ANDOVER, Mass., 28 Nov 2006. Vicor Corp. in Andover, Mass., is offering a line of 52 factorized power architecture (FPA) customer evaluation and validation boards, featuring BCM, PRM, and VTM V-I Chip power components.
FPA technology and the families of V-I Chip power components offer a new approach to distributed power. Factorizing DC-DC power conversion into its basic functions -- isolation and transformation in the VTM units and regulation in the PRM module -- to make the most power system performance and cost effectiveness. Unregulated BCM converters complete the line-up.
Four PRM non-isolated regulator boards and 13 VTM current multiplier boards are available. A PRM board is selected to match the desired input voltage, and a VTM board is selected to provide the desired output voltage and current. Plugged together, they allow the user to explore FPA's regulated DC-relatively old capabilities and develop an understanding of the technology.
Fourteen 48-volt BCM converter evaluation boards with fixed ratio outputs from 1.5 to 48 volts DC are also available, along with high-power 352- and 384-volt input versions. In addition, 21 BCM validation boards with standard 1/4 brick pinning are designed for engineers to test the performance of the BCM intermediate bus converter in their existing application and enable 300- or 600-Watt solutions.
The customer evaluation boards are equipped with test sockets, trim pots, and convenient input and output connections. A detailed User Guide for each board family can be accessed online.
"These boards offer a quick and easy way to get an appreciation of the advantages of V-I Chip technology," says Stephen Oliver, Vicor's vice president of marketing and sales. "They give the design engineer a jump start toward implementing this leading edge technology in technically challenging applications, meaning faster time to market and faster return on design investment."
For more information contact Vicor online at www.vicorpower.com.