In this slideshow, I will be providing power designers with, what I consider, the top 10 new innovative products and architectures announced at APEC 2016. I view these following slides as essential to designers for near-term design needs as well as additions to a designer’s portfolio for future designs. Please watch for in-depth technical articles on these 10 items in the coming weeks authored by me on EDN
This year’s APEC was held again in Long Beach, California and the tech sessions were informative, and educational for power designers because they contained the latest technology advances in power from a wide variety of power companies.
The exhibits were also very up-to-date with the “latest and greatest” of power design and architecture offerings from a wide variety of companies of all sizes.
Click on the first slideshow image below, starting with my selection for Vicor as number one, to see these 10 important products and architectures that will be a key addition in new power designs as well as significantly improving older designs:
Vicor : In my estimation, Vicor has the best 48VDC to 1VDC and below, in the industry. They gave a paper at APEC this year on this topic as well as another previous one presented with Google at DesignCon 2016. Their designs for 400V in Data and telecom Centers is mature and has been around for more than 3 years (See my EDN article on this topic). This led into their 48V direct to the CPU solution shown at APEC this year which is an alternative to conventional multiphase architectures. The decided advantage this architecture has is that this relatively small-sized solution from Vicor lowers I2 R cable distribution losses, improves signal integrity concerns near the CPU because the low noise (Lower radiated and conducted noise) performance of the VTM enables placement near the CPU or data lines, reduces crowding of components around the CPU thus allowing for better I/O routing, and the PRM and Digital Controller can be placed at board edges with no decrease in performance. In Data Centers, it’s all about lower power losses and more space and this solution is the best I’ve seen. (Image courtesy of Vicor)