BLACKSBURG, Va.—VPT, Inc., a HEICO company, recently reported that its GaN-based SGRB series of DC-DC converters earned the Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards Platinum recognition. The distinction recognizes companies in the aerospace and defense electronics industries that have made groundbreaking contributions and innovative solutions to solve design challenges.

The SGRB series of DC-DC converters are specifically designed for the harsh radiation environments of space applications. Using advanced GaN-based technology, the SGRB series was developed to increase power supply efficiency, resulting in reduced system size, weight, and cost. With up to 95 percent efficiency, the GaN technology results in greater efficiency compared to traditional radiation hardened silicon products, VPT said in a press release. It has been designed specifically for space-borne telecommunications where high efficiency, low noise, and radiation tolerance are imperative.

“We are honored that our SGRB series has been recognized with the platinum level award by the Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards judges,” said Jeremy Ferrell, director of engineering at VPT, in a statement. “We appreciate the recognition of the work we put into developing this innovative GaN-based DC-DC converter for space applications.”

Military and Aerospace Electronics began presenting the Innovators Awards in 2016, giving recognition to the top entries across three levels: platinum, gold, and silver, as determined by a panel of expert judges from the aerospace and defense community. The Platinum award level recognizes a superb innovation that is characterized by a groundbreaking approach to meeting a need or a new level of performance, efficiency, ease-of-use, or additional beneficial quality.

VPT, Inc. (www.vptpower.com), part of the HEICO Electronic Technologies Group, is a global provider of innovative DC-DC power converters, EMI filters, and custom engineering services for avionics, military, space, and industrial applications.

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