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Using a Bench Power Supply to Power and Measure a Constant Current Load

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Using a Bench Power Supply to Power and Measure a Constant Current Load

Bill Griffith 2020.05.27

Constant current (CC) sources are all around us, a common example is an LED driver. LED lamps have several advantages, including lower heat, smaller size, and lower power consumption. The retrofit sur

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How to Test Switch Mode Power Supplies

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How to Test Switch Mode Power Supplies

Melissa Garza 2019.10.17

If you are working with switch mode power supplies, you are likely trying to improve efficiency, increase power density and reliability, comply with EMC regulations, improve power rail integrity, and

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What is a PV Simulator and What Does it Do?

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What is a PV Simulator and What Does it Do?

Matt Carolan 2019.09.19

Hello everyone, This is the first in what will be a series of blog posts on photovoltaic (PV) simulators, also known as solar array simulators (SAS).  In this introductory blog post, the topics covere

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Measuring the Current Draw of a Device with Multiple Power Buses

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Measuring the Current Draw of a Device with Multiple Power Buses

Bill Griffith 2018.09.28

When designing a device, knowing the current consumed is essential for protecting the device. As the design progresses knowing the energy consumed becomes more critical for sizing batteries and power

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Linear vs. Switching Power Supplies

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Linear vs. Switching Power Supplies

Bill Griffith 2018.09.28

Linear and switching topologies each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Some clever design work has been put into each of these topologies to mitigate their weaknesses. While additional circuitr

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Using Output Lists on a Multiple Output Power Supply

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Using Output Lists on a Multiple Output Power Supply

Bill Griffith 2018.09.27

List mode allows a power supply to act like a digital to analog converter, DAC. When using a power supply with multiple outputs the lists can be synchronized. The most common application is ramp each

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