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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 www.vptrad.com.

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Military Embedded Systems covers VPT in Rad Hard Space Components Market article

June 4, 2014 – Military 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 full 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

 

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’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

 

 

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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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 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.

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.

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

January 21, 2013 — In an exclusive technology feature, How2Power.com 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.

Read it now.

 

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

December 4, 2012 — Read our latest technical article on choosing the correct level of DC-DC converters in COTS Journal today.  Or, you can download the entire whitepaper on this topic here.

Synopsis:

Complex Factors Drive Mil/Aero DC/DC Converter Choice

Matching the proper DC/DC conversion technology with a military / aerospace design is less straightforward than may seem. A host of reliability, packaging and standards issues need to be considered.

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?

Enjoy!

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

See us today at NSREC, Miami!

July 17, 2012  – Stop by and see VPT at the Nuclear Space and Radiation Effects Conference today and tomorrow in Miami, Florida. See our newest product, the SVGA0515S point of load DC-DC converter for space, and check out our demo board. Booth 42.

VPT Adds 15 Amp Point of Load DC-DC Converter to Space Family of Power Conversion Products

VPT is the only manufacturer to now offer two point of load converters that are MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K Qualified, 100K rad hard, and available off-the-shelf.

BLACKSBURG, VA, May 8, 2012 – VPT Inc., a HEICO company (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI), announced today the availability
of a new point of load power converter designed and manufactured for use in the extreme environment of space. The new SVGA0515 Series point of load DC-DC converter is now qualified to MIL-PRF-38534 Class H and Class K by the Defense Logistics Agency.  The SVGA delivers up to 50W of output power, is radiation hardened to 100 krads (Si) including Enhanced Low Dose Rate Sensitivity (ELDRS), and is characterized to SEE of 85 MeV-cm2/mg.

The SVGA Series is the latest addition to VPT’s existing line of space DC-DC converters. The SVGA functions as a non-isolated,
regulated buck converter that steps down the voltage at the point of use in a distributed power system. From a single, small size, high current package, this module saves significant board space, weight, and cost for power systems headed for LEO, MEO, GEO, and deep space missions.

“To reduce weight and component cost, distributed power systems are relying more on smaller, less expensive point of load
converters used in conjunction with the larger, traditional, isolated DC-DC converters. Customer response to our space-qualified, off-the-shelf, point of load DC-DC converters has been phenomenal,” explained Monty Pyle, Executive Director of Sales. “We’ve been asked for a higher current option without the need to waste space and weight stringing together multiple POL converters.
We’re proud to announce that this product will satisfy the needs of space customers requiring higher power levels and stringent radiation requirements.”


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New Product Catalog! See All of Our Product Lines at a Glance.

VPT has posted a new catalog, “Power Conversion Products for Avionics, Military, Space and Other Hi-Rel Applications.” This quick tri-fold will spells out VPT’s extensive offerings for Hi-Rel COTS, Avionics/Mil, and Space series products. Learn the distinguishing features of each product level and select the products you need today.

Download the catalog now, and when you need your mission accomplished, rely on VPT.

See VPT at the Space Parts Working Group Conference

VPT’s president, Dr. Dan Sable, will give a presentation on space-qualified
hybrid DC-DC converters and accessories at this year’s Space Parts Working
Group. See Dr. Sable’s presentation on Wednesday, 4/25, at 1:25 p.m.

Space Parts Working Group (SPWG) is sponsored by The Aerospace
Corporation in cooperation with the Space and Missile Systems Center. In its
41st year, SPWG is an unclassified, international forum for disseminating
information to the aerospace industry and for resolving problems with
high-reliability electronic piece parts for space applications.

Planning to attend? Register here.

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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Russian Space Research Institute Thanks VPT

VPT recently received a letter from the Russian Space Research Institute recognizing VPT’s contribution to the development of the Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector (LEND) for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), launched in 2009.

In a letter, the Institute said, “Due to perfect cooperation with your company, the flight-quality secondary power converters made by VPT were delivered to us in the shortest terms possible at our special request and then they were successfully and timely integrated into the instrument having passed all the testing procedures.”

The letter went on to praise VPT with “Since the start of the LRO mission on June 19, 2009, the LEND instrument has been successfully operating as part of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter which proves high technical performance and reliability of your company’s products.”

The LEND instrument provided a unique dataset on hydrogen abundance in the lunar soil, and this data is already used by the scientific community worldwide to plan further manned missions to the Moon.

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