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Power-Supply Circuits

APP NOTES FOR: 
  • Automotive
  • Cable Modem/Satellite TV
  • Cell Phone
  • Desktop PC/Server
  • Digital Camera
  • FPGA
  • Fiber Module
  • LCD/Flat Panel/Backlight/Display
  • Network/Telecom/WLAN
  • Notebook Computer
  • Other
  • PDA/Hand Terminal
  • Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)
  • Printer/Fax
  • RAID
  • Topology: 
  • Boost/Step-Up
  • Buck-Boost/Step Up-Down
  • Buck/Step-Down
  • Charge Pump
  • Flyback/Isolated/Transformer
  • Inverter/Negative Output
  • Linear Regulator/LDO
  • MOSFET Driver
  • USB/Hot-Swap/Load Switching
  • White-LED Power

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    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
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    792kB
    Tutorial 5775 
    How to Use the MAX17501 and MAX17502 for Negative Output Voltage Applications
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    111.4kB
    Tutorial 4645 
    A Power Engineer: the Super Hero in a Design?
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    153kB
    Tutorial 4332 
    How to Design an Efficient DC-DC Converter Using the DS1875 PWM Controller
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    137.3kB
    Tutorial 5066 
    When Is Calibration Important?
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    200.3kB
    Tutorial 5389 
    Layout Considerations for High-Power Circuits
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    701.8kB
    Tutorial 5132 
    Power-Supply Solutions for Xilinx FPGAs
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    238.4kB
    Tutorial 5133 
    Power-Supply Solutions for Altera FPGAs
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    58.3kB
    Tutorial 5290 
    Higher Integration Drives the Newest Generations of Smartphones
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    64.8kB
    Tutorial 5065 
    Radio Susceptibility - Cure with Antibiotic, Vaccine, or the Laws of Physics?
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    100.7kB
    Tutorial 4670 
    LEDs for General Lighting: What They Offer and Their Design in Retrofit Lamps
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    102.3kB
    Tutorial 4687 
    LEDs Allow New Remote-Controlled Lighting Applications
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    108.6kB
    Tutorial 5047 
    Projected-Capacitive Touch Systems from the Controller Point of View
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    258kB
    Tutorial 671 
    Energy Management for Small Portable Systems
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    221.8kB
    Tutorial 4992 
    Reduce the Chances of Human Error: Part 1, Power and Ground
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    159kB
    Tutorial 2158 
    Advantages of IC-Based Hot-Swap Circuit Protection
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    150kB
    Tutorial 4705 
    The Art of Hot-Swapping in Telecom Systems: Avoid a Patchwork and Implement a More Effective Solution
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    92kB
    Tutorial 4691 
    Introduction to Hearing Aids and Important Design Considerations
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    72kB
    Tutorial 4689 
    Blood Pressure Monitor Design Considerations
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    38kB
    Tutorial 737 
    Choosing the Right Power-Supply IC for your Application
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    74kB
    Tutorial 725 
    DC-DC Conversion Without Inductors
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    220.9kB
    Tutorial 4344 
    Rail Splitter, from Abraham Lincoln to Virtual Ground
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    61kB
    Tutorial 4149 
    How to Add Margining Capability to a DC-DC Converter
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    50kB
    Tutorial 4221 
    How to Optimize Avalanche Photodiode (APD) Bias Range Using a DS1841 Logarithmic Resistor
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    246.3kB
    Tutorial 3740 
    How to Generate Auxiliary Supplies from a Positive Buck DC-DC Converter
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    42kB
    Tutorial 3694 
    How to 'Center' a Down-Dithering EconOscillator
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    69kB
    Tutorial 2997 
    Basic Switching-Regulator-Layout Techniques
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    148.7kB
    Tutorial 1832 
    Power Supply Engineer's Guide to Calculate Dissipation for MOSFETs in High-Power Supplies
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    126kB
    Tutorial 680 
    How to Design Battery Charger Applications that Require External Microcontrollers and Related System-Level Issues
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    45kB
    Tutorial 967 
    How to Minimize Power Dissipation in Li+ Linear Chargers
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    286.8kB
    Tutorial 2031 
    DC-DC Converter Tutorial
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    210.3kB
    Tutorial 660 
    Regulator Topologies for Battery-Powered Systems
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    164kB
    Tutorial 658 
    Choose the Right Ultra-Thin DC-DC Converter for a Compact PCMCIA Card

