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DC-DC Converters for Space Applications

This section presents information and resources to help designers select and evaluate rad hard dc-dc converters for space applications such as satellites and spacecraft. This section covers both fully functional dc-dc converter modules as well as power ICs. Resources for designing rad hard dc-dc converters are also referenced here.

Where to find dc-dc converters and related power ICs for space applications

A source list of manufacturers offering rad hard dc-dc converter modules, voltage regulators, and related power ICs with details about what they offer. View this manufacturers list.

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News about rad hard dc-dc converter and related products

NSREC 2017 Highlights Latest Rad Hard Power Components For Space
This is How2Power’s preview of the power parts that will be shown at the NSREC 2017 conference in New Orleans. It includes rad hard (or rad tolerant) power supply ICs and modules for space applications, including a soon-to-be-released GaN FET Driver with GaN FET and other GaN transistors. Read the article»
More Power News From NSREC 2017
This is How2Power’s post-conference report on the NSREC 2017 expo, providing news on more of the rad-hard or rad-tolerant dc-dc converters, point-of-load converters (POLs), LDOs, power MOSFETs and other components that were shown at NSREC 2017. It includes news of a rad-hard power sequencing IC, which may be the first of its kind. Read the article»
Development of Radiation Hardened Gallium Nitride Power Conversion Systems for Satellite and Harsh Environment Applications
Press release announcing partnership between Freebird Semiconductor and Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) wherein Freebird will develop products for use in high reliability space and harsh environment applications based upon eGaN power transistors and integrated circuits. Read the article»
40-W Radiation-Hardened 120-V Input DC-DC Converters For Satellite Power Systems
Press release for IR Hi Rel’s  M3G120 Series of 40W rad-hard dc-dc converters for a wide range of digital and analog satellite power systems requiring up to 15 years or more of mission life. Read the article»
High-Rel Dual-Output DC-DC Converters Target Satellite Power Systems
News story in How2Power Today described International Rectifier’s D Series of low-power radiation-tolerant two-output dc-dc converters. Read the article»
Rad-Hard Power Converters Ride Intermediate Bus Into Space
This feature from How2Power Today describes the rad-hard dc-dc converters and point-of-load converters (POLs) for space that were introduced at the 2012 NSREC conference. While this story is a few years old, keep in mind that products developed for this market have long life cycles. Read the article»
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