LM2596 DC-DC Converter Module Testing

LM2596 based step-down DC-DC converter modules can be bought on eBay quite cheaply for around a dollar each. But how do they perform? Is it safe to use it to power your design? Let’s find out. According to TI’s website, these LM2596 step-down (buck) regulators are sold for $1.8 each for a quantity of a thousand. So how a finished converter could be sold for just above a dollar each is quite a mystery to me. ...

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LT8494 – SEPIC/Boost DC/DC Converter with 2A, 70V Switch, and 7μA Quiescent Current

Features Low Ripple Burst Mode® Operation: 7μA IQ at 12VIN to 5VOUT Output Ripple (<10mV Typ.) Dual Supply Pins: Improves Efficiency Reduces Minimum Supply Voltage to ~1V after Start-Up to Extend Battery Life Wide Input Voltage Range of ~1V to 60V (2.5V to 32V for Start-Up) PG Functional for Input Supply Down to 1.3V FMEA Fault Tolerant in TSSOP Package Fixed Frequency PWM, SEPIC/BOOST/FLYBACK Topologies ...

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Simplify DC-DC Converter Characterization

DC-DC converters are widely used components that convert DC power from one voltage to another, producing a regulated output voltage. These devices are used in many electronic products, including laptops, mobile phones, and instrumentation. Like any device, DC-DC converters need to be characterized by manufacturers and by engineers evaluating them for a design. Given the increased pressure to develop product ...

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Buck Converter (DC-DC)

Alright! So hello everyone! Long time user, follower, commenter but first time iblest here! So for my first instructable I thought I'd share a recent simple project I made; a Buck Converter. Buck Converters are great! I use them all over the place in many of my nerdy, techy, geeky hobbiest projects. They also can commonly be referred to by other names, a DC-DC converter or a switching regulator. Essentially ...

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The Advantages (and Drawbacks) of DC-to-DC Voltage Converters with Integrated Inductors

Such is the popularity of DC-to-DC voltage converters (“switching regulators”)––due to their high efficiency across wide input- and output-voltage ranges––that chip makers have focused a lot of research dollars on squeezing the essential components of the devices into modules. These modules typically include pulse-width-modulation (PWM) controllers and switching elements in a single, compact package, easing ...

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UltraCMOS® True DC RF Switch

Key Features: High power handling 30 dBm @ DC 36 dBm @ 8 GHz Maximum voltage (DC or AC peak): ±10V on the RF ports Total harmonic distortion (THD): –84 dBc Configurable 50Ω absorptive or open reflective switch via a single pin (LZ) Packaging – 20-lead 4 × 4 mm QFN Description: The PE42020 is a HaRP™ technology-enhanced SPDT True DC RF switch that operates from zero Hertz up to 8 GHz with integrated RF, anal ...

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Brushless DC (BLDC) motor with Arduino – Part 2. Circuit and Software

In this post I will describe the hardware and the software part of a project involving the use of BLDC (Brushless DC) motor salvaged from a broken XBox 360. This is a second installment in the series of posts related to Arduino and brushless DC motors. Please see the first part for a bit of info on the theory behind the commutation sequence. Once you understand the commutation sequence for the particular de ...

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Improved Packaging and Control Generates Ultra-Fast DC/DC Converter

I wanted to have my personlal, nice looking Mediabox with a big display and remote control. I' ve been playing around with the Raspberry for a while so I decided this would be the platform of choice for this project. I' m actually a fan of Steampunk so I decided to use a Steampunkish style for the box. Features: Raspbmc user interface accessible via a 7" inbuilt display control via any IR remote control via ...

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