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Packaging Innovations: As Slick as a Brick

July 22, 2014
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Packaging Innovations: As Slick as a Brick

This is the second in a series of three blog posts written by Doug Ping, Principal Application Engineer at Vicor, which explain how packaging innovations play a critical role in the improvement of power system performance.

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Enabling Higher Performance Power Components with Packaging Innovations

July 15, 2014
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Enabling Higher Performance Power Components with Packaging Innovations

This is the first in a series of three blog posts written by Doug Ping, Principal Application Engineer at Vicor, which explain how packaging innovations play a critical role in the improvement of power system performance.

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White Paper: Leveraging Bus Converters in Regulated DC-DC Applications

July 3, 2014
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White Paper: Leveraging Bus Converters in Regulated DC-DC Applications

This paper, presented at PCIM 2014 by David Bourner, one of our applications engineers, provides a comparison between Factorized Power Architecture (FPA) and the Yeaman Topology in a regulated, high density DC-DC application. It describes a variant on FPA that utilizes a Power Component Methodology, and compares FPA solutions against the Yeaman Topology. A description of the investigation methods used and outcomes of various tests to establish performance metrics follow. Practical aspects of applying power components to both FP and YT architectures are followed by a summary of salient attributes for each system. The Yeaman...

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Stephen Oliver to Present PSMA Power Technology Roadmap Webinar

July 3, 2014
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Stephen Oliver to Present PSMA Power Technology Roadmap Webinar

Stephen Oliver, Vice President at Vicor’s VI Chip division, will present a webinar entitled High Voltage (HVDC) Distribution & Conversion in Datacenters, Aerospace, Microgrids & Transportation on Thursday, 10 July at 11am Eastern (4pm UK, 8am Pacific).

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Analyze new DCMs’ Performance with PowerBench Whiteboard

June 30, 2014
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Analyze new DCMs’ Performance with PowerBench Whiteboard

We have added the new DC-DC Converter Modules (DCMs) to the portfolio of devices available on the Powerbench™ Whiteboard, allowing you to optimize and analyze power chains using these new components.

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Back to Basics: Using Hot Swap to Minimize Downtime

June 25, 2014
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Back to Basics: Using Hot Swap to Minimize Downtime

Given the critical role of modern telecommunications and data communications equipment, maximizing its online availability must always be the first priority. Clearly, any equipment’s availability depends critically on that of its power supply. Fortunately, close to zero power system downtime can be effectively achieved by combining two techniques – redundancy and hot-swapping. In this back-to-basics post we will see how these work together, and how systems can be designed for hot swapping. Consider for example a rack-mounted telecommunications system comprising modules plugged into the rack’s backplane, with a total power requirement of 120 W...

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