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Optimized High-Voltage Diodes - issue 6/2018
In the constant quest for smaller sizes, better performance and lower costs, Dean technology, Inc (DTI) has developed a new technology for producing high voltage diodes that enables the future of the...
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Linear voltage regulators operate at automotive temperatures
Designed for high reliability, high temperature applications, the CMT-Antares is Cissoid's latest regulator.
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Power Supply Design Features
 
Doing more with Buck regulator ICs - issue 5/2018 September, 05 2018
Switching regulators are widely used and one of the most popular switching regulator topologies is the buck converter (also known as a step-down converter)....
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Rapid Prototyping of Power Supplies by Programmable Power Modules - issue 5/2018 September, 05 2018
It is often overlooked, but the power supply is one of the most essential parts of all hardware products. A high-efficiency power supply design directly benefits the overall system cooling requirement, thereby reducing the cost and volume of the final product...
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High-Side Current Sensing Questions -issue 5/2018 September, 05 2018
Ask an experienced electrical engineer - for example Gureux, an applications engineer with 30 years of experience in our story - about what to put in front of a MOSFET gate and you will probably hear 'a resistor' approximately 100 Ohms'....
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Solving Critical Ground-shift problems - issue 4/2018 August, 20 2018
Low-side gate-driver ICs are frequently used components in Switched Mode Power Supplies (SMPS). They serve to properly drive power MOSFETs into ON and OFF conditions...
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250 A output current DC/DC modules powering FPGAs and ASICs - issue 3/2018 May, 17 2018
The growing number of high-performance FPGA and ASIC applications that are driven by the increased bandwidth of wireless networks and data centres require power regulations with high power density, fast load transient response and intelligent power-management features..
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Integrated power solution for smart lighting - issue 2/2018 April, 03 2018
Smart lighting is considered to be the new frontier of the global industry, as the trend of smart homes, Internet of Things (IoT) and a connected world are the main driving factors in global electronics growth....
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A system-level power architecture design tool - issue 6/2017 January, 02 2018
Modern electronic systems have an increasing level of complexity. There can be a large number of power rails and supple solutions on a system board to power many different loads...
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94% efficient offline flyback switcher IC family - issue 5/2017 October, 02 2017
Power Integrations announced its Innoswitch3 family of offline CV/CC flyback switcher ICs. The new devices achieve up to 94% efficiency across line and load conditions...
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No inductors required - issue 5/2017 October, 02 2017
It is well known that EMI considerations require careful attention during the initial design process in order to ensure that they will pass EMI testing once the system is completed...
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Digital Hybrid Controller simplifies power supply design - issue 6/2016 November, 04 2016
Data Processing system complexity is growing fast and the need for intelligent power system management is growing right along with it. Designers now require better system management capabilities like those offered by the new generation of digital PWM controllers..
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Powering up and down in sequence - issue 4/2016 July, 28 2016
Power sequencers are commonly used in system-level board designs where multiple power supplies are enabled in a sequential manner...
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What MTBF Really means - issue 3/2016 June, 15 2016
When electronic systems fail or cease to operate correctly it doesn't matter whether the component concerned is a glamorous processor or the workhouse power supply.....
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Improving Buck Converter Light-Load Efficiency -issue 5/2015 November, 18 2015
The buck converter switching regulator topology has evolved over the years as designers added new improvements to enhance efficiency and improve overall performance...
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Zero Voltage Switching Revolutionises Buck Regulator Performance - issue 5/2015 November, 18 2015
Typical point-of load (POL) applications step down from an intermediate bus voltage, 12V or lower, to a regulated voltage of a few volts, or increasingly less than a volt....
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Digital Control Limits Inrush Current - issue 4/2015 July, 15 2015
AC/DC power supplies and rectifiers employ large bulk capacitors. During power-up, these capacitors require a large amount of current to charge up resulting in a large inrush current....
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Achieving a Stable Power Supply with fast transient response through digital control - issue 8/2013 December, 24 2013
Throughout the entire history of power supply design there has been one requirement that has been constant: the need for stable power...
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Getting Heat Out of Sealed Enclosures - issue 2/2013 April, 02 2013
In harsh environments where a sealed enclosure is necessary, baseplate cooling is a simple and inexpensive solution to thermal management of power supplies.....
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Compensation Methods in Voltage Regulators - issue 1/2013 February, 26 2013
Feedback signals are used in voltage regulator circuits in order to produce a controlled output voltage. When properly implemented, feedback will improve the performance of a circuit.....
