Unlike low frequency ac-dc front ends using
a PFC boost stage and a dc-dc down converter, Vicor Corp.'sPFM VI
BRICK module provides isolation, voltage transformation and PFC regulation
in a single stage using advanced, high-frequency soft switching technology. Its
thin profile liberates system architects from dimensional constraints of bulky power
supplies. Its small size, coupled with secondary-side energy storage at 48V,
allows greater flexibility and creativity to design slim products with
competitive advantages. Its modular, scalable power component functionality
supports efficient, cost-effective power systems with 'N+1' redundancy.
This initial PFM module complements an array of VI BRICK
and V.I Chip converter building blocks that Vicor Corp. says provides unparalleled density, efficiency and connectivity from
the wall plug to the point of load.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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