    APP NOTES FOR: Automotive

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    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
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    246.3kB
    Tutorial 3740 
    How to Generate Auxiliary Supplies from a Positive Buck DC-DC Converter
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    201kB
    Tutorial 1109 
    Small, High-Voltage Boost Converters

    APP NOTES FOR: Cable Modem/Satellite TV

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    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
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    246.3kB
    Tutorial 3740 
    How to Generate Auxiliary Supplies from a Positive Buck DC-DC Converter
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    148.7kB
    Tutorial 1832 
    Power Supply Engineer's Guide to Calculate Dissipation for MOSFETs in High-Power Supplies
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    124kB
    Tutorial 883 
    Improved Power-Supply Rejection for Linear Regulators
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    221kB
    Tutorial 986 
    Input and Output Noise in Buck Converters Explained
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    117kB
    Tutorial 735 
    Layout Considerations for Non-Isolated DC-DC Converters
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    138kB
    Tutorial 848 
    Snubber Circuits Suppress Voltage Transient Spikes in Multiple Output DC-DC Flyback Converter Power Supplies

    APP NOTES FOR: Cell Phone

    View   In New Window PDF
    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
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    58.3kB
    Tutorial 5290 
    Higher Integration Drives the Newest Generations of Smartphones
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    31kB
    Tutorial 1930 
    Technology Changes: From a Portable Power Point of View
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    124kB
    Tutorial 883 
    Improved Power-Supply Rejection for Linear Regulators
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    104kB
    Tutorial 751 
    Linear Regulators in Portable Applications
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    38kB
    Tutorial 1083 
    Life with Batteries—Do Not Ignore an IC's Typical Specs

    APP NOTES FOR: Desktop PC/Server

    View   In New Window PDF
    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
    View   In New Window PDF
    148.7kB
    Tutorial 1832 
    Power Supply Engineer's Guide to Calculate Dissipation for MOSFETs in High-Power Supplies
    View   In New Window PDF
    221kB
    Tutorial 986 
    Input and Output Noise in Buck Converters Explained
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    117kB
    Tutorial 735 
    Layout Considerations for Non-Isolated DC-DC Converters

    APP NOTES FOR: Digital Camera

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    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
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    31kB
    Tutorial 1930 
    Technology Changes: From a Portable Power Point of View
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    104kB
    Tutorial 751 
    Linear Regulators in Portable Applications
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    38kB
    Tutorial 1083 
    Life with Batteries—Do Not Ignore an IC's Typical Specs
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    70kB
    Tutorial 1051 
    SEPIC Equations and Component Ratings

    APP NOTES FOR: FPGA

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    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
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    238.4kB
    Tutorial 5133 
    Power-Supply Solutions for Altera FPGAs
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    701.8kB
    Tutorial 5132 
    Power-Supply Solutions for Xilinx FPGAs

    APP NOTES FOR: Fiber Module

    View   In New Window PDF
    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
    View   In New Window PDF
    153kB
    Tutorial 4332 
    How to Design an Efficient DC-DC Converter Using the DS1875 PWM Controller
    View   In New Window PDF
    50kB
    Tutorial 4221 
    How to Optimize Avalanche Photodiode (APD) Bias Range Using a DS1841 Logarithmic Resistor
    View   In New Window PDF
    201kB
    Tutorial 1109 
    Small, High-Voltage Boost Converters

    APP NOTES FOR: LCD/Flat Panel/Backlight/Display

    View   In New Window PDF
    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
    View   In New Window PDF
    108.6kB
    Tutorial 5047 
    Projected-Capacitive Touch Systems from the Controller Point of View
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    31kB
    Tutorial 1930 
    Technology Changes: From a Portable Power Point of View
    View   In New Window PDF
    144kB
    Tutorial 817 
    Using Thermistors in Temperature Tracking Power Supplies

    APP NOTES FOR: Network/Telecom/WLAN

    View   In New Window PDF
    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
    View   In New Window PDF
    246.3kB
    Tutorial 3740 
    How to Generate Auxiliary Supplies from a Positive Buck DC-DC Converter
    View   In New Window PDF
    148.7kB
    Tutorial 1832 
    Power Supply Engineer's Guide to Calculate Dissipation for MOSFETs in High-Power Supplies
    View   In New Window PDF
    124kB
    Tutorial 883 
    Improved Power-Supply Rejection for Linear Regulators
    View   In New Window PDF
    221kB
    Tutorial 986 
    Input and Output Noise in Buck Converters Explained
    View   In New Window PDF
    117kB
    Tutorial 735 
    Layout Considerations for Non-Isolated DC-DC Converters
    View   In New Window PDF
    138kB
    Tutorial 848 
    Snubber Circuits Suppress Voltage Transient Spikes in Multiple Output DC-DC Flyback Converter Power Supplies

