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The Basics of SSRs (Solid-State Relays): The Switching Device
An introduction to the basic operation of solid-state relays with a focus on the output devices in today’s SSRs.
June 16, 2017
An Introduction to Transient Voltage Suppressors (TVS)
An intro to transients and the devices used to suppress them. Learn about the variety of devices used to suppress transients.
May 24, 2017
Seeking a Better Switch: A New High-Power FET from ON Semiconductor
MOSFETs are certainly not new technology, but ongoing performance improvements make it worth your while to keep an eye on new releases.
May 19, 2017
An Introduction to Ground: Earth Ground, Common Ground, Analog Ground, and Digital Ground
Learn about the basics of grounds, grounding, and ground symbols. Not all grounds are created equal. In this article, we'll discuss earth ground, common ground, analog ground, and digital...
May 18, 2017
Fast, Ultrafast, Soft, Standard, Schottky: Selecting the Right Rectifier
This article is a deeper dive into the speed-related recovery characteristics of rectifiers, and how this dynamic behavior has significant effects on the circuits in which the rectifier is...
April 21, 2017
Fast, Ultrafast, Standard, Soft, Schottky: What’s the Right Rectifier for Your Power Circuitry?
This article will help you understand rectifiers: how their static behavior differs from their dynamic behavior, and how “speed” is used as a defining characteristic....
April 20, 2017
Simplified Power Supervision for Portable Devices: A New Battery Management IC from Maxim
There are many integrated circuits that can help you to optimize the performance of battery-powered devices. In this article we’ll take a look at the MAX17055....
April 10, 2017
Convenient, High-Efficiency Power: A New Series of DC/DC Converter Modules from Murata
You can’t beat the efficiency of switch-mode power supplies, and you can avoid the design-complexity issue by using DC/DC modules such as those in the OKDx-T/90 series....
April 07, 2017
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.
March 28, 2017
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
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