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Protect your boost converter

This Design Idea addresses boost converters’ inherent short-circuit vulnerability while also providing reverse-polarity protection. Read More...

Body diodes simplify UPS & energy recovery circuits

This circuit sketch shows how to turn body-diode lemons into lemonade. Read More...

Capacitor self-diagnostics

Electrolytic capacitors are often a system’s weak link. This Design Idea helps you keep tabs on their condition. Read More...

LTC Design Note: Uncompromised clocking solution for 16bit 2.5Gsps DAC

System performance & phase noise depend on clock as much as DAC quality. Read More...

LED strings driven by current source/mirror

This unusual dual-output current source can, for example, drive LED strings at any desired current ratio. Read More...

AM detector more sensitive than simple diode

A traditional diode RF detector has its limitations. This DI describes a simple way to overcome them. Read More...

LTC Design Note: Electrolytic capacitor-based data backup power solution for a 12V system with 5V to 36V input

This module provides hold-up power in e.g., embedded systems, and can also be combined with a buck-boost module for a robust power system suitable Read More...

RC oscillator generates linear triangle wave

This DI describes a novel way to generate a triangle wave. Read More...

LTC Design Note: 60V Buck-Boost LED driver has up to 98% efficiency, PWM dimming, spread spectrum

LED driver design is highly efficient, flicker-free, minimizes EMI, and plays well in the automotive environment. Read More...

Charge-pump topology doubles voltage, breaks DC path

This unusual charge-pump voltage multiplier Design Idea not only doubles the input, but has a pseudo-floating output. Read More...

LTC Design Note: Ultrathin dual 2.5A or single 5A μModule regulator fits on the backside of PCBs, allowing space on the topside for digital ICs

This versatile DC-DC excels where height is limited and multiple ganging options are advantageous. Read More...

Circuit delivers constant power to a load

Here’s a novel way to supply constant power to an ill-defined load. Read More...

Iterated-map circuit creates chaos

The chaotic circuit in this Design Idea can generate random numbers, demonstrate chaotic behaviour, and impress friends and colleagues. Read More...

LTC Design Note: Dual 9A, step-down μModule regulator with digital power system management

This power micro-module includes voltage control and telemetry readback (including temperature, Vin/out, & Iin/out) via PMBus. Read More...

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