the stock price has gone down quite a bit over the past month.
They also won an award yesterday, go figure:
Vicor Corporation’s VI Chip® Bus Converter Module (BCM®) Family in a ChiP Package Named the Winner of the Prestigious UBM Canon ACE Award in the Power Category
ACE Awards recognize Vicor’s breakthrough innovation in power conversion technology
Andover, MA – July 24, 2015 – Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) today announced that its VI Chip® Bus Converter Module (BCM®) family in a ChiP package has been named the winner in the EE Times and EDN 2015 UBM Canon ACE Awards in the Ultimate Products ‘Power’ category. The ACE Awards program honors the people and companies behind the technologies and products that are changing the world of electronics...
“We are continually amazed at the level of creativity in the design, innovation and technology showcased by these award winners,” said Suzanne Deffree, Executive Editor at UBM Canon's EDN. “The ACE Awards celebrate the highest achievements in innovation and creativity in electronic design, and selecting one organization, individual or technology that stands out above the rest is incredibly challenging. We are pleased to be able to celebrate their achievements.”
“Vicor’s VI Chip BCM product family in a ChiP package exemplifies the benefits of the Power Component Design Methodology, equipping designers to architect high performance power systems – from the power source to the point of load – using modular, building block components,” said Rob Russell, Vice President Product Marketing, Vicor Power Systems. “This honor from UBM Canon is a testament to our significant investment in power electronics innovation and our continued commitment to helping our customers achieve the highest levels of power performance and design flexibility.”
Let's hope Vicor can deliver the goods to the likes of Intel's growing business:
Intel Corp. forecast sales that may exceed analysts’ predictions helped by demand for machines that handle the rising tide of digital data...While Intel has missed out on providing chips to the surging number of smartphones and tablets, its processors are the backbone of data centers needed for the applications that make those mobile devices attractive to consumers. As handheld devices have become the main way of getting online, the need for the mobile data that gives apps their functionality has soared, creating demand for servers based on Intel chips.
The company now gets 40 percent of revenue and 70 percent of operating profit from data center processors...Intel’s data center group took over in the first quarter as the biggest provider of operating profit for the company.
Data center group revenue increased 10 percent from a year earlier to $3.9 billion for the current quarter.
Vicor Agrees Distribution Accord With Mouser Electronics
BY Midnight Trader
09:20 AM EDT, 07/14/2015 (MT Newswires) -- Vicor (VICR) and Mouser Electronics announced a global distribution agreement that extends the reach of Vicor's worldwide sales network and provides Mouser with a new and differentiated power module solution portfolio.
"Vicor is strongly invested in the growth and success of our distribution channel, and has aligned a robust network of regional and global partners," said Rich Begen, Vice President of Global Distribution, Vicor. "Our rapidly expanding new product portfolio requires an expansion of our global distribution footprint. Mouser will play a valuable role in this strategy due to its primary focus on new product introductions driving sustained sales engagement across its established customer base."
Rudolph Technologies Positively Preannounces Increase in Second Quarter Revenue
Preliminary Q2FY15 revenue anticipated to reach approximately $59 million
Business Wire Rudolph Technologies, Inc.
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FLANDERS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (RTEC), a leading provider of process characterization equipment, lithography equipment and software for wafer fabs and advanced packaging facilities, today announced that it currently expects revenue for the second quarter of fiscal year 2015, ended June 30, 2015, will be approximately $59 million, or an increase of approximately 12 percent from the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 and above the Company’s previous guidance.
The preliminary second quarter revenue results also represent an increase of approximately 37 percent above the revenue of $43.0 million reported in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014...
Jefferson Research resumes coverage for VICOR CORP with BUY recommendation.
BY Investars Analyst Actions - public
— 2:06 PM ET 06/26/2015
On June 26, 2015 Jefferson Research resumed coverage for VICOR CORP ( VICR ) with a BUY recommendation.
Looks like Sunrise and Brookdale have better occupancy stats. Could be opportunity for FVE to improve things? good for upside? Volume of communities that FVE manages is impressive...
