This video series takes an in-depth look at voltage mode and current mode control in comparison to DCAP2 and DCAP3 control modes for step-down DC/DC converters.
Learn the features and benefits of TI's new DC/DC power topology, the series capacitor buck converter, and get started using it in your space-constrained design.
Control theory is often thought to be difficult to understand and theoretical approaches usually have lots of Mathematics and talk about Loop Gain, complex frequency, H(s), G(s) and so on.
Riding Out Automotive Transients : Architecting Front End Power Conversion Stage for Automotive Off-Battery Loads
With rapidly expanding electronic content in latest generation of cars, there is an ever increasing need for power conversion from the car battery rail. The 12-V battery rail is subject to a variety of transients. This presents a unique challenge in terms of the power architecture for off-battery systems. This presentation introduces the different types of transients that occur in automotive battery rails, the causes of those transients, and the standards and specifications defining the test conditions for those transients.
Learn about MicroSiP power module construction and how they have greatly increased the power density of power supplies over the years. See the evolution of discrete power converters to their MicroSiP power module counterparts. Specific comparisons and tradeoffs for the TPS82130, TPS82085, and TPS82671 are discussed.
Why should you understand power management?
In today’s computing environment, CPUs, FPGAs, ASICs and even peripherals are growing increasingly complex and, consequently, so do their power delivery requirements. To handle the higher demands, multiphase regulators are becoming increasingly common on motherboards in many areas of computing--from laptops and tablets to servers and Ethernet switches. Designing with these regulators is more challenging than using conventional switchers and linear regulators, but the benefits of multiphase outweigh the complexity for high-performance power applications.
The below introductory section features a video briefly discussing what exactly multi-phase buck regulators are, what applications they're suited for, and some of the challenges associated with implementing them. Additionally, the listed resources dive a little deeper into the topics covered in the video, providing further instruction in the beginning of your multiphase journey.
In designing with multiphase, Carmen works through a six-phase design for powering the core voltage of a networking ASIC, Marketing Manager George Lakkas explains why multiphase converters are ideal for high currents, and TI engineers blog about common concerns and use contexts.
In testing in the lab, Carmen takes a six phase buck regulator through basic validation testing in the lab with plenty of tips and waveforms shared. Let Carmen show you how to test transient response, input and output ripple, phase stability, and thermal performance. Additionally, TI engineers blog about various lab tricks related to multiphase devices.
Managing heat dissipation has always been a critical concern for any power supply designer, and this concern has only grown in importance as output current levels have increased while IC package sizes have gotten smaller. This page serves as your ultimate resource for all training materials and technical documentation related to keeping your switching regulator running cool.
There are numerous ways to address thermals. This library of training content is broken out by some of these key approaches to improving the thermal performance of your switching regulator.
PCB layout tips to manage heat dissipation with your switching regulator
Another way to manage thermals is through IC packaging. Smaller and smaller packages continue to be introduced as output currents trend upward. Learn more about the packaging technologies that aid heat dissipation under these challenging conditions and enable high power density.
This training series covers critical power supply design parameters such as EMI mitigation, heat dissipation, and loop compensation. Each training module features guidance using the LM4360x/LM4600x Synchronous SIMPLE SWITCHER® step-down voltage regulator as an example device.
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: