Technical solutions, industry trends and insights for designing and managing your power supplies.
    • Dec 6, 2019

    How to design more noise-tolerant industrial systems

    Modern factories and other industrial settings consist of a rich mesh of interconnected machines that themselves include devices such as networked computers, programmable logic controllers , input/output cards , field transmitters , sensors , and a colle...
    • Dec 6, 2019

    Selecting TVS diodes in hot-swap and ORing applications

    Designers will often use a transient voltage suppression (TVS) diode to clamp large surge currents to a safe voltage level in order to protect nearby components from damage. In many ways, a TVS diode behaves like a Zener diode, but with a higher power-rating capability because of its larger die size and stronger wire bonding. Why do hot-swap applications...
    • Nov 21, 2019

    How to flexibly configure an LED driver for automotive headlights

    Electronic technology has advanced so that an electronic control unit (ECU) is required to control the functions of full LED automotive headlights. An ECU consists of mainly LED drivers for headlight functions such as high beams, low beams, daytime running lights, position lights, turn indicators and fog lights. In this article, I’ll explain the...
    • Nov 20, 2019

    3 tips when designing a power stage for servo and AC drives

    The Industry 4.0 revolution enables the capture and analysis of data about various machines, resulting in faster, more flexible, more reliable and more efficient processes to produce higher-quality goods at lower costs. Industry 4.0 does create some challenges at the system level, however, for engineers designing power supplies with DC/DC step-down...
    • Nov 18, 2019

    Sequencing and powering FPGAs in radar and other defense applications

    Aerospace and defense applications, from ruggedized communications to radar to avionics equipment, require intelligent power with accurate voltage regulation, high power density, high efficiency and comprehensive system diagnostics for high reliability. More and more aerospace and defense applications are using faster, higher-performance processors...
    • Nov 11, 2019

    Get more out of your power supply with port power management

    With the publication of the new Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 802.3bt standard, the power range of Power over Ethernet (PoE) loads continues to expand. If you are designing systems that provide PoE, this presents a challenge. You may need to provide 5 W of power to a low-end Internet Protocol camera or 70 W to a high-end wireless...
    • Nov 5, 2019

    Powering tiny industrial automation control equipment with high-voltage modules: how to ensure reliability

    It’s not unusual to find industrial automation control equipment like field sensors (for proximity, pressure, flow or temperature, for example) housed in increasingly inconspicuous packages. Figure 1 shows an example of a proximity sensor housed in a tiny screw (which can be as small as 8 mm or in some instances even smaller). While the electronics...
    • Oct 31, 2019

    Address thermal performance in small applications with the power WCSP technology

    When it comes to cost-effectively powering space-constrained, high-power-density applications, such as solid-state drive (SSD) or wearable equipment, wafer chip-scale package (WCSP) DC/DC converter solutions are widely used in the industry. The trend...
    • Oct 29, 2019

    Selecting the right power MOSFET/power block package for your application

    When starting a new design, engineers are often overwhelmed by the number of package options for power metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors ( MOSFET s) and power blocks . For example, TI offers single N-channel MOSFETs in 12 unique packages. Given this myriad of options, how do you know which package to select for your application? ...
    • Oct 28, 2019

    New LED drivers enhance your automotive lighting solutions

    Automotive rear lighting systems have evolved from a signal that simply indicates a braking automobile to a symbol of an automotive brand. Automotive rear lighting systems need to accommodate custom designs from automakers while still remaining useful for signaling. In this article, I’ll look further into automotive rear lighting system trends...