SOURCE: Vicor Corporation

Vicor Corporation

April 25, 2012 09:00 ET

Vicor Introduces Baseplate Option for 98% Efficient Quarter-Brick IBC Modules

Higher Efficiency and a New Baseplate Option Support Challenging Thermal Environments

ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - Apr 25, 2012) - Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) today introduced new thermal and mechanical mounting options for its IBC050 series of high performance quarter-brick VI BRICK™ intermediate bus converters (IBCs). Now available with an integral baseplate and multiple pin-length options, Vicor's high-efficiency IBCs afford customers even greater flexibility to meet the design challenges of high power applications such as enterprise computing and networking systems.

Utilizing its Sine Amplitude Converter™ topology, Vicor's IBCs deliver superior peak efficiency of 98%. Vicor's IBC open-frame package facilitates airflow above and below the modules to minimize the temperature rise of downstream components. For system designers faced with severe thermal challenges and/or space constraints, the new baseplate option provides the ability to attach a quarter-brick IBC to a heat sink or a cold plate as needed.

Vicor's quarter-brick and eighth-brick IBCs are pin compatible with industry standards and now available with pin lengths of 0.145, 0.180, and 0.210 inches (3.68, 4.57, and 5.33 millimeters respectively), to accommodate boards of varying thicknesses. Designers will thus be equipped with a wider range of choices to ensure seamless board-level compatibility when designing with Vicor's high efficiency IBCs.

Available as drop-in upgrades for industry standard 5:1 and 4:1 fixed ratio converters, Vicor's IBC050 series of 2.30 x 1.45 x 0.42 inch (58.4 x 36.8 x 10.5 mm) quarter-brick IBCs provide output power ranging from 600 to 850W to yield maximum usable power in thermally constrained systems, while freeing up valuable board space for high-value components. With eighth-brick power levels up to 500W, smaller Vicor IBC modules can replace competitive quarter-bricks, saving space. And, thanks to their unique 1 MHz high bandwidth operation, Vicor's IBCs cut transient response times by a factor of 10, eliminating the need for bulk capacitors across the intermediate bus, saving additional space.

"Vicor provides customers with higher efficiency, higher density products and the flexibility to meet their specific power management and system design requirements," said Robert Marchetti, Senior Manager of Product Marketing for Vicor's Brick Business Unit. "These new baseplate and pin-length options extend the versatility of our IBC050 series with thermal and mechanical mounting alternatives."

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 Vicor's IBC modules in application-specific operating conditions and thermal environments.

Pricing and Availability
Vicor IBC modules are priced at less than $0.09 per Watt in OEM quantities, and are available now. Visit the website for more information. To order, email custserv@vicr.com 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. www.vicorpower.com

Vicor, VI BRICK, Sine Amplitude Converter, and FPA are trademarks of Vicor Corporation.

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