Technical solutions, industry trends and insights for designing and managing power supplies.
    • May 2, 2015

    Understanding MOSFET data sheets, Part 2 - Safe operating area (SOA) graph

    As a product marketing engineer for power MOSFETs , I probably get more questions about the Safe Operating Area (SOA) curve than maybe any other topic on the FET datasheet, with the exception of current ratings (which not so coincidentally w...
    • Apr 29, 2015

    Power Tips: Synchronize your SEPIC

    A single-ended primary-inductor converter (SEPIC) does a great job of bucking or boosting the input voltage to maintain a regulated output voltage. This is useful in automotive applications or systems that may have multiple input sources available, but you don’t necessarily want to change the converter type. A SEPIC has many advantages, such as...
    • Apr 25, 2015

    Understanding MOSFET data sheets, Part 1 - UIS/avalanche ratings

    When it comes to MOSFET datasheets, you have to know what you’re looking for. While certain parameters are obvious and explicit (BVDSS, RDS(ON), gate charge), others can be ambiguous at best (ID, SOA curves), while others can be downright usele...
    • Apr 24, 2015

    Power Tips: A Simple Circuit Yields Fast, Controllable Transient Loads

    Many application processors demand fast changes in load current including FPGAs, ASICs and other high-power CPUs. The power supplies for these systems require special attention to control topology selection and output filter design to support fast current steps. Once designed, a key challenge is testing the power supply against the specified current...
    • Apr 22, 2015

    Making smart energy smarter with renewable power storage

    As the reserves of non-renewable sources of energy (like coal, petrol and others) continue to deplete, there is an ever-increasing demand for “cleaner” sources of energy such as solar or wind energy. The future lies in the efficient conversion of these sources of renewable energy into electricity. In this post, I’ll present the hardware...
    • Apr 20, 2015

    PMICs – The smart, high-efficiency power solution for smart home applications

    When designing an energy harvesting application such as smart meters, thermostats or smart-connected homes, there are several critical factors to consider. You must maximize efficiency, avoid any components that can cause board leakages, and use the power-saving mode to avoid power loss. Using power-saving modes is the best way to design the most efficient...
    • Apr 15, 2015

    Noise requirements for ADC power supplies

    So far in this blogs series, we’ve looked at the power supply rejection ratio (PSRR) of the ADC and the PSRR requirements for the prior power stage to ensure minimal noise. Before further analyzing the power supply, we need to understand the impact of supply noise on the ADC. In this blog, we will look into the thermal and flicker noise requirements...
    • Apr 11, 2015

    Easy SSD backup power

    Increasing the reliability of solid state drives (SSDs) by operating through brown outs and retaining all data during black outs is paramount. This level of reliability requires a back-up power system to be present in the SSD . This system must store significant energy, while being able to use (discharge) and replenish (recharge) the energy in the storage...
    • Apr 4, 2015

    Ditch the Diode and Win Your Design Race

    Over the last several years there’s been a ton of focus on integrated-inductor power modules within the world of SIMPLE SWITCHER® power devices . After all, what could be simpler than power supplies that only require two caps and one resistor external to the IC while still boasting excellent thermal and EMI performance? With the increased...
    • Apr 2, 2015

    Power Tips: How to control multiple loops in a power supply

    Power Tips: how to control multiple loops in a power supply Usually the output voltage of a power supply is regulated and provided to a load. In some cases, the output current can be regulated (such as in a LED application). Some applications do require more complex control, however. A battery charger uses two loops: one to control the output voltage...