Glossary Definition for Switching-Supply

Glossary Term: Switching-Supply 

Definition

A voltage regulator that uses a switching element to transform the supply into an alternating current, which is then converted to a different voltage using capacitors, inductors, and other elements, then converted back to DC. The circuit includes regulation and filtering components to insure a steady output. Advantages include the ability to generate voltages beyond the input supply range and efficiency; disadvantages include complexity.

See: Switching Regulator Applications

See: DC-DC Converter Tutorial

Synonyms
  • DC-DC Converter
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