Technical Features

February 2020
Taking Advantage of PFM with MicroModules for Space Constrained Applications

Figure 1: Block diagram of a security camera application

Space constrained applications like portable devices require especially designed DC/DC converters with a certain set of characteristics. Tight space, by definition, requires tiny DC/DC converters which have excellent thermal performance. This article digs deeper into the challenges that arise for the power supply of s
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Date:
04/01/2021
All Semiconductor Switch Technologies Lead to Rome

Figure 1: Si superjunction and SiC MOSFETs have a vertical structure; GaN MOSFETs on the other hand have a lateral structure

Much is made of wide bandgap technologies, especially since GaN and SiC often have a superior performance on paper when compared to classic Si switching devices. These improvements include lower on-resistance and higher thermal conductivity, features that enable improvements in efficiency and operation at higher te
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Date:
02/29/2020
Collaborating for Success in Custom Power Magnetics Designs

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Figure 1. Simplistic inductor equivalent circuit

Despite its long history, the theory of magnetics component design still eludes many engineers, and with some justification; a good description of the effect of a magnetic field is the ‘relativistic correction to the force between charged particles when in motion.’ Many understand the behaviour of magnetics co
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Date:
02/28/2020
Designing a PoE-PD for IoT

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Figure 1: Waveforms during Startup Phase

Internet-connected devices rely on two core features, communications backhaul and power. With IoT devices, three core concerns regularly crop up: power, communications and security. Wireless technologies, like WiFi, have held the spotlight in the marketplace for years, but they struggle with these three problems. Wi
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Date:
02/28/2020