Content posted in March 2018
Mechatronics: Power Amplifiers
Steve Taranovich 3/28/2018 1 comment
Power amplifiers/drivers are important in Mechatronics because they are the ‘Movers and the Shakers’, so-to-speak, in Robotics and other Mechatronics applications.
Gate Drivers Get Some Deserved Attention
Analog Angle 3/22/2018 Post a comment
Deciding which power-device driver to use may not seem like a big deal, but how well it matches the power device and design objectives is an important factor in overall performance and reliability.
Still another hidden 'Gem' from APEC 2018: AEM, Inc.
Steve Taranovich 3/16/2018 Post a comment
AEM, Inc. did have a small booth at APEC 2018 this year and I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Montgomery, General Manager, AEM. High-Rel fuses and tin whiskers were our topics of discussion. Both of these topics are frequently after-thoughts by circuit designers.
My top hidden 'Gems' at APEC 2018: Renesas/Intersil
Steve Taranovich 3/12/2018 1 comment
While at APEC 2018 last week in San Antonio, TX, there were a great many excellent new offerings and developments for the power electronics industry. Sometimes, what some may consider lesser displays and discussions, can get lost in the shuffle at such an event, so I wanted to highlight some of these ‘Gems’ that I noticed while roaming the exhibit floor and seminar rooms.
Digital Temperature Sensing with the Aid of LTspice
Alain Stas 3/3/2018 Post a comment
Before you start building a digital temperature sensing circuit, you must take the pure mechanical aspects (not treated in this article) and the electro-thermal aspects of your design into account. To that end, there are several important questions to consider.
Choosing the optimal LPDDR4 power supply
Chris Glaser 3/1/2018 Post a comment
In this article, I’ll compare three Texas Instruments (TI) power solutions for LPDDR4 portable applications, comparing their output-voltage accuracy, efficiency and solution size to obtain an optimal solution for a wide variety of applications.
There’s a further cool thing you can do with a spreadsheet that most SPICEs can’t. That’s to use the spreadsheet ‘solver’ functionality to adjust component values in the search for a better-fitting circuit – or even to find a set of component values for a circuit you can’t otherwise design.
Infineon MOSFETs have been embedded into PC boards by Schweizer Electronic AG
You now need to adjust component values to achieve some system goal, such as predefined frequency response or time behaviour, and there’s no closed method for working out those values.
As a member of the electronics design community, I am angry and disappointed with the recent deaths of 346 people due to the Boeing MAX 8 design
The theoretical advantages of GaN-based power transistors are now being realized in mainstream system designs. Power supplies for data centers and telecom switching racks are two application areas where GaN transistors show significant improvement in comparison to systems using best-in-class Silicon-based Superjunction devices.