Ideas, Tips & Solutions for Design Engineers

In This Issue: Tips for High Power PFC Control and Solutions for Minimizing Power Loss

Motor Control

Integrated Power Modules Bring Multiple Advantages

Reducing the number of components in a design by replacing a discrete implementation with an integrated module usually goes hand-in-hand with several highly attractive design attributes. While the out-of-pocket cost of a module may exceed the total cost of a comparable discrete approach, designers typically come away with a simpler design in a highly scalable architecture, improved thermal performance, increased reliability and faster time-to-market. Moreover, the use of modules also promises to simplify the procurement process by allowing designers to source from fewer vendors. In many cases these multiple benefits translate into a lower total system cost.
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Factors to Consider Before Starting an LED Lighting Design

In most power supply designs engineers face a few relatively universal challenges. Typically they must carefully manage thermal conditions, ensure their power supply runs within its operating range, and minimize volume, space and cost requirements while maximizing electrical efficiency.
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Next Gen Battery Chargers Demand High Performance Front-end Controllers

Thinking of designing battery chargers for next-generation smart phones, feature phones or tablets? Keep an eye out for front end PWM controllers that offer extremely low standby power consumption, particularly if you want to meet Energy Star's 5-star level (<30 mW). And if you are planning to support the latest higher performance charging specifications like Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0, make sure the device can switch between 5V, 9V and 12V operation. Finally to keep device footprint small and cost low, look for a controller that eliminates as many external components as possible.
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Design Higher Efficiency, Lower Cost Datacenter Solutions

How do power supply designers for datacenter applications meet increasingly stringent efficiency standards while driving down cost of ownership? One way is to carefully consider the capabilities of today's synchronous buck regulators.
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Design Info

User Guide for 8.4W LED Driver Evaluation Board

This user guide describes a solution for a universal AC input voltage 8.4W LED driver using the FL7733A Primary-Side Regulator (PSR) single-stage controller. This 8.4W LED driver is a PSR, active power factor correction (PFC) controller configured in a single-stage flyback topology.

User Guide for 50W LED Driver Evaluation Board

This user guide describes a solution for a universal AC input voltage 50W LED driver using the FL7733A Primary-Side Regulator (PSR) single-stage controller. This 50W LED driver is a PSR, active power factor correction (PFC) controller with a buck-boost topology.

SPM® 2 1200V Smart Power Module

App note AN-9075 describes the features and operation of the SPM® 2 1200V Smart Power Module.

New SPM® 2 Package Mounting Guidance

App note AN-9076 teaches readers how to mount a SPM® 2 package.

SPM® 2 Series Thermal Performance by Mounting Torque

App note AN-9079 examines the correlation between mounting torque and thermal resistance on the SPM® 2 series modules.

Design Tools

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Synchronous Buck Regulator

TinyBuck® Synchronous Buck Regulator Web-based simulation tool (TinyBuck FAN23xx devices)

LED Lighting — Non-Isolated PFC Buck

Online system design and simulation tool for continuous conduction mode (CCM) non-isolated active PFC Buck LED lighting driver IC.

LED Lighting — Isolated PFC Flyback

Online system design and simulation tool for isolated single-stage discontinuous mode (DCM) flyback LED lighting driver IC.

LED Lighting — Non-isolated PFC BuckBoost

Online system design and simulation tool for non-isolated single-stage discontinuous mode (DCM) BuckBoost LED driver with Fairchild’s latest active PFC Flyback ICs.

Motion Control

This design tool efficiently calculates power losses and temperature rise in Fairchild motion SPM® modules. It addresses three-phase inverter sinusoidal modulation for variable speed drive applications powering permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM) and AC induction motors.



Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition
March 15-19, 2015
Charlotte Convention Center
Charlotte, North Carolina
Fairchild's Booth: #905
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Join Fairchild at the upcoming APEC 2015 Conference on March 15-19 and experience amazing energy innovations for industrial motor control, LED lighting, automotive and consumer design applications. This is your chance to discuss design challenges, technologies and possibilities with our power management experts—for power generation, distribution, conversion, and savings. Visit us at Booth #905 for hands-on demonstrations and the opportunity to meet Fairchild technologists to discuss Fairchild's latest power solutions.

Electronica China 2015

International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications
March 17-19, 2015
Shanghai New International Expo Centre
Shanghai, China
Fairchild's Booth: #3202, Hall E3
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Fairchild's latest power management solutions and technologies that improve energy efficiency in motion control, industrial renewable energy, power supply and LED lighting applications at Electronica China 2015. Visit us at Booth 3202, Hall E3 to view the many demonstrations and design tools that can be tailored to your specific needs. Meet our power experts and share your most complex challenges to learn how Fairchild's industry-leading, innovative solutions improve system efficiency and optimize your designs.