"Within the triple net senior living portfolio, our individual operators continue to perform well. Five Star's 180 leased communities had combined occupancy of 84.7% and rent coverage of 1.2 times for the 12 months ended December 31, 2014. The four properties that we leased to Sunrise Senior Living had occupancy of 92.5% and rental coverage of over 2 times. The 18 properties we leased to Brookdale Senior Living had occupancy at 94.4% and rental coverage was a strong 2.6 times. Our other triple net leased senior living properties, leased to private regional operators, had occupancy of 85.2% and rental coverage of 1.9 times. As you can see, our leases are well covered and we're pleased with the performance of our operators."
What's going on with all the volume to the downside today? Already 3x normal volume ...
Thomson Reuters/Verus upgrades FIVE STAR QUALITY CARE INC from SELL to HOLD.
BY Investars Analyst Actions
— 11:04 AM ET 06/15/2015
On June 15, 2015 Thomson Reuters/Verus upgraded FIVE STAR QUALITY CARE INC ( FVE ) from SELL to HOLD.
Five Star Quality Care, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries, or the Company, are defendants in a lawsuit filed on July 27, 2012 in the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona by the estate of a Doris L. Cote, a former resident of a senior living community operated by the Company. The complaint asserts claims against the Company for pain and suffering as a result of improper treatment constituting violations of the Arizona Adult Protective Services Act and wrongful death. In May 2015, the jury rendered a decision in favor of the Company on the wrongful death claim, and against the Company on the remaining claims, returning verdicts awarding damages of approximately $19.2 million, which consisted of $2.5 million for pain and suffering and the remainder in punitive damages. Although the Company cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this lawsuit, it believes the jury's verdict against the Company was wrong and the result of significant trial error, and intends to vigorously pursue its position in post-trial motions and, if those motions are unsuccessful, on appeal.
Although Mr. Barry Portnoy was elected as a Managing Trustee in accordance with the Company's governing documents and applicable law by a plurality of the votes cast, his election did not receive a majority of the share votes cast. Pursuant to the Company's Governance Guidelines, Mr. Portnoy presented his resignation as a Managing Trustee for consideration by the Company's Nominating and Governance Committee, or the Committee, and the Company's Board. The Committee (composed only of Independent Trustees) and the Board (without Messrs. Barry Portnoy or Adam Portnoy participating), on the recommendation of the Committee, each unanimously determined not to accept Mr. Barry Portnoy's resignation for the following reasons, among others:
It appears that the "withhold" vote against Mr. Portnoy's election was significantly motivated by the recommendation of Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., or ISS. The stated reason for ISS's recommendation is that Mr. Portnoy is "overboarded" because he serves on boards of more than six publicly owned companies. All of the companies on whose boards Mr. Portnoy serves are managed by Reit Management & Research LLC and its affiliates, or RMR. Mr. Portnoy is Chairman and a full time employee of RMR. The Committee and the Board know that Mr. Portnoy has an almost 100% attendance record at Board meetings and that he has demonstrated at such meetings that he is fully engaged and familiar with the Company's business. The Committee and the Board are confident that Mr. Portnoy has the time and capacity to devote to Board business.
The Committee and the Board believe Mr. Portnoy's continued participation in Board decision making is invaluable to the Board and in the Company's interest. Mr. Portnoy has extensive experience in the real estate industry and particular experience related to healthcare related real estate. In addition to his current Board service, Mr. Portnoy previously served as a director of two New York Stock Exchange listed...
Any thoughts . . .
Vicor Corporation Further Expands Picor(R) Cool-Power(R) ZVS Regulator Portfolio With New 48 V Buck Regulators
BY Market Wire
— 9:00 AM ET 05/20/2015
NUREMBERG, GERMANY -- (Marketwired) -- 05/20/15 -- PCIM Europe 2015 - Vicor Corporation ( VICR ) today announced the expansion of its Picor® Cool-Power® ZVS Point-of-Load Regulator portfolio with the introduction of high efficiency PI3542, PI3543, PI3545, and PI3546 buck regulators. The entire Cool-Power portfolio is characterized by products with benchmark efficiency and density performance that are simple to use, accelerating time to market.
