Now Available: SVR Series of Rad Hard DC-DC Converters, Qualified for Use in Space Programs

First Standard Power Converters & EMI Filters Available Compliant to MIL-HDBK-1547 & Aerospace TOR Requirements without Customization

SPACE TECH EXPO, Long Beach, CA, May 21, 2013 – Today VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), announced the availability of a new series of radiation hardened DC-DC power converters, point of load converters, and EMI filters to power space systems.

The new SVR Series of space power products includes 24 new modules in 7 product families, all based on space-proven heritage designs and available qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class K. These are the first power conversion products commercially available that are out-of-the-box compliant to the new Aerospace Technical Operating Report (TOR) requirements for space power systems. The new SVR Series of power products are suited for use in low Earth orbit (LEO), medium Earth orbit (MEO), geostationary orbit (GEO), deep space, and launch vehicle programs.

View the introduction video, "Space Qualified DC-DC Converters - The SVR Series from VPT."

VPT’s SVR Series also features maximum levels of radiation hardening with a Total Ionizing Dose (TID) level of 100 krad(Si). Unique to VPT, these products include Enhanced Low Dose Rate Sensitivity (ELDRS) in the total dose rating for maximum reliability. The Single Event Effects (SEE) rating for these products is 85 MeV-cm2/mg. All modules have been submitted to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for Standard Microcircuit Drawings (SMDs) with most modules available on released SMDs.

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View Our New R&D Facility Tour!

May 17, 2013 — Check out our new video about our R&D facility and corporate headquarters in Blacksburg, Virginia. This video features a quick corporate overview and discusses our comprehensive engineering process and quality controls.

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VPT To Present and Exhibit at Space Tech Expo, 5/21 – 5/23

May 13, 2013  — VPT is set to exhibit and give a presentation at next week’s Space Tech Expo in Long Beach, California. Stop by to view the latest VPT space-qualified DC-DC converters, point of load converters, and EMI filters for space power systems.

Exhibit: May 21 – 23, 2013, booth #8010.

Presentation: “Important Factors in Selecting DC-DC Converters for Tomorrow’s Space Applications,” by Paul Andersen, Regional Sales Manager, VPT.  Presentation will be at 12:20 p.m., May 21, in the Open Tech Forum.

Location: Long Beach Convention Center, California

VPT will also be attending the Nuclear Space and Radiation Effects Conference California in July.

View the complete schedule and details on  our events page.

VPT Powers Antares Rocket in Successful Test Launch

April 23, 2013 — VPT congratulates Orbital and NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the successful test last weekend of the new Antares launch rocket. This vehicle is powered by VPT and on top of the excitement of the launch success, we are thrilled to see this vehicle launch from our own home state of Virginia!

See the details of the Antares program in this nifty infographic posted by

More on Antares and other recent VPT programs.

New Standard Output Voltages Now Available on the VPT30 Series of DC-DC Converters

April 18, 2013 — VPT has added new standard output voltage configurations to its VPT30 Series of triple output DC-DC converters.  The new output configurations now include:

  • VPT30-283R3512T  – Output configuration 3.3/5/12V
  • VPT30-283R3515T – Output configuration 3.3/5/15V
  • VPT30-285512T – Output configuration 5/5/12V
  • VPT30-285515T – Output configuration 5/5/15V
  • VPT30-283R31215T – Output configuration 3.3/12/15V
  • VPT30-2851215T – Output configuration 5/12/15V

Previous standard output configurations offered included:

  • 3.3V/12V/12V
  • 3.3V/15V/15V
  •  5V/12V/12V
  • 5V/15V/15V

The VPT30 is a new triple output DC-DC converter uniquely designed to power electronics in military vehicles, ships, weapons, and other rugged systems. Delivering up to 30 watts, the new VPT30-2800T DC-DC converter meets several military standards and features three outputs, enabling engineers to power multiple loads from a single, small, cost-saving module.


VPT To Present at Space Parts Working Group

February 27, 2013 — VPT announced today participation in the upcoming Space Parts Working Group conference. Dr. Dan Sable, CEO of VPT, will present on the latest product developments in DC-DC converters and EMI filters qualified for use in space applications.

Date: April 23-24, 2013

Location: Doubletree by Hilton, Torrance, CA

VPT will also be attending the Space Tech Expo in California in May, and the Nuclear Space and Radiation Effects Conference California in July.

View the complete schedule and details on  our events page.

Now Launching with VPT: Atlas V ELV

February 25, 2013 — VPT is proud to power critical flight systems on the Atlas V expendable launch vehicle. Run by the United Launch Alliance of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, the Atlas V has logged nearly 600 launches to date with 100% mission success.

Read about this program plus the other programs the rely on VPT on our Program Spotlight page.



VPT Space Products Profiled in a New Book By NASA

February 13, 2012 – VPT’s line of space DC-DC converters were recently profiled in a new book written by NASA, Spinoff. The article details the history of a grant from NASA which enabled VPT to research, design, and develop a line of DC-DC converters for space that address the challenges and requirements of today’s space applications.

Spinoff 2012 presents remarkable examples of spinoffs providing benefits around the world—saving lives, creating jobs, preserving resources, and more. The NASA Spinoff book offers 204 pages highlighting the many different technologies that NASA has transferred to private sector.  The Agency distributes copies to politicians, economic  decision makers, company CEOs, academics, professionals in technology transfer, the news media, and the general public.

Read the Spinoff article on VPT

Download a .pdf of the entire Spinoff publication.

New Video Lab: Circuit Protection Features of DC-DC Converters

February 6, 2012 - View our new video lab on “Circuit Protection Features of DC-DC Converters.” Understand how soft start, undervoltage lockout, over current limit and short circuit features work to protect your power system.

