This tiny step-down converter chip measuring just 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.0 mm contains an integrated coil and can handle an output current up to 1 A. The XCL210/XCL220 are a new family of step-down micro DC/DC converters which have been specifically designed to minimize unwanted EMI emissions. This makes them particularly suited for use in small-scale RF applications. The design shows good efficiency and stable output with a peak ripple voltage of less than 10 mV.
Tiny Torex DC/DC Converter - [Link]
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]
The NXP Flyback SMPS Design Tool helps you design flyback power supplies using NXPs TEA1721, TEA1723, TEA1733 and TEA1738 family. The TEA1721(A, B, D, F) family, the TEA1723(A, B, D, F) family, the TEA1733(A, B, C, M, L) family and TEA1738(F, G, L) family are low cost Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) controller IC’s intended for flyback topologies.
The latest update of the tool combines the TEA172x family and the TEA173x family into one tool. It comes along with a new style and an improved flow. Now it is also possible to export all design parameters, results and graphs automatically into an Excel sheet for post-processing or presentation purposes. Furthermore the database of transformer cores is extended.
Flyback SMPS Design Tool - [Link]
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]
by Ashok Bindra @ digikey.com:
As electronic products get smaller and better, so must the converters powering them. Besides delivering higher efficiency from a smaller footprint, these DC/DC converters must also respond rapidly to varying loads while making the system designers’ jobs simpler. Consequently, power supply makers continue to tap the benefits of advances in packaging, architecture, and semiconductor processes to further push the performance of integrated DC/DC modules in ever-shrinking packages.
Improved Packaging and Control Generates Ultra-Fast DC/DC Converter - [Link]
by R O Ocaya @ edn.com:
This Design Idea shows a way to drive low-power electronic circuits using a single 1.5V cell. The design is based on a free-running oscillator that drives a flyback transformer to generate a controllable higher voltage. It can be used to power analog circuitry, microcontrollers, and any other light loads.
Flyback switcher works down to 1.1V, flashes HBLEDs - [Link]
In this Tech Lab, we look at the evaluation board for Micrel’s MIC45212, the 14 amp variant from their line of integrated medium voltage DC-to-DC power modules.
The MIC45 205, 208, and 212 modules integrate the inductor, PWM controller, power MOSFETs, and passives into the package. This integration reduces the total application size, simplifies the design and PCB layout, and improves reliability.
By integrating the passives, Micrel is able to effectively reduce the AC loop size when compared to a traditional regulator with passives routed on the PCB.
Tech Lab – Micrel MIC45212 Evaluation Board for Medium Voltage DC to DC Power Modules - [Link]
Micrel’s family of low-profile step-down power modules integrates a synchronous buck regulator with an inductor into a 2.5×3×1.1-mm QFN package for the 1-A MIC33163/33164 and a 2.5×3×1.9-mm QFN package for the 2-A MIC33263/33264. The modules offer 100% duty cycle operation and accommodate an input voltage range of 2.7 V to 5.5 V.
DC/DC buck power modules fit tight spaces - [Link]
The Juice4Halt module is a supercapacitor based energy storage. It contains two independent DC/DC converters. The first one is a bidirectional step-up/step-down converter working as the interface between the stable 5V supply rail and the supercapacitor. During charging the converter works in step-down mode and transports energy from the external power supply to the supercapacitor. In case of a power failure the load device (Raspberry Pi or another SBC) is supplied from the supercapacitor via DC/DC converter working in step-up mode.
The second DC/DC converter is a Front-end step-down converter. The only function is converting a high input voltage down to 5.1V for the 5V rail. It is necessary to use the Front-end converter in case of an external power supply.
The Batteryless UPS for the Raspberry Pi - [Link]
by Steven Keeping @ digikey.com
Switching DC-to-DC voltage converters (“regulators”) comprise two elements: A controller and a power stage. The power stage incorporates the switching elements and converts the input voltage to the desired output. The controller supervises the switching operation to regulate the output voltage. The two are linked by a feedback loop that compares the actual output voltage with the desired output to derive the error voltage.
The controller is key to the stability and precision of the power supply, and virtually every design uses a pulse-width modulation (PWM) technique for regulation. There are two main methods of generating the PWM signal: Voltage-mode control and current-mode control. Voltage-mode control came first, but its disadvantages––such as slow response to load variations and loop gain that varied with input voltage––encouraged engineers to develop the alternative current-based method.
Today, engineers can select from a wide range of power modules using either control technique. These products incorporate technology to overcome the major deficiencies of the previous generation.
This article describes voltage- and current-mode control technique for PWM-signal generation in switching-voltage regulators and explains where each application is best suited.
Voltage- and Current-Mode Control for PWM Signal Generation in DC-to-DC Switching Regulators - [Link]