Transportation

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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Get Your Ticket Here!

July 10, 2005
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When using public transport such as trains, buses or trams, you could be buying your ticket from a machine powered by Vicor. At a public bus or railway station, ticket machines have to tolerate all weather conditions, ranging from the freezing cold temperatures of long winters in Finland or Norway, to very hot summers in Spain or Italy. Because Vicor modules operate from -55ºC to +100ºC, they are ideally suited to this particular application. Inside a bus or tram, a ticket machine has to be able to withstand shock and vibration; because all Vicor...

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