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Just Published: New Article on Intermediate Bus Architectures for Space Applications

January 21, 2013 – In an exclusive technology feature, HOW2POWER has published VPT’s latest article, “Rad Hard Processors And Power Converters Propel Intermediate Bus Architecture Into Space Applications.”

Authored by VPT’s Manager of Space Product Engineering, Leonard Leslie, this article covers efficient design parameters, various architectures, and the vital environmental issues to consider when developing a distributed power system for space.

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Now Rolling with VPT: Main Battle Tank

January 9, 2013 — VPT is proud to power multiple systems in South Korea’s Main Battle Tank K2. For its critical systems, this vehicle depends on VPT DC-DC converters and EMI filters to provide reliable power under extreme operating conditions.


VPT’s solutions for armored ground vehicles

VPT’s Hi-Rel COTS Series of DC-DC converters and accessories

New Article: Complex Factors Drive Mil/Aero DC/DC Converter Choice

December 4, 2012 – Steve Butler, VPT’s President of Engineering contributed an article, “Complex Factors Drive Mil/Aero DC-DC Converter Choice” to the November 2012 edition of COTS Journal. The article explains why matching the proper DC-DC conversion technology with a military /aerospace design is less straightforward than it may seem due to a host of reliability, packaging and standards issues need to be considered.


Synopsis:Critical applications range from undersea to military ground to commercial and military avionics to deep space. DC/DC converters, point of load converters, EMI filters and other power modules are offered by various manufacturers, all claiming high reliability. The question is, how do you know what level of quality and reliability you are getting, and how do you select the correct level for your application?

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New 5W Dual Output DC-DC Converter Designed for Rugged Reliability

Satisfies MIL-COTS programs with military quality features and environmental screening.

ELECTRONICA, Munich, Germany, November 13, 2012 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), announces the availability of a new dual output DC-DC power converter to power electronics in unmanned vehicles, ships, armored ground vehicles, and other rugged systems. The VPT5-2800D DC-DC power converter delivers up to 5 watts from a small footprint of approximately one square inch, meets several military standards, and features a six-sided metal package.
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VPT Unveils New Logo

November 8, 2012 – Today VPT, Inc. proudly unveiled a new logo that portrays the evolution of VPT. We determined it was time to refresh the  logo to reflect our  modern, aerospace market-focused company. Our corporate tagline will continue to represent our 20 year heritage in this market and remain “Power Your Critical Mission Today.”

We appreciate that changing a logo is a process and will be working it into our products and our marketing materials over time. If you should have any questions or require any documentation on this revision, please contact the VPT Sales and Marketing department at

We hope you enjoy our sleek new look as we move forward in providing technology solutions that will power tomorrow’s most demanding aerospace, defense, and space systems.

New Video Lab! Achieving MIL-STD-1275 Compliance with the VPTPCM-12

October 23, 2012 – If your system requires MIL-STD-1275 compliance, check out our new video lab. In this lab Jeremy Ferrell, our Manager of Standard Products, explains the ins and outs of achieving compliance using the VPTPCM-12 power conditioning module.


  • Demonstration of operation through 6V transient as specified in MIL-STD-1275
  • Demonstration of operation of the PCM and DC-DC converters through 100V transient as specified in MIL-STD-1275
  • Boost mode demonstration
  • Tips for testing these transients

Improve your power system design by viewing this lab now.




See What’s New with VPT at Electronica in November

October 11, 2012 — Stop by to see the latest from VPT at Electronica, November 13-16. VPT solutions will be showcased by Germany distributor, PROTEC GmbH, at this international exhibition.

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VPT Adds Triple Output DC-DC Converter to Hi-Rel COTS Product Line

New module delivers size and cost savings for power systems in rugged duty applications. 

BLACKSBURG, VA, September 10, 2012 - VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), announces the availability of a new triple output DC-DC converter uniquely designed to power electronics in military vehicles, ships, weapons, and other rugged systems. Delivering up to 30 watts, the new VPT30-2800T DC-DC converter meets several military standards and features three outputs, enabling engineers to power multiple loads from a single, small, cost-saving module.

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See VPT at the Virginia Tech Engineering Expo

When: September 18-19, 2012

Where: Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech

Booth: 211

Passionate about what you do? Innovative in your thinking? Visit us at the expo and consider joining our engineering team.

VPT is  a growing global leader in power electronics. Watch as the world’s most exciting aerospace, defense, and space programs take flight with your work on board. We are seeking new graduates for a variety of engineering positions.

VPT offers competitive salaries, top flight benefits, a dynamic work environment, and a brand new R&D facility in Blacksburg’s famed Corporate Research Center.

Hope to see you there! View our careers page for additional information.

New Video Lab: Managing High Source Impedance In Your Power System

Having trouble with high source impedance? Learn how to test for it and mitigate its effects in your power system in this brief video lab.

Jeremy Ferrell, Manager of VPT’s Standard Product Engineering, presents this tutorial. Topics include:

  • Demonstration of measuring high source impedance
  • The effects of high source impedance on DC-DC power converters
  • Tips for mitigating any negative effects of impedance in your system

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New Video! Introducing the New SVGA 15A Point of Load Converter at NSREC.

July 26, 2012 -  Military Aerospace Electronics Magazine stopped by the VPT booth at the recent Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC) to check out our new SVGA 15A point of load DC-DC converter.This video features Leonard Leslie, our Manager of Space Products.

Intended for space applications, the SVGA0515S is an important module in VPT’s distributed power system for space applications.

  • Rad hard to 100 krads (Si) including ELDRS
  • MIL-PRF-38534 Class K qualified
  • Available on DLA SMDs