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26 Jan 2015


App note(PDF) from NXP on DC-DC medium power small-signal MOSFETs.

This application note explores different methods of DC-to-DC conversion. It includes some examples of DC-to-DC down-converters using small-signal MOSFETs.

App note: Medium power small-signal MOSFETs in DC-to-DC conversion - [Link]

26 Jan 2015

by SparkFun Electronics @ youtube.com:

In today’s episode of “According to Pete,” SparkFun Director of Engineering Pete Dokter is taking a look at homelighting solutions and the SparkFun FemtoBuck LED Driver

SparkFun According to Pete #40: LED Home Lighting and the FemtoBuck Driver - [Link]

17 Jan 2015


by fabiobaltieri.com:

Sometimes you learn about an interesting IC and you build an entire circuit around it for no other good reason… This project is one of those!

The TPS2378 is an IEEE802.3at (Power over Ethernet) Powered Device controller, featuring internal pass MOSFET for loads up to 25.5W, Type 1 (a.k.a. 802.3af) compatibility and auxiliary power source support.

The IC is normally used together with a DC-DC step down regulator to power a network device (the PD) from a PoE compliant switch or injector (the PSE). A proper 802.3at device requires an isolated power supply with some safety characteristics that makes it not trivial to implement, and there are many DC-DC ICs with integrated PoE controller to make it easier, but as I wasn’t really interested in that part I just went for an easier project with just the PoE controller and some ballast… And what better ballast than some high power white LEDs!

Power over Ethernet Flashlight - [Link]

15 Jan 2015


Linear Technology Corporation announces the LTC3371, a highly integrated general-purpose power management solution for systems requiring multiple low voltage power supplies. The device features four synchronous buck converters, each powered from independent 2.25 V to 5.5 V inputs, and each configurable to share up to four of eight available 1 A power stages. With eight unique output current configurations, the LTC3371 provides substantial flexibility and ease of reuse across many different applications. The device is ideal for a wide variety of multichannel industrial, automotive, communications and distributed power systems.

Configurable Buck DC/DCs Deliver a Total of 8A from 2 to 4 Independent Outputs for Power System Flexibility - [Link]

8 Dec 2014


Linear Technology has squeezed a 3A voltage regulator into a package measuring just 6.25mm square and 1.8 mm high. The complete LTM4623 circuit only requires one input capacitor and one output capacitor, a resistor to set Vout and a small capacitor for Vout tracking and soft-start. At just 1.8mm height the regulator can be mounted on the PCB reverse side.

LTM4623 – Ultrathin 20VIN, 3A Step-Down DC/DC μModule Regulator - [Link]

4 Dec 2014


By Steven Keeping @ digikey.com:

Switching DC-DC voltage converters (“switching regulators”) offer some key advantages over linear regulators. Chief among these are efficiency and flexibility; switching regulators can step-up (boost), step-down (buck), and invert voltages with ease. Contemporary modular chips are compact, reliable, and available from multiple suppliers (see the TechZone article “Understanding the Advantages and Disadvantages of Linear Regulators” for a full comparison between switching and linear regulators).

However, this flexibility comes at the expense of increased complexity. For an engineer familiar with the elegance of a linear regulator, designing a power supply based around a switching device can be a little daunting. The key to overcoming the challenge is an understanding of what is going on inside that little black chip.

The Difference Between Switching Regulator Continuous and Discontinuous Modes - [Link]

3 Dec 2014


by linear.com:

The LT®8613 is a compact, high efficiency, high speed synchronous monolithic step-down switching regulator that consumes only 3μA of quiescent current. Top and bottom power switches are included with all necessary circuitry to minimize the need for external components. The built-in current sense amplifier with monitor and control pins allows accurate input or output current regulation and limiting. Low ripple Burst Mode operation enables high efficiency down to very low output currents while keeping the output ripple below 10mVP-P. A SYNC pin allows synchronization to an external clock.

LT8613 – 42V, 6A Synchronous Step-Down Regulator with Current Sense - [Link]

2 Dec 2014


by Susan Nordyk @ edn.com

Based on a four-switch single-inductor architecture, the LT3790 synchronous buck-boost DC/DC controller from Linear Technology accommodates an input of 4.7 V to 60 V and delivers up to 250 W of continuous power for use in a variety of automotive and industrial applications. The device operates from input voltages above, below, or equal to the output voltage, making it well-suited for automotive designs where the input voltage can vary dramatically during stop/start, cold crank, and load dump.

LT3790 – 60V Synchronous 4-Switch Buck-Boost Controller - [Link]

18 Nov 2014

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by Haifeng Fan @ edn.com:

Isolated DC/DC converters are required in a broad range of applications including power metering, industrial programmable logic controllers (PLCs), insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) driver power supplies, industrial fieldbus, and industrial automation. These converters often are used to provide galvanic isolation, improve safety, and enhance noise immunity. Moreover, they can be used to generate multiple output voltage rails including dual-polarity rails.

Understanding isolated DC/DC converter voltage regulation - [Link]

17 Nov 2014


by Susan Nordyk @ edn.com:

Offered with fixed output voltages of 4.75 V, 5.0 V, 5.25 V and 5.5 V or an adjustable output voltage, the MIC2875 and MIC2876 2-MHz boost regulators from Micrel are capable of supplying up to 2 A of output current, while occupying just 122 mm2 of board space. These synchronous regulators also achieve efficiency of up to 95% and are well-suited for operation from a single-cell lithium battery and providing power to applications such as USB on-the-go and HDMI hosts, tablets, and smart phones.

The low-profile devices offer bidirectional load disconnect to prevent current flow between input and output when the regulator is disabled. Under light loads, the parts reduce the switching frequency to extend battery life. Other features include bypass mode operation when the input voltage exceeds the set output voltage and an anti-ringing switch to minimize EMI issues during discontinuous mode.

Tiny boost regulators deliver up to 10 W - [Link]





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