Troubleshooting Switching Power Converters: A Hands-on Guide by Sanjaya Maniktala

By Sanjaya Maniktala

Energy provide layout is all approximately element. And a wide a part of that aspect lies within the functional area, mostly as a result in most cases small variety of microseconds of switching sessions concerned, and the even smaller tens of nanoseconds of change transition occasions --- most of these, in impression accentuating a variety of "second-order" results, that finally prove enjoying top havoc with "normal" expectancies of ways the circuit should still behave. So no longer unsurprisingly, even after analyzing a number of books, such a lot readers nonetheless locate themselves no toward the last word target of designing a precise energy provide. in the end, all engineers commence understanding the demanding proven fact that designing a switching strength offer is not the trivial job it as soon as . yet even after years of effectively learning the underlying idea, the last word objective of making a cheap, trustworthy and commercially workable strength provide should stay a far off dream, for the reason that good fortune finally hinges on event. that's, in reality, what essentially differentiates a senior and pro strength offer engineer from the others --- the facility to navigate and surmount a veritable minefield of difficult concerns that may in simple terms be realized the challenging method, by way of genuine hands-on event at the task. This ebook offers useful wisdom the writer bought quite painfully, whereas operating "in the trenches" for numerous years in significant engineering businesses scattered throughout a number of continents. this is often meant to be the legendary senior engineer's "bag of tricks," ultimately made on hand within the kind of an easy-to-read booklet in your shelf. This publication will make existence for the formidable energy provide engineer a lot easier --- along with decreasing considerably, the rigorous requirement of getting to be a senior engineer's protégé for years on finish, simply to achieve a small degree of actual luck during this box. * a realistic presentation that solutions the $64000 query: why is my switching converter behaving so in a different way than what i used to be looking forward to at the foundation of my paper layout? and the way do I bridge that vast hole? * For the 1st time, a scientific and thorough dialogue of troubleshooting switching energy provides. * insurance of AC/DC and DC/DC strength offers. * Bench overview of semiconductor ICs utilized in strength conversion --- describing ordinary and weird suggestions mastered through the writer, whereas trying out related chips at nationwide Semiconductor. * certain insurance of significant issues that have not been lined via on hand assets --- grounding structures, the subtleties of part datasheets, and utilizing tools and probes successfully. * Systematic research (type of failure mechanism, topology, etc.) and suggestions for five years of said energy offer matters on a admired, public net discussion board. This method will make sure that engineers won't repeat a similar errors. * a different, readable kind: own and direct; no mystification--- simply the apparent fact, simply and logically defined, with lots of images, graphs and plots.

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They learn quickly enough though! One common use for wirewound resistors seems to be as the load for a converter. I also use that configuration when doing thermals to simulate the customer’s system and for noise and ripple measurements. But rarely do I use it for anything else. I would strongly suggest you get yourself a good electronic load. But do remember to set it to CC mode (constant current mode). Because a resistor (or an electronic load set to CR mode) is just too benign. For example, rarely does it reveal any fundamental start-up issues.

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Depending upon where the offending PCB section is located, we could get voltage spikes being applied to the pins of the IC. This could affect pin thresholds and cause erratic behavior. For example, if the IC has a clock pin, this could produce severe jitter in the switching waveform, which in turn could produce other measurable effects. The good thing is that these inductive spikes usually do not have much associated energy, and therefore tend to get absorbed partially by real or parasitic capacitances nearby and/or get dissipated in adjacent resistances.

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