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High-Performance Power Converters on the First Design Pass

One of my former Intersil coworkers, Philip Harris, is presenting a webcast next week on high-performance power converters. He is pitching this webcast as “giving you the design tools and the knowledge that you need so that you can get it right on the first design pass.” I've worked with Harris before. He knows what he's talking about, and he's good with customers, so it should be a good presentation.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, April 18, at 2:00 p.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. PDT).

Here's the quick overview from Intersil:

By utilizing readily available simulation tools, essential board testing and layout techniques a reliable, high performance power design can be achieved on the first design pass. This webinar describes the design process and performance trade-offs that exist when generating a practical power supply design. Topics include using the modeling tools to reduce development time, testing the evaluation board to verify optimum design and PCB layout recommendations to provide reliable, low EMI designs.

Attendees will learn:

  • Intuitive explanation of inductance and capacitance and how to tame these beasts
  • Why current mode control techniques provide robust designs
  • How to use modeling tools to reduce development time and obtain reliable circuit
  • Key tests performed on evaluation board to verify optimum design
  • PCB layout recommendations to provide reliable, low EMI designs

Sign up and preregister by clicking here.

The presenter
Philip Harris has more than 25 years of experience designing and developing power products for commercial, medical, military, industrial, and telecommunication applications. He has five patents in the field of power electronics, including two on integrated magnetic transformer design. He joined Intersil in 2008 as a field applications engineer, and his customers have included commercial, network, industrial, and military companies throughout the southwestern United States. Since 2012, he has managed Intersil's central applications team, providing technical training and responding to design inquiries from customers worldwide.

6 comments on “High-Performance Power Converters on the First Design Pass

  1. Steve Taranovich
    April 12, 2013

    I am a big believer in engineering education on the technical side, but after the basic electronics theory, the making of a good designer is the thought process that goes into designing a circuit or a system.

    This type of education mostly comes to us in the way of good mentors—this type of webinar gives designers both the tech side and the thought process side of things. Bravo Intersil

  2. Brad Albing
    April 12, 2013

    Good point, Steve. You and I have blogged about mentoring in the past. Courses like this are an extension of that mentoring process – which I knew, but never thought to mention. So thanks for bringing that to the forefront.

  3. DEREK.KOONCE
    April 15, 2013

    I  have signed up. Though designing for over two decades, I do not put it past any training where I might pick up that one extra thing. Or have that “oh yeah” moment of realizing I should add that to my list of things to check.

    I am currently in the process of desiging a power supply that is variable output, but not changing the components. Selection of L and C to cover the wide output control range was an interesting calculation.

  4. Brad Albing
    April 30, 2013

    DK – any follow-up comments to the seminar or to the power supply design on which you were working?

  5. DEREK.KOONCE
    April 30, 2013

    Been busy with work and a few side consulting jobs. Working on those blogs to post.

  6. Brad Albing
    April 30, 2013

    And here I thought the blogging was your first priority and the other stuff came in later.

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