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Selecting and Implementing Photovoltaic Cells for Solar-Powered Devices
This article discusses details that will help you choose the right kind of solar cell and successfully incorporate it into your next project.
May 31, 2018
The Circuit Designer’s Guide to Photovoltaic Cells for Solar-Powered Devices
This article presents the equivalent circuit for a solar cell and discusses some implementation details.
May 30, 2018
PCB Layout for a Charge-Pump Bipolar Power Supply
In this article we’ll look at the PCB design for a low-noise ±5 V inductorless power supply.
May 28, 2018
Designing a Charge-Pump Bipolar Power Supply
This article presents and discusses a schematic design for a ±5 V inductorless power supply.
May 16, 2018
Boosting and Inverting without Inductors: Charge-Pump Power Supplies
This article discusses charge-pump DC/DC converters and introduces a design for an inductorless bipolar power-supply circuit.
May 14, 2018
Hardware Evaluation for the Cypress S6AE102A/S6AE103A Eval Kit for Energy Harvesting Applications
In this article, we will assess and characterize the hardware of two power management IC development boards from Cypress Semiconductor, designed for energy-harvesting applications....
May 08, 2018
The PNP Transistor: Characteristics and Applications
This article helps you understand what PNP transistors are, how they’re used, and why they’re less common than NPN transistors.
April 20, 2018
Power for Airborne Systems: MIL-STD-704
This technical brief discusses a widely used military standard for power-supply characteristics.
April 09, 2018
How to Monitor Current with an Op-Amp, a BJT, and Three Resistors
This article, part of AAC’s Analog Circuit Collection, explains the functionality of a clever circuit that accurately measures supply current....
February 19, 2018
Need a Current Regulator? Use a Voltage Regulator!
This article, part of AAC’s Analog Circuit Collection, shows you how linear voltage regulators can also be handy in constant-current applications....
February 12, 2018
Power Hold-Up and Energy Storage Management Devices
In this article, we discuss power hold-up and some energy storage management devices in the context of SSDs.
November 22, 2017
Overcurrent Protection in AC Power Systems
Get an intro to overcurrent protection and OCPDs (overcurrent protection devices).
October 27, 2017
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
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