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A New Way to Remotely Operate Your MicroPAC

November 13, 2013
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A New Way to Remotely Operate Your MicroPAC

One of the great things about the MicroPAC from Vicor’s Westcor Division is its flexibility. It is now even easier to configure and operate a MicroPAC, with the launch of the new dongle adaptor and Windows software. Simply plug in the dongle and download the free software available from the Vicor website (software available December 2013) that provides a GUI interface to allow an operator to control the unit remotely. Click connect and the system will check for a connected MicroPAC and then allow the operator to enter the model number. The software is...

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Why Customers Choose the Westcor MicroPAC

October 9, 2013
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The Westcor MicroPAC power system is a universal voltage input, power factor corrected AC-DC power supply. It’s based on Vicor’s VI Chip BCM technology, which not only increases efficiency to up to 92%, but also allows the MicroPAC to deliver up to 1300 W with a power density of 25 W/in3. This efficient AC-DC solution is available in both fan-cooled and conduction cooled packages, and it’s performance means it finds applications in a wide range of applications including industrial, test and measurement, communications and defense. The performance of the MicroPAC enables customers to solve challenging design...

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Video on engineeringtv.com: the technology behind the Cool-Power ZVS DC-DC Converters

July 8, 2013
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Claudio Tuozzolo talks to ‘Electronic Design Europe’ editor, Sally Ward-Foxton, at PCIM 2013 about  the technology behind the Picor Cool-Power® PI31xx series of isolated, ZVS-based DC-DC converters.

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Video interview presenting ChiP packaging technology

July 1, 2013
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Claudio Tuozzolo introduces Vicor’s ChiP (Converter Housed in Package) packaging technology to ‘Electronic Design Europe’ editor, Paul Whytock, at the PCIM show in Nuremberg, Germany. 

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Video: Cool-Power ZVS DC-DC High Density Converter Modules

June 17, 2013
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Vicor’s new Cool-Power DC-DC converters utilize an advanced Zero-Voltage Switching (ZVS) architecture and high-performance planar magnetics to enable IC-like density and greater PCB layout flexibility in space-constrained environments. The high-switching frequency (900 kHz) of series converters reduces input filter and output capacitance requirements, drastically reducing space requirements.

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How Adaptive Cell Topology Benefits AC Applications

June 11, 2013
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With the wide variation in AC line voltages around the world, universal power supplies are typically designed to accept 85VRMS to 264VRMS inputs. This range has imposed significant design trade-offs on the power factor corrected AC rectification typically used in front end converters. The Vicor PFM isolated AC-DC converter with PFC, and the AC Front End Module both have Adaptive Cell™ topology at their heart, providing a breakthrough in AC front end power factor correction that addresses these trade-offs to provide a consistently efficient solution. It does so by introducing innovation at three different...

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Vicor’s Converter housed in Package (ChiP) Technology

Vicor has pioneered a breakthrough power component packaging platform – “Converter housed in Package” – or “ChiP” for short. Vicor‘s ChiP technology enables much smaller and more flexible component form factors, advancing power component design methodologies by simplifying design processes, and delivering power systems in a small form factor.

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An Introduction to ChiP Technology

May 13, 2013
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An Introduction to ChiP Technology

In this latest video Steve Oliver, VP VI Chip Division, presents an introduction to Vicor’s new ChiP technology (“Converter Housed in Package”).  This exciting new technology has been developed to enable the next generation of power components The demand is for ever smaller power components able to handle more power and greater loads.  Yet the development of these products is being hampered by resulting heat dissipation issues.  Our ChiP packaging technology provides the breakthrough necessary to achieve size and performance levels previously thought to be impossible. And the flexibility of the technology will enable...

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High Density Power Solutions for Heavy Power Regulation

High Density Power  Solutions for Heavy Power Regulation

Vicor’s VI Chip PRM is a very efficient non-isolated regulator for high power applications, delivering up to 500 W from a single chip. It uses Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS) technology to  buck and boost a wide range of input voltages, providing a regulated, adjustable output voltage. In this post we see why the PRM improves and eases power system design, and give an overview of the internal topology behind its power density and efficiency.

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Using a High-Performance, Integrated AC Front End to Streamline Design and Reduce Time to Market

May 8, 2013
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Using a High-Performance, Integrated AC Front End to Streamline Design and Reduce Time to Market

Among the many challenges of AC-DC converters and Power Factor Corrected (PFC) AC rectification is maintaining the desired performance across the worldwide mains, from low through high line, 85VRMS to 264VRMS. Maintaining high efficiency and power-factor usually forces design tradeoffs and operating compromises. The thermal system, as well as active and magnetic power components, has to be specified for worst-case scenarios. An alternative approach for the OEM is to “regionalize” the supply, but this also results in other design and supply chain drawbacks.

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