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Electronic Design: Fuel-Cell-Powered Drones to Fly Long-Duration Humanitarian, Commercial Missions

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.

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Power Electronic Tips: Super-efficient power converters help hovering drones take flight

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.

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Power Systems Design: Fixed Ratio Converters Boost Battery Powered Systems

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.

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Power Electronic Tips: Autonomous Wireless Charging Keeps Robots Running

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.

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TreeHugger: 48 Volts DC is the new 12 Volts DC.

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.

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Power Systems Design: PSDcast - Adopting the 48 V Battery

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In this episode of the PSDcast. Power Systems Design chats with Vicor about vehicle electrical requirements. The modern automobile – especially EVs and hybrids – has fostered the adoption of the 48 V battery.

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EDN: Meeting the power demands of battery supplied automotive electronics

Meeting the power demands of battery supplied automotive electronics

Have you driven a new automobile recently?  It can be an almost futuristic experience, with sophisticated gauges, touch screens, connected entertainment systems, and lighting—all of which need power. Behind all these electronics are battery regulators and battery chargers that manage the power both into and out of 12V, 24V, and 48V batteries. Each year the ‘must have’ list of supported accessories and electronic systems grows with the expectation that the size, weight and number of supporting power components will keep pace with the increased power demands.

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Power Electronics: Vicor Expands DCM DC-DC Converter Module Series

Vicor Expands DCM DC-DC Converter Module Series

At APEC, Vicor Corporation announced expansion of its DCM Converter Module Series of isolated, regulated DC-DC converters within Vicor's Converter housed in Package™ (ChiP) power component platform. This series now covers critical applications in Aerospace, EV/HEV, Rugged Systems, Industrial, and Telecom/Datacom. DCMs provide nominal input voltages of 24, 28, 48, 270, 290, and 300 Volts with nominal outputs of 48, 36, 28, 24, 15, 12, and 5 Volts and are available in packages with up to 600 Watts of power.