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Seeking 2 More People: Review TI's WEBENCH Power Architect Tool and Receive Fundamentals of Power Supply Design Book FREE This is a review of the TI WEBENCH Power Architect, which is used to design power supplies for FPGAs. I've used TI's WEBENCH to design for very simple buck converter design for a college project. The power supply designer is a very handy tool that helps the user narrow down on a selection from TI's very extensive range of solutions: from different modules, integrated soluti ...
This is quick review of the WEBENCH Power Architect Tool. In this review I would like to check this tool from point of view of person which do not have big experience with FPGA. I have launched WEBENCH tool for the following IC: XC3S50A-4VQG100C   WEBENCH requires the Adobe Flash to work which is disabled in most of modern web browsers. Additionally application which uses Flash is not portable, so it is not possible to run it on mobile device like Android or iOS device. Modern and portabl ...
Aim of the blog This is quick review of the Texas Instruments WEBENCH Power Architect. I have been using it extensively since the past month at my work to design power pcb for a project. This tool has been helpful in respect that instead of looking for parts manually I was able to given in the project requirements and a solution was presented with the appropriate parts. Later one can further build the analog design on top of it. This really helps when time is short and one cannot really put in m ...
This is a brief review of WEBENCH(r) Designer applied to the design of an FPGA power supply. I'm doing it in response to this page that Randall posted:   Seeking 2 More People: Review TI's WEBENCH Power Architect Tool and Receive Fundamentals of Power Supply Design Book FREE   I'm not an 'official' reviewer, instead I've just lauched in and done a review.   I reached the design tool from this page on the Farnell website by pressing the Webench button:   XC3S50A-4VQG100C ...
About a month ago, I was made aware that Texas Instruments's WEBENCH Power Architect Design tool has been integrated into Newark's and Farnell's product pages. I experimented with it myself and I thought it was an interesting. So, I asked Texas Instruments to see if they would be interested in getting some feedback regarding the tool's use. They agreed and are offering for FREE their recent Power Supply design book (valued at $58.99) to 5 reviewers who are will to write a blog about their experi ...
Gallium-nitride (GaN) FETs are increasingly finding use as high power devices for power electronics systems. They can realize ultra-high power-density operation with low power loss due to high carrier mobility in the two dimensional electron gas (2DEG) channel. GaN FETs are a majority carrier device, therefore, the absence of reverse recovery charge creates a good match for high-voltage operation.   To learn more about how a GaN FET power stage can outperform Silicon MOSFETs, read the att ...
This is my fourth post on the TI FR2xx microcontrollers that feature FRAM memory.  The links to the previous posts are at the bottom of this post.   Introduction   I saw today where the MSP-EXP430FR2433 LaunchPad has been added to Energia, a modified version of the Wiring/Arduino IDE for select Texas Instruments microcontrollers and LaunchPads.   Energia   I have used Energia quite a bit in the past and most Arduino code and libraries will run on it, or at least port ...
Back in October, we launched a giveaway contest for the "new" Texas Instruments' Fundamentals of Power Supply Design Book. To compete in the contest, all you had to do was write a blog on the topic of TI power supply design and post it in the Texas Instruments Group.   About the Fundamentals of Power Supply Design Book This well-written, superbly illustrated, and easy-to-read reference book was written by Bob Mammano, a power supply industry expert, who is considered the father of the Pu ...
This is my third post on the TI FR2xx microcontrollers that feature FRAM memory.  The links to the previous posts are at the bottom of this post.   Introduction   The small breadboard breakout I designed for the FR2000 and FR2011 arrived in the mail today.  I was lucky and OshPark put my PCB alongside a rush order and I received it one week from submission - great!  I soldered it up and got it to blink without a problem - again, great!  In this post I will describ ...
Introduction I previously made a post on the MSP430FR2000 but decided to expand it into a more general series on the MSP430FR2xx family of microcontrollers.  I will aim this at people with microcontroller experience who may not be familiar with the MSP430 microcontrollers and FRAM (Ferromagnetic RAM).  In this post I will show how FRAM can retain the contents of a variable in memory for future use, even if power is lost.   The FR2xx series is a relatively low cost line with memo ...
Introduction This is my first look at the Texas Instruments MSP430FR2000 microcontroller.  It got my attention because of this recent post at Texas Instruments:  http:/
ewscenter.ti.com/2017-11-08-Texas-Instruments-offers-25-functions-for-25-cents-with-new-MSP430-TM-microcontrollers Twenty five functions for 25 cents sounds pretty good but be aware that if you are a hobbyist buying in small quantities you won’t be able to get these MCUs for anywhere near 25 cents.  However, ...
I have already a book of Mike Engelhardt: The LTSpice IV Simulator: Manual, Methods and Applications and I have read it from power applications perspective. But it was Linear chips approach and their chips. So now I would like to take another point of view-TI's. And i would like to simulate all the examples from the book in a free open source Falstad interactive circuit simulator and maybe even send some patches to it. Of course I would share the circuit files here on the element14. ...
Every electronics hobbyist is using a power supply of some kind. You might start with a simple battery, but sooner or later you get yourself a 'real' power supply. Probably (right behind after blinking an LED) it the most frequent DIY-project. I'm no exception for that - actually I did three of them. But they are all based on the venerable LM317, since its so easy to use. The other part one comes into contact with all the power supply issues is when you need to power your project. One might get ...
Nowadays there is a big hype about IoT devices and it’s not surprising. Many creative project and business idea is based on this new technology, the opportunity is limitless. I also had a good project idea – to design a battery operated motion sensor device. First I started to think on system level, and later on I have realized that as always, the power supply circuit is one of the most critical part of the design. A battery operated IoT device has to have low power consumption and ...
Before I write how and why I started using TI ICs for designing power supplies let's take a look at my past projects. I often design analog circuits and microcontroller based projects. Since, I need portability in most of my projects I used to use the cheap 9V batteries. Initially, they worked good in the testing phase and I didn't have any knowledge about capacity of the battery or I didn't care about the capacity. But until one day when I designed an analog line following robot with LM358 D ...