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VPT Breaks Ground for New Headquarters in Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

VPT breaks ground on a new headquarters in Blacksburg, VA. From left: Steve Butler, VP of Engineering for VPT, John Hodock, CFO for VPT, Dr. Dan Sable, President of VPT, Shawn Graham, COO & Executive Director of Quality, and Joe Meredith, President of the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

BLACKSBURG, VA, April 17, 2012 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), recently broke ground on a new headquarters facility  in Blacksburg Virginia. The new facility will serve as VPT’s research and development center and will be located in the award-winning office park, the  Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.

““We are pleased to be expanding into this state-of-the-art research facility,” said Dr. Dan Sable, President of VPT. “We’ve grown appreciably over the last several years and the time is right to invest in the next phase of our corporate success.  The new facility will offer several new amenities to enhance our R&D capabilities as we continue to develop new power conversion technologies for the avionics, military, and space markets.””

VPT anticipates moving to the new location in the fourth quarter of this year.  The move will not affect VPT’s manufacturing operations, which are located in a separate facility.

The artist rendition of VPT's new headquarters, which will also serve as the company's R&D facility.

The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center is the recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Research/Science Park Award given by the Association of
University Research Parks (AURP).


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VPT’s New DC-DC Converter Provides Zero Cross Regulation Error

for Avionics and Military Power Systems

BLACKSBURG,  VA, January 31, 2012 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI-A)  (NYSE:HEI), announced today that it is now offering a new dual output 15W DC-DC converter with no cross regulation error.

Suited for use in commercial avionics, military  avionics, and other critical reliability power systems, the new DVAB Series is a  small size, extremely light weight, and able to withstand the full range of  military specified temperatures. The DVAB Series eliminates cross regulation  errors and offers tightly controlled line and load regulation errors through  the use of two independent control loops.


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VPT’s Space Grade DC-DC Power Converters Now Registered with Defense Logistics Agency

VPT’’s SV Series of Rad Hard DC-DC Power Converters Now Listed on Standard Microcircuit Drawings

BLACKSBURG, VA, November 15, 2011 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), today announced that the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)  has issued new Standard Microcircuit Drawings (SMDs) for more than 150 of VPT’s space grade, radiation hardened DC-DC power converter modules.

VPT’’s rad hard SV Series of DC-DC converters are manufactured to MIL-PRF-38534 Class K, the highest level for products used in space environments. These products are suited for use in a wide variety of space applications including low Earth orbit (LEO) systems, geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO) systems, deep space probes, and other demanding applications.

The specific space grade SV Series DC-DC converters now available
on DLA SMDs include:


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New Inrush Current Limiter Protects Avionics and Military Power Systems

99% Efficiency in Protecting up to 200W of DC Power

 
 
 

VPT’s new DVCL Inrush Current Limiter protects downstream power components from damaging inrush current spikes in a power system.

BLACKSBURG, VA, September 20, 2011 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI-A) (NYSE:HEI), announced today that it is continuing to expand its product line with a new power protection module, the DVCL Inrush Current Limiter.

The DVCL controls potentially damaging inrush current drawn by DC-DC converters, EMI filters, and discrete capacitors during startup. With a power capacity of 200W, users can protect multiple downstream VPT DC-DC converters using a single, lightweight DVCL module.

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New Point of Load DC-DC Power Converter Delivers 20A for Mil/Avionics Electronics

VPT’s new DVPL0520S point of load DC-DC converter delivers 20A at 90% efficiency. This is the newest model of VPT’s lineup of point of load converters that deliver 3A to 20A of output power for military and avionics systems.

Tiny 1.075 in2 Package Delivers 90% Efficient, Hermetic DC Power

BLACKSBURG, VA, June 7, 2011 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI-A) (NYSE:HEI), expanded its line of point of load (POL) DC-DC power converters today with the introduction of a new 20A module. The DVPL0520S is a non-isolated, synchronous, regulated buck converter that steps down power at the point of use with up to 90% efficiency.

With modules now ranging in output from 3A to 20A, VPT is the only manufacturer to provide power designers with a complete set of POL DC-DC converters that are specifically designed for use in rugged military and avionics power systems.

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“Our point of load converters provide power with efficiencies typically greater than 90% plus typical weights of less than 16 grams in true hermetic packaging. This provides power designers with an extremely small, extremely efficient, and extremely reliable set of converters with which to distribute power to the point of use on an aircraft, in a military vehicle, or any other rugged duty system,” explained Michael J. Bosmann, Sr. Vice President of VPT.


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VPT’s Radiation Hardness Assurance Plan Approved by Defense Logistics Agency

 

VPT’s series of space-qualified DC-DC power converters can now be offered with an approved Radiation Hardness Assurance Plan from the DLA Land and Maritime.

BLACKSBURG, VA, May 31, 2011 –

VPT, Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), received approval of its Radiation Hardness Assurance Plan from the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Land and Maritime, the office of primary involvement for MIL-PRF-38534. As a result of this approval, VPT’s series of space-qualified DC-DC power converters will appear imminently on Standard Military Drawings (SMDs) with a radiation assurance level P.

