Vicor Corporation announced at APEC the next, designer-oriented, installment in its Power Advantage Educational Program -- the “Whiteboard.” There will be a new live webinar on April 10, 2014, that will feature their online power analyzer, PowerBench Whiteboard, and highlight the tool’s capabilities for streamlining power system design processes.
Although, interestingly enough, Vicor is not fielding a booth at APEC this year due to a conflicting company meeting scheduled this week, they are a Platinum Sponsor and greatly value the APEC venue. In addition, they are sending a large contingent to attend the conference.
I spoke to Robert Gendron, vice president, Vicor Business Unit and Steve Oliver, vice president, VI Chip Product Line about the significance of Whiteboard. Vicor really understands power designer’s needs and the methods they most use leading up to the design itself. A whiteboard is a typical way to “brainstorm” and Vicor recognizes that and enhances this technique beyond the norm with this solution.
Power engineers have traditionally relied on cumbersome manual diagramming and bench analysis processes to develop their power systems, losing valuable time with each iterative design and test cycle. The problem compounds for engineers looking to use multiple components to deliver highly optimized power component solutions. Using Vicor’s free online PowerBench Whiteboard tool, in conjunction with the Solution Selector, engineers can quickly and easily identify the necessary components for their system designs. They can architect optimal end-to-end power chains and dynamically analyze system efficiency. In addition, Vicor provides a growing list of application-specific reference designs to help power engineers jump start their design. Try it -- it will feel natural to the way you develop a design concept, that’s what I really like about this addition to Vicor’s tool set.
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