VPT Supports Virginia Tech’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Department With Donation to AMP Lab

November 12, 2015 – VPT recently provided a $25,000 donation to Virginia Tech’s Electrical & Computer Engineering Department in support of its Autonomous Mastery Prototyping Lab (AMP Lab).

The AMP Lab offers a creative, practical, hands-on learning environment for Electrical and Computer Engineering students, staff, and faculty at Virginia Tech. In addition to fostering mentorship for undergraduates, the AMP Lab offers programs in circuit design, PC board layout, soldering, and lab safety.

VPT has supported the engineering programs at Virginia Tech for many years. VPT’s CEO, Dr. Dan Sable 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. This is VPT’s fifth donation to Virginia Tech’s engineering programs.

Pictured: Dr. Luke Lester, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department Head at Virginia Tech (left), Dr. Dan Sable, CEO of VPT (middle), and John Hodock, President of VPT (right).

Military Embedded Systems Editor’s Choice: SVR Series

June 25, 2015 - John McHale, the editorial director of Open Systems Media and publisher of The McHale Report on the defense electronics industry, selected VPT’s SVR Series for the recent Military Embedded Systems magazine “Editor’s Choice Products” report. The article, titled “A Power Solution for Space Applications,” covers the military and TOR qualifications of the SVR Series along with the general product features including radiation exposure performance .

Read the complete article.


VPT Presents at Space Tech Expo 2015

May 21, 2015 – Yesterday at Space Tech Expo in Long Beach, CA, VPT’s Senior Design Engineer Brandon Witcher presented on the topic of power challenges of modern space systems. Specifically speaking to space system processor board designers, Witcher discussed the tight regulation and multiple complex requirements involved in current data-intensive space payloads. He also presented distributed power solutions that address the vast operating conditions and varied feature requirements. Please see Space Tech Expo for more information on this annual event.

VPT Adds VXR Series to Hi-Rel COTS Product Line

Wide Input Voltage Range and Advanced Packaging Technology for Superior Operation in Harsh Environments

May 5, 2015 - VPT, Inc. (VPT®), a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), launched its new VXR Series of DC-DC Converters and EMI Filters today at the annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference being held in Atlanta, Georgia. The VXR Series of DC-DC Converters and EMI Filters represent VPT’s most advanced offering of its extensive line of high-reliability COTS DC-DC Converters and accessory products. Available in models ranging from 7 to 100 Watts with an industry leading wide continuous input voltage range from 9 to 60 VDC and transient operation from 6 to 80 VDC, the VXR Series is optimized for a broad range of applications from military ground vehicles to commercial and military aircraft, including the unique power needs of unmanned aerial and ground systems.

The VXR Series utilizes VPT’s patent-pending advanced packaging technology. This proprietary encapsulation process incorporates EMI shielding and dual-sided thermal conduction. The integral epoxy encapsulated packaging is highly resistant to chemical, solvent and salt environments and is fully compatible with high-volume manufacturing processes including wave solder, cleaning solvents, high-pressure sprays and aqueous wash.

“The VXR Series of products is reliability and efficiency focused, utilizing a low-noise, fixed frequency wide input voltage range topology,” said Jeremy Ferrell, VPT’s Manager of Standard Product Engineering. “We achieved this high efficiency over a wide input voltage range with a proprietary precision-controlled synchronous rectification topology. The high efficiency design in-turn reduces the thermal management requirements. We also incorporated a proprietary control loop design that provides a fast transient response without the use of optoisolators.”  Ferrell added, “For customers with noise sensitive applications, we developed the VXR EMI Filter Series with current ratings from 2 to 20 Amps that were specifically designed to meet specific MIL-STD-461 and DO-160 conditions when used with our VXR Series DC-DC Converters.”

The VXR Series of DC-DC Converters and EMI Filters are available for immediate sale. Individual unit prices begin at $100 (USD) for volume quantities. Please see specific product pages and datasheets for more information.


VPT Presents at Space Parts Working Group 2015

April 29, 2015 -  Dr. Dan Sable, VPT’s CEO and Leonard Leslie, VPT’s Director of Engineering presented company updates and space product developments to the attendees of Space Parts Working Group yesterday in Torrance, CA. The Space Parts Working Group (SPWG) is sponsored by The Aerospace Corporation, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and the National Reconnaissance Office. Now in its 44th year, SPWG is an unclassified, international forum for disseminating information to the aerospace industry regarding electronic piece parts for space applications. Please see the Space Parts Working Group website for more information.