Specifically, the DLA certified VPT to MIL-PRF-38534 Appendix G, Radiation Hardness Assurance Requirements (RHA) for hybrid microcircuits and multi-chip modules.

With the new radiation hardness (RH) certification, VPT customers can be confident that the procedures and practices in place for making the RH assurances have been reviewed and approved by industry experts in the field of radiation hardening for electronics. Under the new approved plan, VPT’s radiation hardness procedures will be subject to regular audits and approvals by the DLA.
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VPT Recognized for Excellence by L-3

L-3 Presents the Platinum Excellence Award to VPT. From left: Stephen Eiting , VP Operations, L-3, Dr. Dan Sable, President and CEO, VPT, Charles Ball, Manager of Supplier Quality, L-3 and Fred Hirsch, Director of Operations Quality Assurance, L-3.

BLACKSBURG, VA, May 23, 2011 –

VPT, Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), received a Platinum Excellence Award this month from L-3 Communications Systems – West. The award recognizes VPT as “achieving exceptional supplier quality and delivery performance.”

As one of just two suppliers to receive the platinum level of the award this year, VPT also received a luncheon and in-person presentation of the award.

VPT enjoys a long history with L-3, powering a myriad of technologies for the company including satellite links, flight controls, and communications systems for use in military UAVs, satellites, and ground vehicles.


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VPT Introduces New 3A Point of Load DC-DC Power Converter

Delivers Maximum Efficiency, Reliability, and Power Flexibility in Today’s Distributed Power Architectures

 

DVPL Series DC-DC Converter

DVPL Series DC-DC Converter

ELECTRONICA, Munich, Germany, November 9, 2010 - VPT, Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI-A) (NYSE:HEI), unveiled its latest point of load (POL) DC-DC converter today, the DVPL0503S. This new converter joins VPT’s growing line of POL DC-DC converters that deliver critical reliability performance and efficiency in the distributed power architectures of avionics, military, and space systems.

The new 3A DVPL DC-DC POL converter can be used alone or in conjunction with the DVHE 50W DC-DC converter as part of VPT’s High Efficiency, Reliability Optimized (HERO) Power System. The DVPL 3A POL converter is a non-isolated, synchronous, buck regulated converter that steps down the voltage at the point of end use. Its tiny size and light weight save board space, weight, and expense, making it an improved solution over the use of multiple isolated DC-DC converters to power individual loads in an electronics system.
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VPT To Showcase New Power Solution at Electronica

BLACKSBURG, VA, October 26, 2010 – VPT, Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), will showcase a new DC-DC power system solution at the Electronica trade show in Munich Germany, from November 9 through November 12 in Hall A4, Booth 507. VPT is attending the show in conjunction with its German electronics distributor, Protec GmbH.


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VPT Recognized for Excellence by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems

BLACKSBURG, VA, October 12, 2010 – VPT, Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), received a 3- Star Supplier Excellence Award in September from Raytheon Company.

Raytheon Company presented 2010 Supplier Excellence Awards to 34 companies for their exceptional performance in supporting the company’s Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) business.


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VPT Offers New EMI Filter, Meets Avionics/Defense Standards in Europe & US

BLACKSBURG, VA, June 1, 2010 – VPT, Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), has introduced a new EMI (electromagnetic interference) filter and transient suppressor module for distributed power systems. The new VPTc10-28 EMI filter satisfies strict reliability requirements for commercial avionics and military systems in the U.S. and Europe.


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VPT Adds Several New Modules To DC-DC Power Converter Series

BLACKSBURG, VA, April 13, 2010 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), today announced that several new modules are available for the DVFL, DVTR, and DVHFSeries DC-DC power converter product lines. The new output voltages on these modules satisfy the reliability requirements and varying output voltage needs of the newest avionics and military electronics.

The new modules now available include:

DVFL, single output, 120 watts – 6.3V, 7V, 8V, 9.5V, 18V, 28V
DVFL, dual output, 120 watts – 6.3V, 9.5V
DVTR, single output, 40 watts – 7V, 8V, 18V, 28V
DVTR, dual output, 40 watts – 8V, 18V
DVHF, single output, 20 watts – 5.7V, 18V


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VPT Introduces the First 100K Rad Hard Point of Load DC-DC Converter

Off-the-shelf and Ready for Rugged Duty in Space Environments

BLACKSBURG, VA, March 16, 2010 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), today announced the availability of a new point-of-load power converter designed and manufactured for the extreme environment of space. The new SVGA Series point-of-load DC-DC converter delivers extremely high efficiency at a cost that doesn’t shock a user’s budget.

The SVGA Series, the latest addition to VPT’s existing line of space DC-DC converters, steps down the voltage at the point of use in a distributed power system and is optimized for today’s digital electronics. Characterized to 100krad (Si) total dose radiation under VPT’s  radiation program per MIL-PRF-38534, Appendix G*, the SVGA Series is optimized for reliable performance in deep space missions, satellite applications, space station initiatives, and any ultra reliability application in a space environment.


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