Switching regulator

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* [http://massmind.org/techref/power.htm Massmind: Power] discusses a variety of linear and switching power supply regulators
 
* [http://massmind.org/techref/power.htm Massmind: Power] discusses a variety of linear and switching power supply regulators
 
* [http://zwizwa.goto10.org/ramblings/brood/20070716-191312 "boost converter hack"] describes one way a microcontroller (uC) can control its own supply voltage, once it's given an initial push. (External diodes would be better than re-using the internal diodes, to avoid exceeding the manufacturer's recommendations).
 
* [http://zwizwa.goto10.org/ramblings/brood/20070716-191312 "boost converter hack"] describes one way a microcontroller (uC) can control its own supply voltage, once it's given an initial push. (External diodes would be better than re-using the internal diodes, to avoid exceeding the manufacturer's recommendations).
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* [http://www.psocdeveloper.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1278 "AC DC Switch Mode Supply Controller Via PSoC"] discusses programmable current source switching mode controllers.

Revision as of 21:07, 8 May 2009

A "voltage regulator" is designed to hold a constant output voltage.

A "switching voltage regulator", usually called a switching regulator, also called a DC to DC converter, accomplishes this goal by rapidly switching a transistor from full on and full off.

A "linear voltage regulator", usually called a "linear regulator", accomplishes the same goal by holding a transistor in its active region, somewhere between full on or full off.

The 723 Voltage Regulator can be used as either a linear or a switching regulator.

The Linuxstamp uses a the LTC3407-3 switching regulator.

The ARMUS Embedded Linux Board uses ...

The MCP1252/3 Flyback Switching Regulators can generate an output voltage greater than the input voltage -- something impossible with linear voltage regulators.

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