Category | April

Prime(PACK) Time for SCALE-2

Posted on 01 April 2008

      New Plug & Play driver for PrimePACK modules plus a look into planar transformer gate drivers. Two distinctively different gate driver solutions are presented that both have one mission: to make power designer’s life a little less complicated. Each driver relies on the highly integrated SCALE-2 chipset for fast and dependable signal [...]

Platform Power Design for Future Satellite Savings

Posted on 01 April 2008

      Mx design platform for space-grade DC-DC converters Growth in consumer demand for satellite-based services is placing pressure on costs and turnaround times in the space industry. A new switching converter platform satisfying all the performance and documentation requirements for space applications will help constructors respond, by streamlining the design of the power [...]

Electric Power Steering Modules

Posted on 01 April 2008

      A safety relevant application EPS systems often are subjected to a 120°C ambient under-the-hood environment. Specific mission profiles (e.g. “driving school circuit”) and are a special strain for the thermal design of an EPS control unit. These factors describe a very demanding current and temperature profile for the PWM inverter power stage. [...]

From Idea to Design in Less than 30 Minutes

Posted on 01 April 2008

      Selection of the right MOSFETs can be a challenge The design of power management systems for computing products has always been a challenge for designers. With the increasing demand for efficient PCs, servers and notebooks, power management takes more and more a place in the center of the design process. By Aranzazu [...]

Designing Power with Ease using Webench®

Posted on 01 April 2008

      The recent expansion was the addition of LED Webench®. To help power supply development National Semiconductor introduced an online simulation tool named Webench® in the year 1999. Ever since its introduction it has grown in popularity and mightiness. What was once a tool to aid power management development exclusively is now supporting [...]

Unique Tactile Pressure Indicating Sensor Film Helps Capacitor Manufacturer Hold Tighter Product Tolerances

Posted on 01 April 2008

      Many of SB Electronics’ radial lead products are designed to take up the minimum amount of space on printed circuit boards. This is often done by flattening the round capacitor’s profile by pressing them between aluminum plates. By Arlene Gleicher, Sensor Products Inc. and David Bryan, SB Electronics   As an innovator [...]

Passive Heatsinks Designed to Out-Perform Active Solutions

Posted on 01 April 2008

      The solution is robust and maintenance free Recent developments in downsizing of equipment enclosures have guided to new challenges for designers of thermal solutions and in particular natural convection heatsinks By Andreas Engelhardt, Research Engineer, Thermacore Europe Ltd., Ashington, UK   Natural Convection heat sinks are still the preferred solution in many [...]