The element14 roadtests are a great way to learn new things. Whenever I see a test that interests me, I enroll.

Success is not guaranteed. I've been selected for some, not for others. In this series I'll explain how I decide to enroll or not.

I'll also show how I build my case, including some examples from my applications.

 

This is the technical part of my application for the TI-PMLK Buck Experiment Board: TPS54160 & LM3475

All technical content is here. I haven't removed the part where I'm doing blatant self promotion, because I know no shame.

I was selected for this one.

 

Application: TI-PMLK Buck Experiment Board: TPS54160 & LM3475

 

This Road Test is a very nice fit with the blog series I have here on element14 related to switched mode DC conversion.

I am verifying different converter topologies and technologies and document my findings here on the community.

Although my blogs usually aren't product reviews (they are explanations and experiments) I have the skill, tools and will to verify the educational value of the offer.

 

 

 

My plan is to validate how the educational documentation helps the (to-be) engineer to understand modern switch-mode converters. I would also explain how to validate the characteristics of the design, showing how a typical test setup can detect those characteristics.

I would not investigate the performance of the converter chips themselves. That's something I would do in a road test for that particular IC. The nature of this test looks-and-feels to be focused on showing the kit's educational value.

Here is a selection of switch mode converter blogs that I have posted here on element14:

 

 

GaN Point of Load converter 48V to 1V 50A - part 1: Design Overview
Checking Out GaN Half-Bridge Power Stage: Texas Instruments LMG5200 - Part 1: Preview
Checking Out GaN Half-Bridge Power Stage: Texas Instruments LMG5200 - Part 2: Dead Time Capture
GaN Half-Bridge Power Stage: TI LMG5200 - Part 3: Control Deadband with Hercules LaunchPad
On the TI E2E community: driving GaN with a simple PWM signal
XuLA2 FPGA - PWM with Dead Band in VHDL
The GaN BoosterPack Series: LMG5200 Evaluation Pack and Smart Instrument
Hercules LaunchPad and GaN FETs - Part 1: Control Big Power with a Flimsy Mouse Scroll Wheel
Hercules LaunchPad and GaN FETs - Part 2: Make a BoosterPack
Hercules LaunchPad and GaN FETs - Part 3a: BoosterPack Layout - Reference Design
Hercules LaunchPad and GaN FETs - Part 3b: BoosterPack Layout - my version
Hercules LaunchPad and GaN FETs - Side Note A: BoosterPack Layout - Custom KiCad Parts
Hercules LaunchPad and GaN FETs - Side Note B: Look at the PCB
Low Voltage Step-Down Converter TPS54A20 - First Check
Low Voltage Step-Down Converter TPS54A20 - Series Capacitor

 

 

 

I am also designing an electronic load here on the community, together with fellow member Peter Oakes (we're working on this since last December. Every documentation and all our conversations are public here on the site).

Programmable Electronic Load

This design - using a microcontroller and several ICs from the same supplier - is a natural match for validating the kit.

 

The photo's in the application are taken from the blogs on this community.

 

 

single base scope scan

 

Thanks for considering my application.

Jan.

 

 

 

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How I Enroll for a RoadTest - Part 3: Help Me
How I Enroll for a RoadTest - Part 4: Case for Programmable Electronic Load
How I Enroll for a RoadTest - Part 5: Case for Educational Switch Mode Converter Lab

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