Enables 48 V direct to PoL high performance step-down regulation
Zero-Voltage Switching (ZVS) topology provides unparalleled efficiency over 96%
High density 10 x 10 x 2.5 mm LGA System in Package (SiP) module for power delivery over 100 W
Advanced features including constant current control for lighting and battery applications
PI354x Cool-Power ZVS Buck Regulators utilize the integration of a high performance ZVS topology that enables 48 V direct to PoL without sacrificing performance. With step-down regulation from a higher voltage source, engineers can deploy more efficient power distribution architectures, reduce I2R losses, and eliminate costly and inefficient intermediate conversion stages.
PI354x series operates from 36 Vin to 60 Vin
Regulates an output voltage ranging from 2.2 V to 14 V, with output current delivery up to 10 A
Power delivery can be further increased by using single wire current sharing without any additional components
The PI354x Cool-Power ZVS Buck Regulators are designed for a wide range of applications leveraging higher voltage distribution, including: telecom, network infrastructure, datacenters, industrial, battery, and lighting applications.
The PI354x series expands and enhances the Vicor Power Component Design Methodology. When used in conjunction with Vicor's front-end products and Factorized Power products, the PI354x...
Another new product and another increase in stock price today... yeah. Keep'm coming Vicor and I hope you sell a lot of all...
Vicor Corporation's VIA BCM(R) DC-DC Front-End Module Offers High Power Density and Efficiency
Operating From a 380 VDC Bus, VIA BCMs Provide an Isolated 48 V Output at up to 1.75 kW and 97.5% Peak Efficiency in a 9 mm Thin Thermally Adept Module
NASDAQTue, May 19, 2015 4:00 PM EDT
NUREMBERG, GERMANY--(Marketwired - May 19, 2015) - PCIM Europe 2015 - Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR) today introduced its new VIA BCM® K=1/8 DC-DC bus converter module. Operating from a 380 VDC nominal input and delivering an isolated SELV 48 V output, the new VIA BCM provides a new level of functional integration in a 9 mm thin thermally adept module incorporating EMI filtering, transient protection and inrush current limiting.
With the VIA BCM, Vicor's MHz frequency, soft-switching bus converter technology enables DC-DC front ends with far greater density and efficiency than "competitive" products. VIA BCMs can be paralleled to provide multi-kW arrays, provide bi-directional power processing, and support PMBus™ digital communication capabilities. Utilizing a robust and time proven high voltage DC (HVDC) power conversion technology, these modules are ideally suited for HVDC distribution in datacenters, microgrids, ICT equipment, ATE and industrial systems.
About the Vicor Integrated Adapter (VIA) 9 mm Thin Thermally Adept Modules
VIA power modules enable power system designers to create highly dense, efficient, flexible and scalable power systems. Vicor's 9 mm thin VIA power modules integrate system functions including EMI filtering, transient protection and inrush current limiting to reduce design time and design risk.
Stock is up today...
Vicor Corporation's VIA PFM(TM) AC-DC Front-End Module Offers High Power Density and Fast Time to Market
BY Market Wire
— 9:00 AM ET 05/18/2015
NUREMBERG, GERMANY -- (Marketwired) -- 05/18/15 -- PCIM Europe 2015 - Vicor Corporation ( VICR ) today introduced its high density, low profile, integrated VIA PFM™ AC-DC front-end power modules. VIA PFM AC-DC front-end converter modules achieve a power density of 8 W/cm3 (127 W/in3) supplying an isolated, PFC regulated 24 V or 48 V SELV DC output at up to 400 W from the universal AC input range of 85 to 264 V with 93% peak efficiency.
