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VPT to Present at Space Parts Working Group 2014

April 2, 2014 – VPT’s CEO, Dr. Dan Sable, will present to the attendees of Space Parts Working Group on Wednesday, April 23.  Dr. Sable will discuss Aerospace TOR compliance as well as VPT company expansion and space-related product plans. Space Parts Working Group is sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force and Missile Systems Center and the National Reconnaissance Office. More information can be found on their website.

Event Dates:      April 22 and 23

Location:            Torrance, CA

 

Industry Discussion: Does the term “COTS” need to change?

March 27, 2014 – In a Google+ Hangout today hosted by Military & Aerospace Magazine, industry experts including VPT’s Malcolm Campbell discussed the COTS terminology and whether or not it’s time for a new term to differentiate high-reliability products. The video of the discussion as well as more information can be found via Military & Aerospace Electronics.

VPT Presents to EWCI Attendees

February 19, 2014 – VPT’s Leonard Leslie, Manager of Space Products Engineering, presented today to the attendees of the Third International Conference on Electronic Warfare (EWCI) in Bangalore, India. Mr. Leslie discussed the use of ruggedized EMI Filters to pass the CS101 Requirement of MIL-STD-461D-F, including an examination of the CS101 requirements, power system performance expectations, and tips on test methods and testing precautions. For detailed information on the presentation, please email vptsales@vptpower.com.

Please see the EWCI website for more information regarding the event.

Electronic Products Includes VPT in Trend Talk

Hearst’s Electronic Products recently published an article on military-aerospace electronics product trends featuring input from VPT. The full article can be viewed here.

Military & Aerospace Electronics Discusses VPT’s SVR Series SMDs Release

November 25, 2013 – Military and Aerospace Electronics today covered VPT’s recent announcement of its entire SVR Series on DLA released SMDs and explained the significance of the standard microcircuit drawings: “The program increases the manufacturing base for DOD procurement and helps the government save money.”  Link to the complete article. The original announcement can be viewed here.

VPT’s DVPL0510S DC-DC Point-of-Load Converter Added to DLA SMD List

November 25, 2013 -The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has added VPT’s DC-DC SVPL0510S DC-DC Point-of-Load power converter to Standard Microcircuit Drawing (SMD) #5962-1901.   The specifications for the DVPL0510S, which is fully qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K, can be found on the datasheet. MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and K Certified

To order, or to find additional information, please contact VPT Sales.

VPT Covered in International Business Times

November 21, 2013 – International Business Times covered VPT’s recent announcement on the SVR Series SMDs. Read the complete article or review more information on our SVR Series.

VPT’s Entire SVR Space Series Now Registered with Defense Logistics Agency

Official Standard Microcircuit Drawings Issued for VPT’s Entire Rad Hard DC-DC Converters and EMI Filters Series

BLACKSBURG, VA, Nov. 7, 2013 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), announces the release of Standard Microcircuit Drawings (SMDs) by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for VPT’s entire SVR Series of radiation hardened DC-DC converters, point of load converters, and EMI filters. VPT’s SVR Series products were developed specifically for the most extreme requirements of space systems.

The SVR Series, which includes 24 modules in seven product families, is suited for use in LEO, MEO, GEO, deep space and launch vehicle programs and was initially introduced in May, 2013. SVR Series products feature maximum levels of radiation hardening with a Total Ionizing Dose (TID) of 100 krad(Si) and SEE of 85 MeV-cm2/mg. The SVR Series is based on space-proven heritage designs and available qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K.  These are the first power conversion products commercially available that are designed and manufactured in accordance with Aerospace Corporation’s Technical Operating Report (TOR) requirements for space power systems.

 “Our broad offering of space qualified products are proven in programs like Venus Express, GPS III, Mercury Messenger and many others,” said Monty Pyle, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are extremely pleased with the adoption of our SVR products into new critical space developments to date, and with the DLA’s approval of the reliability and radiation performance of our entire SVR space series, engineers can readily select modules from SMDs with maximum levels of radiation hardening that are qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K standards.”

 

The complete SVR Series products available on DLA SMDs:

 

About the SVR Series of Space Qualified Power Products

The SVR Series performance in space programs is guaranteed through the use of radiation hardened semiconductor components, radiation lot acceptance testing (RLAT) of non-hardened components, and analysis. The SVR Series is characterized for TID performance including ELDRS and SEE according to VPT’s DLA-approved Radiation Hardness Assurance (RHA) plan per MIL-PRF-38534, Appendix G, Level R. Characterization is performed at both the component level and at the SVR Series hybrid level.

