ANDOVER, Mass. -- Power supply manufacturer Vicor Corp. has licensed Sony Corp. to use various power conversion technologies, including Vicor's Factorized Power Architecture, V-I Chip power converters and the enabling technologies and semiconductor components used within them, Vicor said Wednesday (June 30).
The non-exclusive license grants Sony rights to design and manufacture power converters, using V-I Chip technology and Factorized Power, for use within its products in certain agreed-upon applications. The deal includes a per-unit royalty payable by Sony to Vicor but financial details were not disclosed.
The license also grants Sony rights to manufacture certain semiconductor components that are used in V-I Chips. Vicor will have rights to purchase those semiconductor components from Sony. Picor Corp., a subsidiary of Vicor, and Great Wall Semiconductor, an independent company of which Vicor is a minority owner, developed the referenced semiconductor components and are parties to the license.
The license has a term of ten years and is renewable thereafter, Vicor said.
V-I Chips converters can convert up to 300 watts with 97 percent efficiency in SMD or BGA packages that occupy less than 0.25 cubic-inches, Vicor said.