DC/DC Buck Converters: What do all of these features mean?

New features of switching converters, the true benefits of each, and how to decide which are necessary for your power supply design.

As switching converters have evolved, they have taken on a host of new features to operate more efficiently and quietly. To some, however, all these new features listed on the front page of the datasheet may seem foreign. This training series dives into those features to explain the true benefits of each and help you decide which are necessary for your power supply design. Specifically covered in this series are the buck converter topics of:

  • Common features like UVLO, Enable, Soft Start, and Power Good
  • Mode of operation, like PFM, hiccup, and current limit
  • Minimum off-time and on-time
  • Quiescent current

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