    APP NOTES FOR: Notebook Computer

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    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
    View   In New Window PDF
    238.4kB
    Tutorial 5133 
    Power-Supply Solutions for Altera FPGAs
    View   In New Window PDF
    148.7kB
    Tutorial 1832 
    Power Supply Engineer's Guide to Calculate Dissipation for MOSFETs in High-Power Supplies
    View   In New Window PDF
    124kB
    Tutorial 883 
    Improved Power-Supply Rejection for Linear Regulators
    View   In New Window PDF
    104kB
    Tutorial 751 
    Linear Regulators in Portable Applications
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    126kB
    Tutorial 680 
    How to Design Battery Charger Applications that Require External Microcontrollers and Related System-Level Issues
    View   In New Window PDF
    38kB
    Tutorial 1083 
    Life with Batteries—Do Not Ignore an IC's Typical Specs
    View   In New Window PDF
    70kB
    Tutorial 1051 
    SEPIC Equations and Component Ratings
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    117kB
    Tutorial 735 
    Layout Considerations for Non-Isolated DC-DC Converters

    APP NOTES FOR: Other

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    200.3kB
    Tutorial 5389 
    Layout Considerations for High-Power Circuits
    View   In New Window PDF
    86kB
    Tutorial 1897 
    Building a DC-DC Power Supply that Works
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    38kB
    Tutorial 737 
    Choosing the Right Power-Supply IC for your Application
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    55kB
    Tutorial 718 
    Properties of the Charge-Pump Voltage Splitter
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    69kB
    Tutorial 2997 
    Basic Switching-Regulator-Layout Techniques
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    31kB
    Tutorial 1930 
    Technology Changes: From a Portable Power Point of View
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    120kB
    Tutorial 716 
    Proper Layout and Component Selection Controls EMI
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    58kB
    Tutorial 1133 
    Multiple Voltage Systems Need Supply-Voltage Sequencing
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    286.8kB
    Tutorial 2031 
    DC-DC Converter Tutorial

    APP NOTES FOR: PDA/Hand Terminal

    View   In New Window PDF
    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
    View   In New Window PDF
    701.8kB
    Tutorial 5132 
    Power-Supply Solutions for Xilinx FPGAs
    View   In New Window PDF
    31kB
    Tutorial 1930 
    Technology Changes: From a Portable Power Point of View
    View   In New Window PDF
    124kB
    Tutorial 883 
    Improved Power-Supply Rejection for Linear Regulators
    View   In New Window PDF
    104kB
    Tutorial 751 
    Linear Regulators in Portable Applications
    View   In New Window PDF
    126kB
    Tutorial 680 
    How to Design Battery Charger Applications that Require External Microcontrollers and Related System-Level Issues
    View   In New Window PDF
    38kB
    Tutorial 1083 
    Life with Batteries—Do Not Ignore an IC's Typical Specs
    View   In New Window PDF
    70kB
    Tutorial 1051 
    SEPIC Equations and Component Ratings
    View   In New Window PDF
    45kB
    Tutorial 967 
    How to Minimize Power Dissipation in Li+ Linear Chargers
    View   In New Window PDF
    144kB
    Tutorial 817 
    Using Thermistors in Temperature Tracking Power Supplies

    APP NOTES FOR: Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)

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    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology

    APP NOTES FOR: Printer/Fax

    View   In New Window PDF
    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
    View   In New Window PDF
    148.7kB
    Tutorial 1832 
    Power Supply Engineer's Guide to Calculate Dissipation for MOSFETs in High-Power Supplies
    View   In New Window PDF
    117kB
    Tutorial 735 
    Layout Considerations for Non-Isolated DC-DC Converters
    View   In New Window PDF
    138kB
    Tutorial 848 
    Snubber Circuits Suppress Voltage Transient Spikes in Multiple Output DC-DC Flyback Converter Power Supplies

