ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwire - February 1, 2011) - Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) today announced the introduction of the IBC048 series of VI BRICK™ Intermediate Bus Converters, which offer double the power density and half the conversion loss of competitive devices. Available as drop-in replacements for industry standard eighth-brick and quarter-brick 5:1 and 4:1 intermediate bus converters, initial product offerings include 300W and 500W models, providing 9.6V or 12V outputs from a nominal 48V input with a voltage range extending from 38V to 55V.

IBC048-series modules provide pin-compatible upgrades for eighth-brick and quarter-brick bus converters, the sale of which has been restricted by a U.S. District Court injunction against manufacturers found to infringe patent claims asserted by SynQor, Inc. Bus converters utilizing Vicor's proprietary Sine Amplitude Converter™ engine are fundamentally different from, and technologically superior to, bus converters that were found to infringe. The limitations of claims asserted by SynQor do not apply to Sine Amplitude Converters and Vicor Bus Converters are unaffected by the injunction. Samples of IBC048-series bus converters are available with two weeks lead time. Pricing starts at $39 in OEM quantities with 12 weeks lead time.

The new VI BRICK Bus Converters utilize the same ZCS/ZVS engine that has powered V.I Chips™ into high performance applications with tier-one customers. Switching at approximately 10 times the frequency of SynQor bus converters, IBC048 modules cut transient response time from 200 to 20 microseconds, eliminating the need for bulk capacitors. Superior density and conversion efficiency enable competitive advantages for OEMs seeking to maximize performance across a range of applications, including computing, data storage, networking and Power-over-Ethernet.

"From pioneering the 'brick' paradigm in the 1980s, Vicor has invested a substantial portion of its revenues in the R&D necessary to architect game-changing innovation in power electronics," said Robert Marchetti, Senior Manager of Product Marketing for Vicor's Brick Business Unit. "With this new product line, we are re-packaging remarkable advances achieved with V.I Chips and applying this superior technology to an established market that is now suffering from industry-wide shortages while still relying on traditional brick form factors."

For datasheets and additional information on Vicor DC-DC and AC-DC power products, please visit the Vicor website at To order, contact Vicor Customer Service at 800-735-6200 or e-mail

About Vicor Corporation

Vicor Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets modular power components and complete power systems used primarily by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the communications, computing, defense electronics, industrial control, medical, networking, and test equipment markets.

Vicor, V.I Chip, VI BRICK, and Sine Amplitude Converter are trademarks of Vicor Corporation.

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Robert Marchetti
Sr. Manager, Product Marketing