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Traditional power delivery networks cannot keep pace

Traditional power delivery networks cannot keep pace

A power delivery network (PDN) is the system of power electronics, devices, heat sinks, wires, and connectors that transports power from a power source to a load. Choosing the right PDN directly benefits system functionality, performance, reliability, and size. Robots can roam further. Drones can carry heavier loads. Data centers can save more electricity. LED displays can be bigger and brighter. Traditional, simple PDNs cannot keep pace with innovations in these industries; however, a modular approach that offers greater flexibility, space savings, and efficiency are increasingly being used.

Substantially improved performance

Substantially improved performance

Vicor high-performance, high-density power modules offer a better way to deliver power. More flexible than a brick and easier to implement than a discrete solution, PDNs based on Vicor power modules are always more efficient and consume less space. Vicor power modules may not look like your typical power components, but they enable efficient 48V architectures, compatibility to legacy 12V systems, and, through innovations in packaging, 

Modular Power Benefits

Benefits of modular power delivery networks

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Flexible and scalable

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High density

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Lightweight

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Efficient

Flexible architectures for every application

PDNs based on “silver boxes” or bricks put all the power conversion functions in one block with lossy cabling for different system loads. The modular approach allows system designers to partition the PDN, placing isolation, regulation, conversion, and transformation where they can optimize size, weight, and efficiency for specific applications. In data centers, high voltage power can be regulated away from the processor and then transformed to high current right at the load, taking up less space and increasing efficiency. In electric vehicles, the 400V or 800V battery can be converted to a virtual 48V battery and routed around the car before being regulated to lower load voltages right at the source, eliminating the dead weight of a physical battery.

Regardless of your application, Vicor can help you design the right architecture to enable you to power your innovations. Use our Power System Designer tool to experience the ease and flexibility of modular PDNs using Vicor power components.

Vertical power delivery network

Vertical power delivery in high performance computing

Virtual 48V battery in automotive

Virtual 48V battery in automotive power delivery network

Applications that benefit from modular power delivery networks

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