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A need for high-density power solutions

A need for high-density power solutions

One of the central challenges facing defense industry designers is the ongoing struggle to reduce size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C), while at the same time increasing command, control, communications, computing, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities. These competing priorities require solutions with ever-increasing power densities and capabilities, while still meeting the stringent reliability, cost, and time-to-market requirements inherent in these demanding applications. A massive increase in power density for DC-DC converters in the MIL-COTS space enables military designers to spend less of their size and weight budgets on power, and more on the C4ISR capabilities required in demanding aerospace and defense applications

Innovating to deliver more power in less space

Innovating to deliver more power in less space

Vicor continues to raise the bar by delivering technologically advanced MIL-COTS power solutions that meet demanding SWaP-C requirements with all the robustness and reliability you would expect from a 30-year veteran of the aerospace and defense industry. Vicor has a portfolio of power-dense, low weight, low noise, highly reliable modular components that enable military equipment designers to create SWaP-C optimized solutions. A good example is our DCM™ family of isolated, regulated DC-DC converters. When compared to the next-best solutions in brick packages, our innovative ChiP and VIA packages enable solutions with upwards of 2.5X improvement in power density by volume, and over 3x the power density by weight.

Advantages of Vicor solutions for aerospace and defense

Advantages of Vicor solutions for aerospace and defense

Small footprint

Small footprint

Low weight

Low weight

Low noise

Low noise

High reliability

High reliability

Award-winning supplier

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Outstanding Quality Award 2017

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Bronze Supplier Award 2018

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Supplier Excellence Award 2018

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Technology Innovators Award 2020

Aerospace and defense applications

HALE UAV

HALE UAVs
High-efficiency, high-density DCM DC-DC converters double the internal bus power and keep the aircraft as light as possible.

Portable vehicle-powered radio

Vehicle-powered, portable digital radio
High-performance modules provide a well-regulated 48V at more than 1kW to enable higher peak RF output power.

Tethered, aerial and underwater vehicles

Tethered, aerial/underwater vehicles
High voltage tethers allow for greater tether lengths, use smaller and lighter cabling and significantly reduce I2R losses.

Tethered drone with advanced C5ISR capabilities

Advanced C5ISR capabilities
Flexible, capable power delivery supports more functionality and affords UAVs increased payload and longer runtime. 

Drone with electronic countermeasures

Electronic countermeasure
Smallest, lightest power solution drives multiple high voltage sources within last-generation platforms.

Drone with air-to-surface missiles

Adding air-to-surface missiles
Superior performance with minimal footprint, least possible mass and utilizing the limited power in an existing UAV

Application examples

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Modules for aerospace and defense applications

VPX systems

VITA62 power systems

VITA-62 compliant power converters

Input: 18 – 42V, 18 – 45V, 220 – 320V

Output: 12V, 5V, 3.3V, 12V, -12V

Power: 3U 600W, 6U 1000W

Full power to 85°C (at card edge)

As small as 3.9 x 6.6 x 0.95in

Isolated, regulated DC-DC converters

MIL-COTS DCM family of modules

MIL-COTS DCM DC-DC converters

Input: 28, 30, 270V

Output: 3.3, 5, 12, 15, 24, 28, 48V

Power: Up to 1300W

Efficiency: Up to 96% 

As small as 1.5 x 0.90 x 0.28in

MIL-COTS PRM and VTM modules

MIL-COTS PRM and VTM modules

Input: 14 – 50V, 38 – 55V

Output: 1.08 – 50V

Current: Up to 80A

Efficiency: Up to 96.5%

As small as 22.0 x 16.5 x 6.7mm (each)

Non-isolated point-of-load regulators

ZVS buck regulator

MIL-COTS ZVS buck regulators

Input: 12, 24 or 48V

Output: 1 – 16V

Current: Up to 22A

Peak efficiency: 98%

As small as 7 x 8 x 0.85mm

ZVS buck regulator

MIL-COTS ZVS buck-boost regulators

Input: 8 – 60V

Output: 10 – 50

Power: Up to 141.6W continuous

Efficiency: Up to 96%

10.5 x 14.5 x 3.0mm

Fixed ratio converters

Vicor BCM modules

MIL-COTS BCM® bus converter modules

Input: 200 – 400V, 400 – 700V, 500 – 800V

Current: up to 35A

Efficiency: up to 98%

As small as 2.5 x 0.9 x 0.3in

Filters

MFM input filter

MIL-COTS MFM™ input filter for DCMs

Input: 28V, 270V

Output current: Up to 22A

Transient Compliance: MIL-STD-704, MIL-STD-1275, DO-160

1.8 x 1.4 x 0.4in

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