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Troubleshooting Switching Power Converters


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The senior engineer's "bag of tricks," on power supplies made available in the form of an easy-to-read book!

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The practical relationship between efficiency and duty cycle; Understanding datasheets and selecting the right components; Power IC bench evaluation and Selection; Proper PCB layout Practices; Practical buck converters; The Forward Converter; Practical boost converters; The PFC boost pre-regulator; Practical buck-boost converters; The off-line Flyback converter; Bench setup and grounding issues; Lab Instrumentation; General Measurements and Troubleshooting Techniques; Specific Troubleshooting Scenarios: High Output ripple and noise, Poor Load transient response, Poor Output voltage regulation, Start-up problems, Unwanted and Desirable Jitter, Alternate Cycle Instabilities, Loop compensation issues, Catastrophic Blow-ups, Output foldback or shutdown, Improperly set Current limit issues, Short circuit, Over-voltage, Short-term and Long-term Thermal failures, Mysterious System Shutdowns, Magnetic saturation failures, Safety issues, Troubleshooting EMI, Line surge test failures, ESD related failures, Acoustic noise issues and techniques to circumvent, Mechanical failures, Diagnosing Low efficiency, Poor reliability and Stress testing, Vibration Testing, Burn-in/HAST/HALT/Overstress/DRT Tests, Design for Manufacturability issues; Sample Component Datasheets; Choosing the Right Inductor for your Application; 5 years of reported problems; Reference Tables and Graphs for Quick Design and Validation.


The senior engineer's "bag of tricks," on power supplies made available in the form of an easy-to-read book!

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