Laser for 3D Glass Engraving

You may have already seen these nice little glass cubes with engraved 3-dimensional faces, animals, machines etc. They are manufactured by focusing a high power laser beam inside the glass. The energy of the laser beam causes micro explosions in the glass. The result is small white dots, and with hundreds of these dots a 3-dimensional picture appears inside the glass. Laser diodes are not only very expensive but also quite sensitive. Precise output regulation is necessary to control the current into the laser diodes. Vicor’s product was an...

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Keeping One’s Cool

To provide a long service life, power supplies require adequate cooling. Heat is removed from the supply using conduction, convection and radiation cooling. The equipment casing is sometimes used to conduct heat away. Often additional cooling is required and ambient air (convection) or moving air, e.g. from a fan, is used to remove excess heat. What airflow is required and should an additional heatsink be used? These questions are answered by using Vicor’s Thermal Design Calculator or graphically by using our published charts. The Technical Tip below explains how...

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Customers Benefit from Vicor’s Chort Cycle-Time Production Processes

The “component power” concept, where modular building blocks replace discrete component designs, has proved popular partly because customers benefit from the improved time-to-market. Over the past few years Vicor’s investment in automation and lean manufacturing processes has reduced the lead-time for manufactured products from weeks to days. Through our prototype service Vicor can offer delivery of small quantities of any one of 10,000 different standard modules from our factory in typically 10-15 days. Additionally, Power Express offers customers lead-times of less than six weeks on production quantities. Our offices...

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PFC MicroS: Winning Combination of High Density, Low Profile

PFC MicroS: Winning Combination of High Density, Low Profile

One customer uses two different PFC MicroS configurations in a semiconductor test system. The system is a very large climatic chamber that is configurable to allow the test of different semiconductor families. Dependent upon the type of DUT (device under test) the configuration of the power system is adapted to the task. The power system has three 3-phase 10KW main transformers that independently power the climatic chamber compressor, the control system and the test system. The test system uses 48 channels and each channel has its own dedicated test...

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Product Configurator for Your Power Supplies

Our online product configurator is a great tool for design engineers. Assisting you with the product selection process, the programme quickly leads you to the most suitable power supply solution for your application from the thousands of standard products Vicor offers. Depending on your input/output combination, you will be offered a choice of alternative solutions, together with information relating to compatible products and accessories. Try the product configurator. Online Custom Power Solutions Vicor and its distributors have for many years been working successfully in partnership with our Value Added...

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1st Generation Modules Go Underground

1st Generation Modules Go Underground

Our 1st generation modules have found their way underground! This highly sophisticated piece of inspection equipment crawls remotely around small and inaccessible spaces,inspecting ipelines, drains and sewers. Vicor’s product was an ideal solution for the crawler, not only being small and lightweight, but also providing a rugged and robust power supply, perfectly suited to the most challenging environments. Additionally, we were able to condition the power and address the issues of voltage transients that are associated with running off a 600m cable.

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28 V Military COTS Input Filter

28 V Military COTS Input Filter

The M-FIAM5B: this recently introduced 28 V input filter provides superior transient immunity to its predecessors. Requiring minimal external components when used with Vicor’s 2nd Gen DC-DC converters the M-FIAM5B meets MIL-STD-704E input requirements as well as providing EMI filtering to MIL-STD-461E. Other features include a 20 A output capability, inrush current limiting and remote enable/disable. Measuring only 56 x 58 x 13 mm The M-FIAM has proved popular in ground mobile military systems. Download a datasheet

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