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You Should Never Break the Chain…

April 6, 2016
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You Should Never Break the Chain…

Power system designers talk about power chains: a series of components or power supplies that generates the voltages and currents required by the loads from the supply.

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What’s all this Excitement over 48 V?

April 6, 2016
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What’s all this Excitement over 48 V?

Efficient, dense, cost-effective and reliable power distribution is a critical element in data centers and other distributed electronics applications, such as autonomous driving vehicles and LED lighting.

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Sine Amplitude Converters Provide Design Flexibility

March 2, 2016
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Sine Amplitude Converters Provide Design Flexibility

Vicor devices such as the VTM and BCM use the Sine Amplitude Converter Topology (SAC) to provide isolation and voltage transformation functions

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An Overview of the Sine Amplitude Converter

February 3, 2016
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An Overview of the Sine Amplitude Converter

Using power components to architect power chains produces highly optimized solutions. One of the reasons for this is that each power component can use the best switching topology

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I Clicked the Mouse Four Times and an AC-DC Power System Design Appeared

January 28, 2016
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I Clicked the Mouse Four Times and an AC-DC Power System Design Appeared

Our new PowerBench Power System Designer makes it easy to architect and analyze power chains, even when you have an AC input.

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Achieving High Efficiency When Driving LEDs with Constant Current

January 12, 2016
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Achieving High Efficiency When Driving LEDs with Constant Current

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are highly efficient light sources that are used in a wide variety of applications, from digital signage to providing illumination.

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How Do You Decide the Best Power Chain for Your Application?

December 3, 2015
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How Do You Decide the Best Power Chain for Your Application?

The Power Component Design Methodology is an extremely flexible approach to the development of power systems, using power components to produce designs that are optimized for your application. But how can you determine what is the “optimum” solution to your particular design challenge? Consider the following five figures of merit: Highest Operating Efficiency Lowest Component Count Lowest Cost Smallest Footprint Best Fit The demands of the application will determine the figure of merit that is most appropriate. For example Highest Operating Efficiency (the highest overall efficiency of the complete system at its maximum operating...

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