Review additional SVR Series specifications.

 

About VPT and HEICO

VPT, Inc., part of the HEICO Electronic Technologies Group, leads the industry in providing innovative DC-DC power converters, EMI filters, and custom engineering services for avionics, military, and space applications. VPT can deliver its power solutions in a fast timeframe, with certified quality, at a comfortable cost. Every day, organizations like NASA, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, the United States Air Force, and many more depend on quality solutions from VPT to power critical systems. On the ground, in the air, or beyond, VPT provides the power driving critical missions that require high reliability.

HEICO Corporation (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI) is engaged primarily in niche segments of the aviation, defense, space and electronics industries through its Hollywood, FL-based HEICO Aerospace Holdings Corp. subsidiary and its Miami, FL-based HEICO Electronic Technologies Corp. subsidiary. For more information about HEICO, please visit www.heico.com.

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VPT Article in EE Times Europe

November 4, 2013 – VPT was featured today in EE Times Europe’s Power Management section with its article describing considerations for selecting DC-DC converters specifically for space applications. Read the article, written by Steve Butler, Director of Advanced Product Development for VPT.

 

VPT Featured in Avionics Intelligence

September 5, 2013 – VPT’s success was featured in Avionic Intelligence’s coverage of the record setting flight by the EURO HAWK unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

Read the article by Courtney Howard, Executive Editor of Avionic Intelligence

Space Tech Expo Features VPT

Space Tech Expo’s recent article featured VPT’s space qualified and proven products. VPT will be exhibiting at Space Tech Expo, which is a B2B event for spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies. The Expo is being held April 1 – 3, 2014 in Long Beach, California.

 

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VPT Supports Virgina Tech Space Science and Engineering Program with 4th Donation

Check presentation to Virginia Tech with Dr. Dan Sable and John Hodock of VPTJuly 1, 2013 – VPT recently provided its fourth $15,000 donation to Virginia Tech’s Space Science and Engineering Program. Virginia Tech’s Center for Space Science and Engineering Research, which has grown into a nationally recognized research center, was initially created with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). VPT’s CEO, Dr. Dan Sable (pictured on the left), has served as the chairman of the Virginia Tech Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board where he was instrumental in founding the Space Science and Engineering Research program at Virginia Tech.  Congratulations Space@VT Program!

 

 

 

VPT’s SVR Series featured in Military & Aerospace Electronics

June 28, 2013 – Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine’s recent article discussed how, even with the shrinking U.S. defense budget, the radiation-hardened electronics industry is seeing a strong market. Design requirements and techniques, including TOR compliance was discussed. The article included VPT’s SVR series DC-DC converters and EMI filters which meet TOR derating and element evaluation guidelines and are designed for the harshest space radiation environments.

Within the article, Monty Pyle, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for VPT, states, “Instead of having various systems designers come in and talk about Class K+ in different ways-there’s almost this feeling out and learning process every time-TOR has brought that vagueness more into a gray circle; it helps bring people to the point faster on what’s really realistic and available. We can point to a spec now. There’s a commonality there; it’s not a start from ground zero.”

Read the full article by Skyler Frink of Military & Aerospace Electronics

 

 

Military Embedded Systems covers VPT’s view on rad hard space market trends

June 28, 2013 - A recent article in Military Embedded Systems discusses the space market’s increase in rad hard requirements and looked to VPT for commentary:

“As you go up in radiation tolerance, the challenge is maintaining the same or similar performance levels,” says Monty Pyle, VP of Sales & Marketing at VPT in Bothell, WA. “For radiation-hardened components it is about the components you select, addressing their potentially differing footprints and/or electrical characteristics. It is not just a simple matter of swapping out components. We also have stringent TOR – Technical Operating Report – requirements that are becoming more and more fixed and demanding every year.”

Read the full article by John McHale of Military Embedded Systems

 

Visit Us At Upcoming Space Industry Events!

Space Tech Expo 2014

VPT will be discussing its space qualified DC-DC converters and accessory products at this year’s Space Tech Expo, April 1 – 3 in Long Beach, CA. Space Tech Expo is known as the West Coast’s premier B2B space event for spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicles and other space related technologies. If you are planning to attend, please visit us at booth #3029 near the Open Tech Forum area. See more information about Space Tech Expo.

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 Space.com: http://www.space.com/20526-antares-rocket-cygnus-spacecraft-explained.html

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.

 



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