SOURCE: Vicor Corporation

Vicor Corporation

March 13, 2012 09:00 ET

Vicor Introduces 850W, 80A Quarter Brick IBC

New 5:1 Bus Converter Delivers 98% Peak Efficiency; Vicor's Online IBC Power Simulation Tool Lets Designers Model Performance and Power Capability in Demanding Thermal Environments

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - Mar 13, 2012) - Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) today announced the newest addition to its IBC050 product line of high performance, wide input range VI BRICK™ intermediate bus converters (IBCs). The new IB050Q096T80N1-00 quarter-brick IBC module can provide up to 850W of output power -- far exceeding the power capability and efficiency of competitive bus converters -- making it ideally suited for demanding applications spanning enterprise, optical access and storage networks.

Available as a drop-in upgrade for industry standard 5:1 fixed ratio converters, the new IBC module operates from a 36V to 60V input voltage range, with 2,250Vdc isolation from input to output while achieving 98% peak efficiency. Rated at up to 80 Amps, 850W from 55 to 60Vin and 550W from 36Vin, the 2.30 x 1.45 x 0.42 inch quarter-brick module allows designers to conserve valuable board space and achieve full load operation at 50°C with 400 LFM airflow.

The IB050Q096T80N1-00 IBC module yields maximum usable power in thermally constrained systems. Its open frame construction facilitates airflow above and below the module to minimize temperature rise of downstream components. Using an industry standard form factor and pinout, the new IBC module equips customers with greater power capability freeing up valuable board space.

Using Vicor's Sine Amplitude Converter™ topology, IBC050 series modules are pin-compatible with industry standard 'square wave' bus converters, which are fundamentally limited by switching losses to low operating frequencies, low power densities and low bandwidth. Operating at 1 MHz, the IB050Q096T80N1-00 IBC module cuts transient response time by a factor of 10 and eliminates the need for bulk capacitors across the intermediate bus.

Designers can take advantage of Vicor's new IBC Power Simulation tool, an industry-first online simulation capability, to interactively model the electrical and thermal performance of the IB050Q096T80N1-00 IBC module in application-specific operating conditions and thermal environments. Available to users via Vicor's PowerBench™ online design center, Vicor's IBC Power Simulation tool enables designers to quickly and easily select, simulate and optimize IBC performance under a variety of system thermal and electrical conditions.

"Customers in the high-performance networking domain seek high efficiency, high density IBC modules delivering the maximum usable power in the least space," said Robert Marchetti, Senior Manager of Product Marketing for Vicor's Brick Business Unit. "With our new 850W IB050Q096T80N1-00 IBC module, these customers can reclaim board space for high-value components that yield competitive advantages including greater system functionality and service capacity."

Pricing and Availability
The new IB050Q096T80N1-00 module is priced at less than $0.09 per Watt in OEM quantities, and is available now. Visit the website for datasheets and other technical information. To order, email or call 1-800-735-6200.

About Vicor Corporation

Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, Vicor Corporation designs, manufactures and markets innovative, high performance modular power components, from bricks to semiconductor-centric solutions, to enable customers to efficiently convert and manage power from the wall plug to the point-of-load. Complementing an extensive portfolio of patented innovations in power conversion and power distribution with significant application development expertise, Vicor offers comprehensive product lines addressing a broad range of power conversion and management requirements across all power distribution architectures, including CPA, DPA, IBA, FPA™ and CBA. Vicor focuses on solutions for performance-critical applications in the following markets: enterprise and high performance computing, telecommunications and network infrastructure, industrial equipment and automation, vehicles and transportation and aerospace and defense electronics.

Vicor, V.I Chip, VI BRICK, Sine Amplitude Converter, PowerBench and FPA are trademarks of Vicor Corporation.

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