VPT Wins DOD Contract to Develop DC-DC Converters

January 09, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

VPT Inc. (Blacksburg, VA) announced that it has received a contract from the US Department of Defense (DOD) to develop dc-dc power converters for use in the next generation of Navy shipboard radar systems. Under the new contract, VPT will develop a new class of dc-dc converters that satisfies the thermal, reliability, size, weight and cost requirements for the new radar systems.

"VPT intends to leverage its dc-dc converter technology, expertise and military marketing strengths with the funding from the Navy to develop dc-dc converter modules that can be used by various prime contractors on several new phased array radar programs. The net result will be a win-win situation for all parties involved," said VPT President and CEO Dan Sable. "With the new systems requiring up to 1 kW of power, heat management is a very important design goal. VPT will deliver a product that contractors can use to satisfy the Navy requirements on all fronts."

VPT expects engineering units to be available to prime contractors in approximately six months, with full-scale production units available by the end of 2006.