Vicor – Addressing Trends in Power Design with the Power Component Design Methodology

Power distribution and management are crucial elements of electrical systems. When designing power systems, engineers need to optimize efficiency, minimize space used and maintain competitive overall system cost. These are often contradictory requirements, presenting significant challenges, especially in the context of shorter development timeframes and changing system specifications.

Traditional approaches to power design relying on integrated power supplies with many outputs, struggle to meet the efficiency, density and cost metrics of modern applications. And the inherent inflexibility of the approach makes it almost impossible to accommodate changes within tight project timescales.

Power Component Design Methodology is a scalable and modular approach to power system design. Utilizing online tools, power system designers can select from an extensive portfolio of proven power components, to architect, optimize and simulate their designs, from power source to point-of-load. This innovative approach to power system design reduces time to design verification and meets leading edge density, efficiency and cost targets.

A comprehensive portfolio of power components lets designers create power chains based on this approach. Each component performs a specific function, optimized to deliver outstanding performance to meet design goals. The innovations that enable such power components include novel topologies, such as zero voltage switching, and new packaging technologies.

Optimizing packaging is essential if power components are to meet density, efficiency and cost targets. Vicor has invested heavily in packaging R&D, developing the most innovative, high-performance packages in the industry. Our System in Package (SiP) is a compact platform for PoL converters, and the novel Converter housed in Package (ChiP), allows extremely high power throughput with unprecedented power density of up to 2750 W/in3 (at 1.75kW). Vicor recently launched their VIA Packaging, an electrically and thermally adept platform for front-end power components.

The Power Component Design Methodology is a game-changing approach to power design, made possible by the development of easy to use high performance power components. Combining the right functionality with novel switching topologies and innovative packaging, Vicor helps engineers overcome power design challenges. Now and in the future.