Applications

Green Energy Requires More than Windmills and Solar Panels

July 2, 2015
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Green Energy Requires More than Windmills and Solar Panels

The world is committed to moving to using “greener” energy, and in many countries you now can’t travel far without encountering windmills or solar panels that are feeding the electricity grid

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ICDCM Presentation Highlights the Breadth of the Data Center Power Challenge

June 30, 2015
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ICDCM Presentation Highlights the Breadth of the Data Center Power Challenge

At the recent ICDCM conference, Maurizio Salato presented a paper with a graph that summarizes the range of voltages that are used and power that must be delivered in a data center:

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ICDCM 2015 Paper Describes Optimal Power Architectures for Datacenters

June 9, 2015
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ICDCM 2015 Paper Describes Optimal Power Architectures for Datacenters

Read this paper by Maurizio Salato and Ugo Ghisla, which was originally presented at ICDCM 2015, to learn more about the use of high voltage DC power distribution to optimize datacenter power architectures.

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Bi-directional Conversion Topology Improves Performance of Batteries Systems in Energy Storage Applications

June 4, 2015
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Batteries play an increasingly important role in energy storage systems (ESS), allowing surplus energy harvested from fluctuating renewable energy sources to be stored and then released to the consuming equipment, or delivered back to the grid, when needed.

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Bodo’s Power Features Vicor Article Explaining the Move to +48 V in Communications Systems

May 28, 2015
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Bodo’s Power Features Vicor Article Explaining the Move to +48 V in Communications Systems

The latest issue of Bodo’s Power features an article written by Chester Firek, senior product marketing manager at Vicor, describing how telecoms and datacoms equipment manufacturers have migrated from -48 V to +48 V power systems, allowing them to take advantage of power components developed for other markets, particularly data center servers. In the past -48 V was selected because it reduced the vulnerability to corrosion caused by crude charge-control systems, humidity, and poor ventilation in the battery rooms of that era. With better environmental controls, power system designers can move to +48 V and take...

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Whiteboard: Fan Array Speed Control

May 5, 2015
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Whiteboard: Fan Array Speed Control

To improve efficiency and reduce noise, system designers need to control the speed of cooling fans. This Whiteboard shows a solution developed by Vicor applications engineer, Syed Saqib

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Li-Ion Battery Cell Test System

April 30, 2015
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Li-Ion Battery Cell Test System

Many electronic systems rely on batteries, which must be tested after manufacture to ensure reliability of the systems that use them. Masanobu Kamata, one of our principal applications engineers, developed a Li-Ion Battery Cell Test System

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