 24, V 300 and V 375 families Mid power Minis for the V 24, V 300, and V 375 families Mid power Micros for the V 24, V...

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New one-slot VME 450 DC power card created using

February 5, 2007
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New one-slot VME 450 DC power card created using

Vicor, through it’s subsidiary, Aegis Power Systems has designed an industry-leading, highly efficient, high power, lightweight and compact solution for designers requiring a 28 Vdc VME power supply for the MIL-COTS environment. Built using Vicor’s new MIL V•I Chips™ (six PRMs and six VTMs) and two M-FIAM modules, the one-slot VME 450 DC power card – 28 Vin, 550 Wout, four outputs, input filtered – is a military COTs solution that meets the MIL spec for shock and vibration (MIL-STD-810 Ground Mobile) specs as well as military EM specifications (MIL-STD-461E CE 102, CS101). The one-slot...

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V•I Chip Family in Full Production

February 2, 2007
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V•I Chip Family in Full Production

Following the launch of the Bus Converter V•I Chip in August 2006, Vicor has announced that a full family of further V•I Chips components, required for implementing complete Factorized Power Architectures (FPA), entered production in November. Using the Pre-Regulator Module (PRM) and the Voltage Transformation Module (VTM) 48 Vdc input FPA systems can now be implemented that provide isolated, regulated outputs from 0.8 to 55 Vdc. The current range of standard V•I Chip products is targeted to meet the requirements of customers in the high volume manufacture of RF and communications systems, high-end servers,...

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A New Lower-Cost 2nd Gen Option for DC-DC Modules and VIPAC Arrays

December 20, 2006
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A New Lower-Cost 2nd Gen Option for DC-DC Modules and VIPAC Arrays

Vicor customers will be pleased to know that there is now a new, lower cost option for the high performance line of 2nd Generation dc-dc converter modules and VIPAC Arrays – E-Grade versions. With the addition of the E-grade, Vicor can now offer four different environmental grades of the 2nd Gen product family: E-grade products have an operating temperature range down to –10°C; C-grade operate down to –25 °C; T and H-grades at –40 °C; and M-grades at –55 °C. Additionally H and M-grade products undergo extensive environmental screening prior to shipment. These dc-dc...

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Mobile Radio (Helicopter)

October 24, 2006
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Mobile Radio (Helicopter)

A professional mobile radio, used for civil and military communications, emergency services, aid, vigilance and control, is powered by Vicor. The modules provide mechanical and thermal ruggedness, correct temperature and humidity ranges, Radio Frequency Susceptibility (radiated and conducted) performances, high-efficiency, and shock and vibration resistance. The European Organization for Civil Aviation Electronics (EUROCAE), who works jointly with RTCA in the development of standards, defines a series of minimum standard environmental test conditions and applicable test procedures for airborne equipment. The purpose of these tests, which last 20 days, is to determine the performance characteristics...

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New Mid-Power 48 Vin Micro Modules

September 5, 2006
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New Mid-Power 48 Vin Micro Modules

Vicor has added six mid-power Micro DC-DC converters to the 48 Vdc input family: a 50 W model at 3.3 Vout and 75 W models at 12, 15, 24, 28, and 48 Vout. The modules – which incorporate Vicor’s patented low-noise zero-current and zero-voltage switching (ZCS/ZVS) – are appropriate for power system applications in distributed power, medical, ATE, communications, defence, and aerospace. With these new models, the 48 Vin Micros family now comprises 16 models with output voltages from 2 to 48 Vdc and power levels from 50 to 150 W. The converters operate...

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