VPT Adds 250 Watt DC-DC Converter to Hi-Rel COTS Product Line

Epoxy Encapsulated Solution for Harsh Environments
BLACKSBURG, VA, February 24, 2015 – VPT, Inc. (VPT®), a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), introduced the availability of the VPT250-2800S Series of single output 250 watt  isolated DC-DC converters to its high-reliability COTS VPT Series product line. The VPT250 is uniquely designed for the increasing power conversion needs in military vehicles, ships, weapons, and other rugged systems requiring high reliability solutions. Featuring VPT’s proprietary six-sided encapsulated package with an integral metalized EMI shield, the VPT250 Series is fully compatible with aqueous cleaning processes and is specifically intended for programs with harsh environments such as severe shock, vibration and thermal stresses.

The VPT250 features a wide input voltage range (16 to 40 Volts per MIL-STD-704 and MIL-STD-1275) and delivers 250 watts at efficiencies up to 92% from -55ºC to 100ºC. Utilizing VPT’s proven design heritage, synchronous rectification topology and thermally conductive epoxy encapsulated packaging, the VPT250 Series provides high efficiency fixed-frequency operation, low input and output ripple, and superior thermal dissipation. Additionally, the VPT250 provides parallel current-sharing capability up to 1,250 watts.

“The VPT250 provides design engineers with 25 percent more power in the same package envelope while improving electrical performance in key areas. Our new epoxy encapsulated packaging provides the VPT250 with an integral EMI shield, protection from cleaning or application solvents and chemicals as well as the option of thermal conduction from either the top or bottom surface,” said Monty Pyle, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for VPT, Inc. “Our customers said they need more power in the same space, impervious packaging and greater mounting flexibility without compromising electrical performance. The VPT250 checks all those boxes and more.”

Please see the VPT250-2800S product information page and datasheet for further data.

Raytheon’s Space & Airborne Systems Division Recognizes VPT with Top Level Supplier Award

Raytheon recently awarded VPT with its second 4-Star Supplier Excellence Award in one year. In addition to the 4-star award from Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems, the most recent award arrived from Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems division. Fewer than one percent of all Raytheon suppliers receive a 4-Star rating. Raytheon representatives said, “Customer success is our mission at Raytheon. We could not achieve it without suppliers such as VPT, Inc. Your high standards of quality, on-time delivery and customer satisfaction make you a top-performing supplier and collaborative partner.” This additional recognition for excellence in 2013 is VPT’s third Raytheon Supplier award. For more information on VPT’s other awards, please see our awards and achievements page.

Rugged Epoxy Encapsulated Package Option for VPT Series

VPT High-Reliability DC-DC Converter Line Now Includes Rugged Epoxy Encapsulated Package Option  

BLACKSBURG, VA, October 2, 2014 – VPT® Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI) today announced the availability of a fully encapsulated epoxy package option for its VPT Series of high-reliability DC-DC converters, EMI filters and accessory products. The epoxy packaging allows for aqueous cleaning processes often required in higher volume circuit board production applications. Additionally, the epoxy encapsulated devices have integral metalized EMI shielding and withstand harsh environments including shock, vibration and thermal cycling.

The VPT Series is designed specifically for military vehicles, weapons, shipboard, avionics and many other high-reliability applications. The full line of DC-DC converters, EMI filters and accessory products are derived from proven military heritage designs for rugged duty in demanding environments. The series is tested to MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-883, and JESD22. Additionally, the devices are designed with wide input voltage ranges per MIL-STD-704 and MIL-STD-1275.

“The VPT Series epoxy encapsulated package option is intended for water-wash assembly options such as high pressure sprays, wave solder and cleaning solvents,” explained Monty Pyle, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at VPT. “With the epoxy package, the devices can be utilized in a variety of chemical, solvent and salt environments without being damaged.”

For more information, please see: DC-DC Hi-Rel COTS Converters.


U.S. Export Reform Provides Boost to Space Industry Internationally

VPT Space Qualified, Radiation Hardened DC-DC Converters Now Available Globally with Significantly Reduced Export Restrictions  

BLACKSBURG, VA, September 17, 2014 – Recent changes to U.S. Export Administration Regulations have meant that VPT® Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), has been able to make available its radiation hardened, space qualified electronics parts to non-embargoed international markets without ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) export restrictions.

