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Back to Basics: Why do we need active surge suppression?

December 7, 2013
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Back to Basics: Why do we need active surge suppression?

It’s well understood that unexpected electrical disturbances can cause data loss or even permanent damage to any unprotected electronic equipment in their path. Active as well as passive suppression is essential to provide comprehensive protection from all such events. This post shows why this is so, and how active suppression works to fulfil its role. Electrical events threaten electronic equipment by placing excessive electrical energy onto its input power rails in the form of a transient, a surge, or possibly both. A transient is typified as a fast-rising voltage...

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See Vicor’s Presentation from INTELEC 2013

December 2, 2013
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At INTELEC 2013, Vicor presented a paper that discusses the design of power adaptors that will step down a 400 V power rail to 48 V, discussing the efficiency, safety and power density as well as techniques to reduce any harmonics generated by the converters. If you weren’t able to attend INTELEC, you can catch up by viewing Power Adapter Design for 400 V DC Power Distribution in Electronic Systems below:   from View more of our presentations on SlideShare Related Information INTELEC 2013 – DC distribution: The way forward...

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Stephen Oliver Explains the Importance of High Voltage DC Distribution

November 13, 2013
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Stephen Oliver Explains the Importance of High Voltage DC Distribution

Stephen Oliver, Vice President at Vicor’s VI Chip division, is presenting a series of webinars about higher voltage DC (HVDC) power distribution. We wanted to find out why he is so passionate about this emerging power technology.

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Maurizio Salato to present two technical papers at INTELEC 2013

October 5, 2013
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Maurizio Salato to present two technical papers at INTELEC 2013

Vicor’s director of systems engineering, Maurizio Salato, will present technical papers discussing 380/400 VDC distribution for telecom and datacenter power applications during INTELEC® 2013. These presentations, which are part of the High Voltage DC technical program, were co-written with other leading power experts from across the industry. The first paper, “380 VDC Ecosystem Development: Present Status and Future Challenges” will be presented with representatives from HP, Universal Electric Corporation, Juniper Networks and Emerson Network Power. Attendees will hear an overview and progress update about the ecosystem development and future...

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Optimizing for Datacenter Power System Efficiency and Reduced Energy Costs

Optimizing for Datacenter Power System Efficiency and Reduced Energy Costs

There are no sloppy designs in datacenters. To the consumer a datacenter is just another pipe in the cloud, a conduit for their data and experiences.  However, to the industry giants wringing real dollars (in the form of demographic studies, transactional charges, and raw click-based advertising) a datacenter is the backbone of their business operations. Just like the assembly lines of Ford and the coke furnaces of Carnegie, the most efficient (least cost to operate) datacenter provides the greatest set of financial and operational benefits to their owners.

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Controlled-Bus Architecture with Voltage Equalization: a System Approach to Higher Efficiency in Low Voltage DC Distribution

May 23, 2013
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At PCIM Europe 2013, Vicor presented a paper describing how “Central Offices” for Telecommunications have been historically powered by a wide range, negative-referenced 48V distribution system. The need for simple, direct battery-power backup has been the main driver behind this choice, which is regulated by global organizations standards.

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China: Cliff Keys interviews Eric Wong, Vice President of Sales

China: Cliff Keys interviews Eric Wong, Vice President of Sales

I interviewed Eric Wong, Vicor’s Vice President of Sales Asia Pacific to find out what was happening in the Chinese Market. There are so many news reports some of which can be misleading or confusing, that I thought it best to go direct to Vicor.

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