Technical solutions, industry trends and insights for designing and managing power supplies.
    • Dec 5, 2018

    Improving data-center efficiency with eFuses

    According to Forbes, global data centers used approximately 416TW (4.16 × 1014W) of electricity in 2017, with U.S. data centers contributing about 90 billion kilowatt hours to that number. With artificial intelligence making strides and 5G arou...
    • Dec 4, 2018

    How to use a voltage reference as a voltage regulator

    A version of this post was also published on Electronic Design . Have you ever needed to bias a low-current load and simply didn’t want to add another voltage regulator? Or been in a situation where you need a reasonable level of voltage accurac...
    • Nov 27, 2018

    Using an RGBW LED driver to elevate LED human-machine interface designs

    Products are becoming very intelligent and connected with each other. Devices such as speakers , TVs, refrigerators, set-top boxes and smoke detectors are no longer objects that just sit there – users can control them remotely or through voice ...
    • Nov 26, 2018

    QFN soldering tips and tricks

    If you’re looking to power a space-constrained, high-power-density, thermally critical application, high-efficiency converters in tiny quad flat no-lead (QFN) packages offer great performance value. But you might ask yourself, when you test and...
    • Nov 12, 2018

    How to add hysteresis to a DC/DC converter

    Is enable hysteresis not included in the DC/DC converter you are designing with? Or is the built-in enable hysteresis too small? Modern DC/DC converters use an enable pin to control the design conditions at which the power supply turns on and off. It...
    • Nov 8, 2018

    20 million reasons to use GaN

    It was a cold and snowy day in Toronto. We were brainstorming in the basement of the local university’s advanced power electronics research lab. Ironically, the conversation was focused on heat – not actually generating it for warmth, but how to reduce it in our power converters. We had pushed MOSFETs and IGBTs to their respective limits...
    • Nov 5, 2018

    How to speed SSD program time with a boost converter

    Solid-state drive (SSD) storage is becoming more popular in PC, data-center and telecom applications, offering the benefits of faster speeds and a more compact size compared to Hard Disk Drive (HDDs). The new Peripheral Component Interconnect Express...
    • Nov 1, 2018

    Delivering a smooth transition from AC to PoE power

    As the number of interconnected devices in the electronics market continues to grow, it becomes increasingly important to ensure interconnectivity between data-sensitive end equipment like wireless access points (WAPs), Internet Protocol (IP) camera...
    • Oct 17, 2018

    How to Create a Programmable Output Inverting Buck-Boost Regulator

    By Akshay Mehta and Frank De Stasi There are multiple applications, particularly in the test and measurement sector, where you need an external source or digital-to-analog converter (DAC) to program the output voltage of an inverting buck-boost regul...
    • Oct 8, 2018

    Output topology options for a voltage supervisor

    Having stumbled upon this blog post, I’m assuming that you know the importance of having a voltage supervisor in your electronic design and are wondering how to implement and design with these different output topology types. Don’t worry!...