Hornet DC-DC converter family targets harsh industrial and environmental designs

Hornet DC-DC converter family targets harsh industrial and environmental designs

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By Nick Flaherty

The Hornet family consists of 15 non-isolated DC-DC converters with high power density for space-constrained industrial applications.

“Our new Hornet voltage regulators give back valuable space in the design process by combining high power capabilities in a minimal footprint to deliver leading power densities. This, in turn, allows for additional capabilities and components to be incorporated into end designs,” said Vesa Jokitulppo, senior product manager, GE’s Industrial Solutions. “In addition, because our Hornet units have been engineered to provide complete voltage regulation in a single module, users are able to integrate them quickly and easily into their power train designs — speeding time to market for their end products.”

The family varies from 11 to 108 W with efficiencies of 92 to 97 percent, depending on the model. The power modules convert standard bus voltages of 12 and 24 V to the precise load level required to power components such as memory, processors, actuators and other embedded electronics. Of the 15 total Hornet solutions, 13 step down power from 12 or 24 V to a lower required voltage, and the remaining two units boost the voltage to a higher (16-34 or 32-54) voltage. 

“The powerful processors and field-programmable gate arrays commonly found in modern industrial applications require highly accurate voltage regulation to help ensure continuous, high-performance operation,” said Jokitulppo. “Our Hornet voltage regulators provide the precision these applications demand as well as the transient response needed to accommodate demanding industrial loads.”

The units are aimed at conformal-coated customer boards in hostile environments, helping to mitigate challenges associated with corrosive (salt mist), volatile and dirty environments. The modules also feature a high operating ambient temperature range, with 11 of the 15 modules able to operate between -40 to +105 ºC and the remaining four units from -40 to +85 ºC. 

The Hornet units also meet MIL Std. 810F qualification standards for shock and vibration, and they offer planned availability for upwards of 10 years for long life cycle and remote applications. Other key applications include building and process controls systems and automation equipment, control cabinets and rooms, conveying equipment, vending machines, material handling and packaging equipment, chemical processing plants, HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) equipment, machinery and irrigation technology.

GE’s Hornet voltage regulators are available through DigiKey, and pricing varies depending on model and quantity.


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