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My Journey: Rapid Prototyping of a Cell-Based, High Performance, High Power DC-DC Converter (part 2)

My Journey: Rapid Prototyping of a Cell-Based, High Performance, High Power DC-DC Converter (part 2)

In which I scavenge for parts and produce the demo on time. In the first part of this story I related how it seemed a good idea to create a power array demonstrator combining two “rafts” of different VI Chip parts together for a major project. One raft would be composed of PRM (pre-regulator modules), the other BCMs (Bus Converter Modules). Having settled on the design concept, I had to address connectivity of the PRM modules. The PR bus is a high-impedance line that delivers 10s of microamps to each slave PRM. I decided...

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My Journey: Rapid Prototyping of a Cell-Based, High Performance, High Power DC-DC Converter (part 1)

My Journey: Rapid Prototyping of a Cell-Based, High Performance, High Power DC-DC Converter (part 1)

Have you ever wondered what an applications engineering job entails? This post is about a recent project I undertook; a journey through prototyping a cell-based demo kit for a high performance DC-DC converter, taking me from desk to demo lab in five working days. One Monday morning, I settled down at my desk to read a trip report a colleague had sent me. There were two pages of facts gleaned during a four-hour meeting with a client, addressing technical requirements for a well-funded, long-term project. Whilst I could have simply suggested some components that...

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