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Demonstation of 10kW SiC half bridge DC/DC converter - issue 5/2011 August, 20 2011
In PEE's special session at PCIM 2011 the results of a 10kW transformer isolated DC/DC converter using 1.7kV SiC MOSFETs were presented. The converter is a half-bridge topology operating at 32kHz hard switched with a link voltage of 1kV.....
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Digital Power System Management Eliminates blind Spot - issue 2/2011 May, 04 2011
Even though power management is critical to the reliable operation of modern electronic systems, voltage regulators are perhaps the last remaining 'blind spot' in today's systems, since they are without the means for directly configuring or monitoring key power system operating parameters....

Design of a High-Density Power Supply for FPGA's- issue 6/2010 September, 24 2010
Although the versatile and configurable nature of field programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) is attractive to system designers, the complex nature of design rules that govern the inner working of these devices and their outer interface protocols require extensive training, reference design evaluation, design simulation and verification....
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Integrated FETs for Power over Ethernet - issue 6/2010 September, 24 2010
Power over Ethernet (PoE) Powerr Sourcing Equipment (PSE) controllers use high voltage, high-current FETs for connecting the power source to the load. Integrating the FET reduces the space required to implement the PSE subsystem.....
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The Hazards of Hipot Testing September, 23 2010
Hipot testing is an abbreviation for 'high potential testing' - a category of electrical tests used to verify the effectiveness of electrical insulation in transformers, motors, printed circuit boards, electrical sub-assemblies (such as power supplies) and finished equipment.....
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Designing Multiple Load System Power Supplies issue 2/2010 April, 28 2010
Design tools have been developed over the past ten years to help power supply designers create single DC to DC power supplies. These tools feature parts selection, material cost calculation simulation and prototype procurement. This has simplified the design process and reduced time-to-market. But with design complexity increasing, the need for ten or more power supplies on a PC board has increased the challenge.
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Monitoring Batteries improves UPS reliability - issue 1/2010 March, 25 2010
Systems from mobile telecommunications to data centres must operate with minimal downtime, making the reliability of the electrical mains supply a key concern. UPS's which provide back up power in the event of failure are therefore widely used to ensure critical electronic systems continue to function normally in the event that the mains power goes down...
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Energy Efficiency Standards for Power Supplies September, 21 2009
A multitude of government energy efficiency standards and specifications have appeared over recent years that are driving the design of higher efficiency power converters. Efficiency requirements for External Power Supplies (EPSs) and other energy-using products (EuPs) from various agencies are discussed in this article, covering different power consumption modes. Resources are described that will help power design engineers understand efficiency requirements.
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New Sensor Technology for Total Battery Management May, 21 2009
Whenever a battery is used as a critical source of energy such as with uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), electric vehicles (EV), hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and mobile life support equipment, it is essential that the user has complete confidence in the battery’s ability to deliver its expected amount of energy.
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Active ORing Solutions in Redundant Power System Architectures December, 02 2008
In its simplest form, an ORing device is a diode that protects the system against an input power source fault condition. A diode ORing device allows current to flow in one direction only, thus isolating the fault from the redundant bus, allowing the system to keep running off the remaining redundant power source(s).
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Increased Development Efficiency through ECAD-MCAD Collaboration December, 02 2008
Collaboration between mechanical designers (using MCAD tools) and PCB designers (using ECAD tools) is becoming a priority for many product development teams. Allowing the PCB designer and mechanical designers to view layouts including thermal analysis, suggest and approve/reject changes, and view this information on their own tool is a large step forward in advancing this collaboration, with the ultimate goals being shorter design time with fewer re-spins.
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Innovations in Interleaved PFC Control October, 01 2008
Power supply Design The Next Innovations in Interleaved PFC Control Issue 2008
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Power supply design Issue 2008 January, 16 2008
Power supply design-Fixed or Variable Frequency Issue 2008
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Improved Efficiency in Redundant Power Systems July, 05 2007
Power Supply Design - Improved Efficiency in Redundant Power Systems. Issue 7 2007
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High-Frequency Power Inductor Packaging May, 22 2007
Power supply design - High-Frequency Power Inductor Packaging. Issue 5 2007
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Power Supplies with Ultra-High Power Density April, 09 2007
Power Supply Design - Power Supplies with Ultra-High Power Density. Issue 4 2007
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New Power Ferrite for Low Losses at High Frequency March, 26 2007
Magnetic materials - New Power Ferrite for Low Losses at High Frequency. Issue 3 2007
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Techniques for Digital Power Conversion March, 13 2007
Power Supply Design - Techniques for Digital Power Conversion. Issue 3 2007
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Power Supply Design January, 09 2007
Power Supply Design-Designing Industrial Power Supplies with Standard Modules Issue 1 2007
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