White Paper: Electronics & Computers

PCB Design and Assembly for Power Supplies

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Power supplies come in large varieties, can have different topologies, and feature numerous safeguards. Designs of printed circuit boards (PCBs) for power supplies can, therefore, have infinite possibilities. Despite the huge variations involved, designers need to follow certain rules when designing PCBs for power supplies.

In general, a power supply draws in power, processes it, and provides a specified output that feeds a certain circuit connected to the power supply as load. The most common types of power sources are AC or Alternating Current and DC or Direct Current. The function of the power supply is to take in power at a certain voltage and current, and output nearly the same power but at a different voltage and current level. Apart from generators, a broad classification of power supplies divides them into inverter and converter types.

Although designing PCBs and assembling them for power supplies can be a difficult task, this whitepaper is here to help! In this whitepaper, learn about design considerations when working with power supplies from PCB experts, Advanced Assembly. Power supply topics explored include inverter versus converter supplies, current loops, grounding, EMI filters, and assembly considerations to keep in mind.

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