    APP NOTES FOR: RAID

    View   In New Window PDF
    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
    View   In New Window PDF
    148.7kB
    Tutorial 1832 
    Power Supply Engineer's Guide to Calculate Dissipation for MOSFETs in High-Power Supplies
    View   In New Window PDF
    221kB
    Tutorial 986 
    Input and Output Noise in Buck Converters Explained
    View   In New Window PDF
    117kB
    Tutorial 735 
    Layout Considerations for Non-Isolated DC-DC Converters
    View   In New Window PDF
    138kB
    Tutorial 848 
    Snubber Circuits Suppress Voltage Transient Spikes in Multiple Output DC-DC Flyback Converter Power Supplies

    TOPOLOGY: Boost/Step-Up

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    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
    View   In New Window PDF
    153kB
    Tutorial 4332 
    How to Design an Efficient DC-DC Converter Using the DS1875 PWM Controller
    View   In New Window PDF
    102.3kB
    Tutorial 4687 
    LEDs Allow New Remote-Controlled Lighting Applications
    View   In New Window PDF
    86kB
    Tutorial 1897 
    Building a DC-DC Power Supply that Works
    View   In New Window PDF
    38kB
    Tutorial 737 
    Choosing the Right Power-Supply IC for your Application
    View   In New Window PDF
    72kB
    Tutorial 752 
    Creating a Fast Load Transient
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    69kB
    Tutorial 2997 
    Basic Switching-Regulator-Layout Techniques
    View   In New Window PDF
    120kB
    Tutorial 716 
    Proper Layout and Component Selection Controls EMI
    View   In New Window PDF
    201kB
    Tutorial 1109 
    Small, High-Voltage Boost Converters
    View   In New Window PDF
    117kB
    Tutorial 735 
    Layout Considerations for Non-Isolated DC-DC Converters
    View   In New Window PDF
    144kB
    Tutorial 817 
    Using Thermistors in Temperature Tracking Power Supplies
    View   In New Window PDF
    286.8kB
    Tutorial 2031 
    DC-DC Converter Tutorial

    TOPOLOGY: Buck-Boost/Step Up-Down

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    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
    View   In New Window PDF
    792kB
    Tutorial 5775 
    How to Use the MAX17501 and MAX17502 for Negative Output Voltage Applications
    View   In New Window PDF
    102.3kB
    Tutorial 4687 
    LEDs Allow New Remote-Controlled Lighting Applications
    View   In New Window PDF
    86kB
    Tutorial 1897 
    Building a DC-DC Power Supply that Works
    View   In New Window PDF
    38kB
    Tutorial 737 
    Choosing the Right Power-Supply IC for your Application
    View   In New Window PDF
    72kB
    Tutorial 752 
    Creating a Fast Load Transient
    View   In New Window PDF
    120kB
    Tutorial 716 
    Proper Layout and Component Selection Controls EMI
    View   In New Window PDF
    70kB
    Tutorial 1051 
    SEPIC Equations and Component Ratings

    TOPOLOGY: Buck/Step-Down

    View   In New Window PDF
    888.6kB
    Tutorial 5997 
    The Benefits of the Coupled Inductor Technology
    View   In New Window PDF
    238.4kB
    Tutorial 5133 
    Power-Supply Solutions for Altera FPGAs
    View   In New Window PDF
    701.8kB
    Tutorial 5132 
    Power-Supply Solutions for Xilinx FPGAs
    View   In New Window PDF
    102.3kB
    Tutorial 4687 
    LEDs Allow New Remote-Controlled Lighting Applications
    View   In New Window PDF
    100.7kB
    Tutorial 4670 
    LEDs for General Lighting: What They Offer and Their Design in Retrofit Lamps
    View   In New Window PDF
    86kB
    Tutorial 1897 
    Building a DC-DC Power Supply that Works
    View   In New Window PDF
    38kB
    Tutorial 737 
    Choosing the Right Power-Supply IC for your Application
    View   In New Window PDF
    72kB
    Tutorial 752 
    Creating a Fast Load Transient
    View   In New Window PDF
    246.3kB
    Tutorial 3740 
    How to Generate Auxiliary Supplies from a Positive Buck DC-DC Converter
    View   In New Window PDF
    69kB
    Tutorial 2997 
    Basic Switching-Regulator-Layout Techniques
    View   In New Window PDF
    148.7kB
    Tutorial 1832 
    Power Supply Engineer's Guide to Calculate Dissipation for MOSFETs in High-Power Supplies
    View   In New Window PDF
    120kB
    Tutorial 716 
    Proper Layout and Component Selection Controls EMI
    View   In New Window PDF
    221kB
    Tutorial 986 
    Input and Output Noise in Buck Converters Explained
    View   In New Window PDF
    45kB
    Tutorial 967 
    How to Minimize Power Dissipation in Li+ Linear Chargers
    View   In New Window PDF
    117kB
    Tutorial 735 
    Layout Considerations for Non-Isolated DC-DC Converters
    View   In New Window PDF
    286.8kB
    Tutorial 2031 
    DC-DC Converter Tutorial

