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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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Applications Push Input Voltages of DC-DC Converters Higher

Applications Push Input Voltages of DC-DC Converters Higher

With power consumption and the cost of power increasing exponentially, datacenters are rapidly migrating toward high voltage DC power distribution because of their increasing need to reduce power distribution losses and improve overall system efficiency.

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48 Vdc Distribution; a Safe, Practical and Efficient Solution for Equipment Racks

April 5, 2013
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48 Vdc Distribution; a Safe, Practical and Efficient Solution for Equipment Racks

Vicor’s new AC Front End Module has an isolated, regulated output of 330 W at 48 Vdc. Its applications are many and varied, including powering rack-mounted equipment in telecommunications or data centres. However designers for such applications sometimes ask why the DC output has been set at 48 V rather than 12 V, or even 5 V?

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Video Interview with Embedded Control Europe

April 4, 2013
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Video Interview with Embedded Control Europe

At Embedded World 2013 Vicor introduced the PI34xx series of Cool-Power ZVS Buck Regulators optimized for 12 V operation (8 V to 18 Vin).

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Investing in India

Investing in India

Design trends in the DC-DC converter module market are driving applications in communications (4G & LTE base-stations and fiber infrastructure) as well as the computing and server markets. These are applications that require the engineering community to acquire a deep technical understanding to overcome the many challenges before them.

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