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Exploring the Pros and Cons of Silicon Carbide (SiC) FETs: A New MOSFET from Cree
The C3M0075120K is a low-on-resistance N-channel FET for high-power switching applications.
about 22 hours ago
Protect Your Circuits: A New Transient Voltage Suppressor (TVS) for Automotive Applications
The D28V0H1U2P5Q is a unidirectional TVS that is intended specifically for the harsh automotive environment.
March 16, 2017
Understanding Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) in Power Systems
This article describes the cause and effect of total harmonic distortion (THD) in power systems. Some means of improving THD are also discussed....
March 15, 2017
FET vs. BJT vs. IGBT: What’s the Right Choice for your Power Stage Design?
This article will help the reader understand the different types of power semiconductors: how they work, their key parameters, and trade-offs....
March 13, 2017
Circuits Need Protection, Too: An IC Solution for Overvoltage, Undervoltage, and Reverse Polarity
A new power-supply IC from Linear Tech, the LTC4368, is a highly integrated device that can help you protect your circuits from problematic voltage and current conditions....
March 06, 2017
Understanding, Calculating, and Measuring Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
Total harmonic distortion (THD) is a measurement that tells you how much of the distortion of a voltage or current is due to harmonics in the signal....
February 20, 2017
Introduction to Low-Power Embedded Design
Low power consumption has become an important design goal in many electronic systems. This article introduces essential concepts and techniques....
February 17, 2017
How the Boost PFC Converter Circuit Improves Power Quality
A boost power factor correction (PFC) converter can significantly improve both the power factor and the harmonic distortion.
December 16, 2016
Power Factor, THD, and Why Linear Power Supplies Fail to Meet Power Standards
A discussion of international electrical quality standards and why basic linear power supplies fail to meet them.
December 08, 2016
Tesla’s Towers: Pikes Peak, Wardenclyffe, and Wireless Power Transmission
Even a genius like Tesla couldn't escape the market rules of product success: Be first to market, offer good value, and best the competition....
December 01, 2016
Introduction to Wireless Power Transfer
Wireless Power Transfer holds the promise of freeing us from the tyranny of power cords. This technology is being incorporated into all kinds of devices and systems....
October 28, 2016
Understanding MOSFET On-State Drain-to-Source Resistance
This technical brief covers some useful details regarding a common MOSFET parameter referred to as on-state resistance.
September 02, 2016
Stencil Design for Exposed-Pad Packages
A properly designed solder stencil helps to ensure successful reflow soldering with IC packages that have an exposed thermal pad.
August 04, 2016
Thermal Design with Exposed-Pad Packages
This technical brief discusses thermal design techniques for IC packages—such as QFN, DFN, and MLP—that incorporate an exposed thermal pad....
August 01, 2016
Rapid Analysis of BJT Switch/Driver Circuits
This technical brief explains a quick, straightforward procedure for evaluating a switch/driver circuit based on an NPN bipolar junction transistor....
July 21, 2016
An Introduction to Rectifier Circuits
An important application of the diode is one that takes place in the design of the rectifier circuit. Simply put, this circuit converts alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC). This is...
June 27, 2016
The How and Why of Energy Harvesting for Low-Power Applications
Harvesting energy from non-conventional sources has received an increased interest as designers look for alternative power sources. Even though the power is usually harvested in small amounts,...
June 23, 2016
Analysis of Forward Conducting Diodes
In this article, we will learn how to analyze circuits that utilize forward conducting diodes. We will also talk about the exponential model, constant voltage drop model, as well as the ideal...
June 17, 2016
Characteristics of Junction Diodes
In this article, we will look at the characteristics of junction diodes and learn how to analyze circuits containing diodes that operate in the forward, reverse, and breakdown biases....
May 20, 2016
Choosing the Right LDO: Beyond the Basic Specs
Learn about some of those less-than-obvious specifications found in datasheets for linear voltage regulators.
May 12, 2016
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