App note: MC13783 buck and boost inductor sizing

NXP’s app note on calculating inductor sizes using MC13783 PWM controller as example. Link here (PDF) The purpose of this application note is to provide a method of choosing the size of the inductors for the optimized switching regulators versus the current consumption of the application. This will allow to optimize the size and the […]

App note: How to use power inductors

A great guide from TDK about power inductors used in DC-DC converters. Link here As electronic devices become more advanced, the power supply voltage of LSIs used in them is lowered, so their power consumption can be reduced and their speed increased. However, a decrease in the power supply voltage also causes the requirements regarding […]

Low power magnetic hold and release mechanism

This video by Shane Ormonde discusses the low power magnetic hold and release mechanism: With the inductor and magnet combined, ferrous metal objects can be held without any power indefinitely. To release the metal object the magnetic field holding it up needs to be temporarily cancelled out. This happens by pulsing current through the inductor which generates […]

Inductor saturation tester

In relation to the previously posted Power inductor checker,  Lindsay refers us to Alan Yates’ article on inductor saturation tester: As a result of recent work on switchmode power converters I needed the ability to measure the saturation properties of inductors. This simple instrument was built to allow visualisation of the current ramp as an inductor charges from […]

Eight Henry inductors from an old “tube” radio receiver

Kenneth takes apart a few old “tube” radio receivers and finds 8 Henry inductors inside, which is several orders of magnitude more then regular inductors we’re accustom to. He proceeds to hook it up to a 10 uF capacitor, and tests the ringing frequency of this LC circuit. This LC pair resonates at 12Hz, which […]

Emicon-Fun inductor/capacitor lessons

Riktw writes to inform us of a tutorial site covering the theory behind capacitors, and inductors, as well as noise suppression filters. The site is actually a blog, with new posts being posted every month or so. When looking for a small switching power supply module at the website of Murata I found this Emicon-Fun!  […]