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Intermediate Bus Architecture (IBA) versus Factorized Power Architecture (FPA)

August 20, 2012
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Intermediate Bus Architecture (IBA) versus Factorized Power Architecture (FPA)

We’ve posted a number of articles over the last few months about the different power architectures available, and the advantages and disadvantages of using each. In this post we continue on this theme, looking at the difference between Intermediate Bus Architecture (IBA) and the latest architecture Factorized Power Architecture (FPA).

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Boosting Energy Efficiency in Power Converters

August 16, 2012
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Boosting Energy Efficiency in Power Converters

From lossy DC distribution buses in telecom equipments to power hungry datacenter servers and emerging aerospace systems, the quest to further cut power losses and improve the overall efficiency of power solutions in these applications is very high.

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Back to Basics: Handling High Input Transients

July 16, 2012
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Back to Basics: Handling High Input Transients

Although perhaps not as obvious as the EMI requirements mentioned in an earlier post (Meeting EMI for AC-DC Systems), the protection of the system against transients is not only a fundamental part of the development but can also become a major challenge during the design cycle.

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Petaflops and Megawatts

July 13, 2012
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Petaflops and Megawatts

Congratulations to the engineers at IBM, who have taken the USA to the top of the Top 500 list of supercomputers around the world.

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Back to Basics: Meeting EMI for AC-DC Systems

June 8, 2012
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Back to Basics: Meeting EMI for AC-DC Systems

EMI is seen as one of the key challenges of power conversion design and system integration, particularly for AC-DC systems.

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New Webinar: Designing Power Supplies for Defense Applications

New Webinar: Designing Power Supplies for Defense Applications

I was asked to create a presentation for a technical webinar for those who design power supplies for harsh environments, particularly in the defense and aerospace industry.

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Improve Your AC-DC Front End’s Density, Efficiency, and Flexibility

June 6, 2012
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Improve Your AC-DC Front End’s Density, Efficiency, and Flexibility

Front-end ac-dc converters have changed significantly in terms of efficiency and density, yet power factor issues continue to cause problems, particularly with switch-mode ac-dc converters. 

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