    TOPOLOGY: Charge Pump

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    38kB
    Tutorial 737 
    Choosing the Right Power-Supply IC for your Application
    View   In New Window PDF
    55kB
    Tutorial 718 
    Properties of the Charge-Pump Voltage Splitter
    View   In New Window PDF
    72kB
    Tutorial 752 
    Creating a Fast Load Transient
    View   In New Window PDF
    246.3kB
    Tutorial 3740 
    How to Generate Auxiliary Supplies from a Positive Buck DC-DC Converter

    TOPOLOGY: Flyback/Isolated/Transformer

    View   In New Window PDF
    100.7kB
    Tutorial 4670 
    LEDs for General Lighting: What They Offer and Their Design in Retrofit Lamps
    View   In New Window PDF
    86kB
    Tutorial 1897 
    Building a DC-DC Power Supply that Works
    View   In New Window PDF
    38kB
    Tutorial 737 
    Choosing the Right Power-Supply IC for your Application
    View   In New Window PDF
    72kB
    Tutorial 752 
    Creating a Fast Load Transient
    View   In New Window PDF
    246.3kB
    Tutorial 3740 
    How to Generate Auxiliary Supplies from a Positive Buck DC-DC Converter
    View   In New Window PDF
    120kB
    Tutorial 716 
    Proper Layout and Component Selection Controls EMI
    View   In New Window PDF
    45kB
    Tutorial 967 
    How to Minimize Power Dissipation in Li+ Linear Chargers
    View   In New Window PDF
    286.8kB
    Tutorial 2031 
    DC-DC Converter Tutorial
    View   In New Window PDF
    138kB
    Tutorial 848 
    Snubber Circuits Suppress Voltage Transient Spikes in Multiple Output DC-DC Flyback Converter Power Supplies

    TOPOLOGY: Inverter/Negative Output

    View   In New Window PDF
    792kB
    Tutorial 5775 
    How to Use the MAX17501 and MAX17502 for Negative Output Voltage Applications
    View   In New Window PDF
    86kB
    Tutorial 1897 
    Building a DC-DC Power Supply that Works
    View   In New Window PDF
    38kB
    Tutorial 737 
    Choosing the Right Power-Supply IC for your Application
    View   In New Window PDF
    120kB
    Tutorial 716 
    Proper Layout and Component Selection Controls EMI
    View   In New Window PDF
    286.8kB
    Tutorial 2031 
    DC-DC Converter Tutorial

    TOPOLOGY: Linear Regulator/LDO

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    72kB
    Tutorial 4689 
    Blood Pressure Monitor Design Considerations
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    38kB
    Tutorial 737 
    Choosing the Right Power-Supply IC for your Application
    View   In New Window PDF
    72kB
    Tutorial 752 
    Creating a Fast Load Transient
    View   In New Window PDF
    124kB
    Tutorial 883 
    Improved Power-Supply Rejection for Linear Regulators
    View   In New Window PDF
    104kB
    Tutorial 751 
    Linear Regulators in Portable Applications

    TOPOLOGY: MOSFET Driver

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    148.7kB
    Tutorial 1832 
    Power Supply Engineer's Guide to Calculate Dissipation for MOSFETs in High-Power Supplies

    TOPOLOGY: USB/Hot-Swap/Load Switching

    View   In New Window PDF
    150kB
    Tutorial 4705 
    The Art of Hot-Swapping in Telecom Systems: Avoid a Patchwork and Implement a More Effective Solution

    TOPOLOGY: White-LED Power

    View   In New Window PDF
    102.3kB
    Tutorial 4687 
    LEDs Allow New Remote-Controlled Lighting Applications
    View   In New Window PDF
    100.7kB
    Tutorial 4670 
    LEDs for General Lighting: What They Offer and Their Design in Retrofit Lamps