Andy Brown wrote an article on reverse engineering a CPU voltage regulator: A recent ebay fishing expedition yielded an interesting little part for the very reasonable sum of about five pounds. It’s a voltage regulator module from a Dell PowerEdge 6650 Xeon server. I originally bought this because I had the idea of salvaging parts […]
Mike over at Electronics-Lab shared his simple light dimmer project: This is a simple TRIAC AC load dimmer used to control the power of a resistive load such as incandescent lamp or heater element. The max load it can handle is 400VA. Such a circuit is often found on cheap commercial light dimmers and is proven to […]
Some tips and tricks on how to reduce noise on PCB power and ground traces. It warns digital engineers that the analog nasties are lurking in power supplies, and can cause unexpected surprises for inexperienced PCB designers. Many times electronic system failures are blamed on the parts when the real cause was human error. […]
McZ writes in with an impressive step-down regulator: The TPS56221 is a high-efficiency synchronous switcher with integrated FETs, which achieves a power density of greater than 200W/in3 with greater than 90 percent efficiency at high loads. The easy-to-use SWIFT step-down regulator supports 25-A point-of-load designs for telecommunications, networking and other applications.