The VIA PFM is 5X thinner than traditional 1U supplies, offering unique design advantages to power system architects challenged by size constraints. With its 9 mm thin profile and 36 mm width, the VIA PFM can be mounted on the sidewall of any typical 1U chassis, saving valuable real estate. Thermally adept VIA PFMs may be chassis mounted and conduction cooled to eliminate fans, thereby improving overall system reliability and further minimizing the power system footprint. High density, high efficiency and low thermal resistance make VIA PFM front-end modules well-suited for a wide range of end-market applications, including small cell wireless base stations, size constrained LED lighting applications, industrial and automation systems.
Five Star Senior Living Awarded Best of the Best Award by the Assisted Living Federation of America
BY Business Wire
— 8:00 AM ET 05/18/2015
NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Five Star Senior Living, one of the nation’s leading providers of independent living and assisted living for seniors, today announced that it has been awarded the Best of the Best award by the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) for its Celebrity Chef Program. The ALFA Best of the Best awards recognize innovative new programs and services that are creating the future of senior living.
More than a year ago, Five Star partnered with renowned celebrity chef and restaurant owner Brad Miller in an effort to redefine the senior living dining experience. Through a series of chef challenges and events, new menu items and culinary tip videos, Five Star has successfully enhanced and upgraded the dining experience for residents across all communities throughout the country.
“We’re proud to receive this important industry recognition from ALFA for our Celebrity Chef program,” stated Bruce Mackey, President and CEO. “Our partnership with Chef Brad Miller was the first of its kind in the senior living industry. The program Five Star created has raised the bar for our talented chefs who are competing in challenges across the country, much to the delight of our residents who are enjoying fine dining experiences as a result of their participation and dedication.”
All of Five Star’s communities have Chef Brad’s signature items on the menu and additional items are being added each month. Chef Miller has continued his affiliation with Five Star in 2015 and together they are launching the Five Star Culinary Academy where Chef Miller is educating and working directly with our chefs to take their skills to the next level.
No reason given?
Columbine Capital Services, Inc. downgrades VICOR CORP from NEUTRAL to UNFAVORABLE.
BY Investars Analyst Actions - private
— 7:29 PM ET 05/09/2015
On May 9, 2015 Columbine Capital Services, Inc. downgraded VICOR CORP ( VICR ) from NEUTRAL to UNFAVORABLE.
Here's another release on the subject:
Agreeing With Vicor, the Patent Trial and Appeals Board Rules That All Claims of a SynQor Patent Are Invalid
ANDOVER, MA--(Marketwired - May 12, 2015) - On May 5, 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) ruled that all claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,727,021 are invalid, thus affirming the Examiner's decision in a reexamination proceeding initiated by Vicor Corporation (NASDAQ: VICR). SynQor, Inc. has asserted U.S. Patent No. 7,727,021 against Vicor and Cisco Systems, Inc. in litigation currently pending in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The May 5th PTAB decision follows a March 13th decision in which the Federal Circuit, reversing a prior decision of the PTAB, found that prior art invented by Dr. Robert L. Steigerwald anticipated key claims of a related patent, U.S. Patent No. 7,072,190. Citing to the Federal Circuit decision, and giving it substantial weight, the PTAB found that all claims of U.S. Patent No. 7,727,021 are also either anticipated by Steigerwald or obvious.
Commenting on the PTAB decision to invalidate U.S. Patent No. 7,727,021, Dr. Patrizio Vinciarelli, Vicor's Chief Executive Officer, stated, "SynQor's abuse of the patent system and its campaign to prevent competition from superior Vicor bus converters, known not to infringe, has now been dealt a second, decisive blow. On the heels of the Federal Circuit's earlier decision invalidating key claims of the '190 patent, the PTAB new ruling underscores the seminal role of Dr. Steigerwald's pioneering work in anticipating a second SynQor patent, the '021.
Vicor has asserted counterclaims against SynQor for the damage caused by SynQor's abusive practices. In its counterclaims, Vicor seeks damages for SynQor's unfair and deceptive trade practices and its tortuous interference with Vicor's customer relationships. Vicor intends to hold SynQor and its agents accountable for the damage they have