Fuel-Cell-Powered Drones to Fly Long-Duration Humanitarian, Commercial Missions
Applying several innovative technologies and techniques, Doosan built a hydrogen-fuel-cell drone that could literally change the course for expanded-range drone usage. The onboard power electronics architecture - made possible by Vicor - was a critical design element.
Super-efficient power converters help hovering drones take flight
DPI’s tethered multirotor drones are designed to follow ships, boats, trucks, and other unmanned ground/surface vehicles, offering several benefits over fixed-wing drones, including vertical takeoff/landing capabilities, and the ability to achieve persistent, stationary positioning – even during inclement weather. Power system design is crucial to the development of these helicopter-like drones.
Fixed Ratio Converters Boost Battery Powered Systems
Fixed-ratio converters have power density, efficiency and flexibility attributes that can enable higher-performing power delivery networks (PDNs). Unlike more popular, mainstream regulated DC-DC converters, fixed-ratio converters allow designers to architect and optimize their PDN for higher system performance.
Autonomous Wireless Charging Keeps Robots Running
Logistics, delivery and inspection industries increasingly rely on mobile robotic fleets. These fleets have become large enough that their users are trying to find ways of recharging them that don’t rely on human operators.
Solving Key Power Challenges for AI and Supercomputing
Power management challenges will be top of mind among the AI, supercomputing and cloud datacenter communities as we head into 2021. Where previously they were regarded as entirely distinct entities, recent history has shown us that when it comes to power and cooling, they have more in common than previously thought.
Power supply management in quantum computers
In 2016, the first quantum computers were able to be programmed from a high level user interface to run arbitrary quantum algorithms. The design architectures were small in scale, with just a handful of qubits each. Some of the big players like IBM, Google, Microsoft, as well as several start-ups have an ultimate goal to create a larger scale device of commercial viability sometime in the near future.
48 Volts DC is the new 12 Volts DC.
Could it also be the new 120 Volts AC? ...whenever I talk about Direct Current vs Alternating current I come away singed and shocked by the comments, like my last one, where even fans noted, "This is about the most wrong article I've seen you write, Lloyd." But to this day, I do not understand why we have a system where every single light bulb now has to have a little transformer and rectifier to feed it DC, and almost everything we plug into the wall now has a transformer brick on it. Our domestic world now pretty much runs on DC.