VPT’s high-reliability DC-DC converters and accessory products are used by the most prominent global aerospace and space organizations, including NASA, Boeing, BAE Systems, European Space Agency (ESA), and The Airbus Group. Its 30krad SV Series of space qualified products that were previously controlled through ITAR are now classified as EAR99 and eligible for export without an export license. Additionally, its 100krad SVR Series of space qualified products are now assigned under the Export Control Classification Number 9A515e. With few exceptions, this classification allows for export to 36 countries including France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, and Japan without an export license (EAR §742.6).

Executive Director of International Sales for VPT, Malcolm Campbell, stated, “ITAR restrictions were constraining to our international customers, but the recent export control reform by the U.S. Department of Commerce enables a shift in global space program development. The space industry in the UK and other countries around the world can now benefit from VPT’s level of proven technology without the tedious process that was previously required.”

Full technical details are available at and for further information, contact VPT at

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VPT Adds Radiation Lab and Test Services Facility

Expansion Represents Further Space Market Commitment

BLACKSBURG, VA, July 15, 2014 – VPT® Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), today announces the addition of VPT Rad℠, a comprehensive radiation laboratory and test services facility, to serve the radiation and related test needs of aerospace electronics manufacturers.

The 5,000 square-foot Chelmsford, Massachusetts facility, formerly known as Si-REL, provides specialized environments and equipment for evaluating electronics used in applications where ionizing radiation can degrade device performance. VPT Rad offers turn-key solutions at both High Dose Rate (HDR) with its TID (Total Ionizing Dose) GC-200 irradiator and Low Dose Rate (LDR) Broad Beam TID irradiation for Enhanced Low Dose Rate Sensitivity (ELDRS) analysis. Additionally, the facility services the radiation needs of the biomedical manufacturing market.

The VPT Rad facility meets the requirements of MIL-STD-750 and MIL-STD-883; and has approved Source Suitability from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The facility also services radiation test needs for customers and programs outside the U.S. using European Space Components Coordination (ESCC) 22900 compliant test methods.

“As part of VPT, we are continuing our customer commitment and radiation testing expertise with total autonomy, while expanding our capabilities through capital investment,” said Aridio Sanchez, VPT Rad Executive Director and the facility’s founder.

VPT’s CEO, Dr. Dan Sable said, “We are extremely pleased to expand VPT with an organization that has impeccable service standards as well as impressive depth of knowledge and expertise. Their positive reputation is a natural complement to VPT’s long-standing customer satisfaction status in the high reliability electronics market.”

Complete information on VPT Rad and its service offerings can be found at

Ruggedized EMI Filter Article in HOW2POWER.COM

May 2014 - HOW2POWER recently published VPT’s article entitled “Using Ruggedized EMI Filters to Pass the CS101 Requirement of MIL-STD-461DF.” In this article, the CS101 requirements are examined. Its implications for the design of the power system – the combination of input EMI filter plus power converter – are discussed. The CS101 test method is presented, including a number of testing precautions that designers should observe.

Read the complete article.


Military Embedded Systems covers VPT in Rad Hard Space Components article

June 4, 2014Military Embedded Systems recently published an article discussing many of the factors surrounding the radiation hardened components market – including program requirements and supplier trends. Leonard Leslie, VPT’s Manager of Space Programs, along with other industry experts, contribute their insight on matching program needs to reliable components. The article also discusses rad hard components for the commercial space and international markets.

Read the complete article by Editorial Director John McHale.


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

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

Electronic Products Includes VPT in Trend Talk

December 11, 2013 – Hearst’s Electronic Products published an article on military aerospace electronics product trends featuring input from VPT.

Read the complete article.


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

November 25, 2013Military & Aerospace Electronics 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.”

Read the complete article. View the original press release.


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.


VPT Article in EE Times Europe

November 4, 2013 – VPT was featured in EE Times Europe‘s Power Management section in its article describing considerations for selecting DC-DC converters specifically for space applications.

Read the complete article by Steve Butler, VPT’s Director of Advanced Product Development.


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 complete article by Courtney Howard, Executive Editor of Avionic Intelligence.