Power Supplies

February 2022
Infineon Invests Over €2 Billion in New Frontend Fab
There was a time where the trend in the semiconductor industry was to move to a fabless strategy. Why bother with the expense of a fab and gaining the expertise in-house to take care of complex manufacturing, when you could easily subcontract to a specialist who’d make your chips cheaply and with higher yields t
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02/22/2022

Programmable Electronic Loads Offer Cooling and Operating-Mode Options

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The proliferation of renewable-energy applications is driving an increasing need to test batteries, fuel cells, solar panels, and other devices that produce renewable DC power. An electronic load—typically programmable and designed to draw various and specified amounts of power from a source—is the ideal inst
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02/06/2022
Power Supplies + Magnetics: Integral to the Growth of Electronics Content
The electronics content in everything is going up across all global markets. In 2021 the market incorporation for semiconductors used in electronic systems reached 33.2% – a new all-time high. The market for magnetics, globally, was 3.8 billion USD in 2020 and is expected to grow to 4.7 billion USD by 2025, at
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02/04/2022
Increasing a Power Supply's Hold-Up Time

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Figure 1: AC-DC power supply block diagram

During a storm, or when equipment is using a common power source shared with large machinery, the nominal AC input voltage may dip for a short period of time. This frequently happens when lightning strikes are in close proximity to a facility, or when large amount of current is drawn during a welding process on
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02/04/2022
Regulation Efficiency for Data-Intensive Applications

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Figure 1: Real-time data in the global ‘datasphere’ will reach 51 zettabytes by 2025

It is estimated that by 2025 the annual size of real-time data in the global ‘datasphere’ will have increased tenfold from the level in 2018, reaching a total of 51 zettabytes. Indeed, driven in part by the pandemic, global internet traffic grew by around 35% in 2020 as a result of rapid uptake of video st
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02/04/2022
DC-DC Converter Design Basics

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Figure 1: The buck and boost DC-DC converter outlines

This article gives a broad review of the switched-mode topology technology and some commercial implementations. Historically DC-DC conversion utilised a series pass element (transistor) with linear circuitry, resulting in woeful efficiency levels especially if the differential voltage across the series pass el
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02/04/2022
Increasing Multi-Output Flyback Transformer Efficiencies in Power Supply Applications

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Figure 1: The flyback transformer circuit schematic

Integrated circuits and transistor components of the switch mode power supply (SMPS) already operate at faster switching speeds and higher efficiency than in previous years. Likewise, magnetic components used in SMPS circuit topologies require advanced design and analysis to keep up. A flyback topology with low
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02/04/2022
Big Data Needs Big Power
The holidays now feel well behind us and more and more people are getting back into the office with restrictions being lifted in many places around the world as the COVID-19 epidemic seems to have gotten less dangerous, if not less contagious. One of the things that working from home caused was a massive b
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02/04/2022
PSD’s Raison D'être – Our Reason for Being
If there’s any issue theme that comes closest to matching our mission statement, it’s this one. After all, our entire raison d'être is power systems, so “Power Supplies + Magnetics” fits us like a glove. So while we all hunker down and try to avoid Omicron, let’s take a look at the visual representa
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02/04/2022
TPI 180 and TPP 180 Series 180 Watt AC/DC power supplies
TRACO POWER’s TPI 180 & TPP 180 are a set of encapsulated AC/DC power supplies coming as open frame and encased versions. They feature a reinforced double I/O isolation (3000 VAC) system according to latest medical safety standards (60601-1 3rd edition, 2 x MOPP). The leakage current is below 300 μA and makes
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Date:
02/02/2022