App note: Performance restrictions associated with 3.5 watts SO-8 power MOSFETs

Old app note from Fairchild Semiconductors on SO-8 power MOSFETs’ power handling. Link here In applications requiring high current and small footprint electronic switches, a Power MOSFET packaged in an SO-8 is usually the best choice. This is because the combination offers low on-resistance and reasonable power handling. A second benefit is the numerous suppliers […]

Simple constant current driver for a high power LED

Elmars Ositis has been working on a simple constant current driver: In my previous post, I slapped together a quick LED lighting solution for my workbench… but it is truly a hack. What I really want to do is make a simple constant current driver, so the power LEDs can be used in other projects. One […]

DIY 60W adjustable electrical load

A DIY 60W adjustable electrical load project from Electro-Labs: In this project, we are building a useful board which should take place on your bench. It is an adjustable electrical load which can sink up to 5A @ 60W continuously. This board will come to aid when you need to draw an exact amount of current […]

App note: How P-Channel MOSFETs Can Simplify Your Circuit

An app note from International Rectifier on using P-Channel MOSFETs P-Channel HEXFET Power MOSFETs offer the designer a new option that can simplify circuitry while optimizing performance and parts count. In principle, nothing can be done with a P-Channel MOSFET that cannot be done with an N-Channel plus some extra gate drive circuitry. The main […]

App note: Avoiding MOSFET driver overstress

An application note from Microchip:  Avoiding MOSFET driver overstress (PDF!) This application note describes how to avoid MOSFET driver overstress. MOSFET drivers are used in many applications to drive the high input capacitance of a power MOSFET device. MOSFET drivers are very reliable when used within their operating specifications. Care must be taken, however, to […]