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Agricultural UAVs

Drones in agriculture are uniquely challenged to carry heavy payloads for longer spraying times while flying in varying conditions. They must cover large areas reliably and safely for an industry that demands high productivity. These drones are equipped with GPS, pumps, radar sensors, vision systems, and fail-safe systems that have different voltage and power levels. To accommodate all those features and functions without impacting payload, flight time or reliability, they demand efficient, lightweight, power-dense power solutions.

Agricultural UAV

The power delivery network

The Vicor DCM power module is an isolated, highly efficient, regulated DC-DC converter utilizing a high-frequency zero-voltage switching (ZVS) topology, operating from an unregulated, wide range input to generate an isolated output. Modular DCM converters and downstream Vicor ZVS Buck and Buck-Boost products support efficient power distribution, providing superior power system performance and connectivity from a variety of unregulated power sources to the point-of-load.

Power Delivery Network for Agriculture UAVs
DCM DC-DC converters

DCM DC-DC converters

Input: 9 – 420V

Output: 3.3, 5, 12, 13.8, 15, 24, 28, 36, 48V

Power: Up to 1300W

Efficiency: Up to 96%

As small as 24.8 x 22.8 x 7.2mm

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ZVS buck regulators

Inputs: 12V (8 – 18V), 24V (8 – 36V), 48V (30 – 60V)

Output: 1 – 16V 

Power: Up to 22A

Peak efficiency: Up to 98%

As small as 10.0 x 10.0 x 2.5mm  

Buck-boost regulators

ZVS buck-boost regulators

Input: 8 – 60V

Output: 10 – 54V

Power: Up to 150W continuous

Efficiency: Over 98%

10.5 x 14.5 x 3.05mm

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