Article: “Optimize your POL Buck-Converter Integration”

August 15, 2013
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As electronic products have grown in complexity with highly evolved feature sets, system designers by necessity have developed correspondingly sophisticated schemes for load and power management.  PCB-design intricacy, energy budgets, signal integrity, and, in some cases, thermal management issues have driven up the nubmer of point-of-load (POL) buck regulators that typical systems use.

Meanwhile, smaller, more sharply focused product design teams need to simplify design tasks that center on enabling functions, including power, and attend instead to those system attributes that best differentiate their products from those of their competitors. This need to simplify the POL-converter design-in process applies across virtually all product segments. In this context, one’s value assessment of POL integration options may differ from what it was, say, a decade ago.

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