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App note: iCoupler® Isolation in CAN bus applications

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Application note from Analog Devices on CAN bus system isolation. Link here (PDF)

The intention of this application note is to give the user a brief overview of the CAN bus protocol, focusing on the system physical layer, as well as an understanding of why isolation is so important to the system. This application note also details how to implement isolation in a CAN bus system using Analog Devices’ iCoupler products.

App note: Safety considerations and layout recommendations for digital isolators

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Application note from Silicon Labs about end user safety against high voltage shock that are designed together with digital isolators. Link here (PDF)

This application note details the creepage and clearance requirements of an isolator type component, such as a digital isolator, used to provide protection from electric shock. It also details layout recommendations to enhance a design’s robustness and ensure compliance with end safety standards.

App note: Understanding undervoltage lockout in display power devices

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Texas Instrument’s application note about how undervoltage lockout (UVLO) protect devices from undefined behavior. Link here (PDF)

Many integrated circuits include an undervoltage lockout (UVLO) function to disable the device at low supply voltages. Below the minimum supply voltage the function and performance of a device may be undefined, making it impossible to predict system behavior. This application note explains how to correctly understand the undervoltage lockout specification in the data sheets of TI’s Display Power products.

App note: Driving of OLEDs

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Application note from OSRAM on driving OLEDs with constant current for longer operation. Link here

The operation of OLEDs with electronic drivers is similar to anorganic LEDs for the most part. In a majority of applications, standard LED drivers may be used also for OLEDs. Nevertheless, there are some important basic rules and OLED specific characteristics, that have to be considered.

App note: Current sensing power MOSFETs

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SENSEFET App note from ON Semiconductors incorporate a current sense inside a power MOSFET, these devices are straight forward calculating for sense resistance and voltage but have trade-offs for smaller current sensing. Link here (PDF)

Current sensing power MOSFETs provide a highly effective way of measuring load current in power conditioning circuits. Conceptually simple in nature, these devices split load current into power and sense components, and thereby allow signal level resistors to be used for sampling. Since this technique results in higher efficiency and lower costs than competing alternatives, understanding how to use SENSEFET product is an important design issue.

Getting accustomed to these devices is relatively, but not completely, straightforward. They are conceptually simple, but have their own unique set of characteristics and subtle properties. The following discussion examines both, and starts with a description of how SENSEFET devices work.

App note: Load switches: What are they, why do you need them and how do you choose the right one?

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Application report from Texas Instruments on load switches to simplify power supply design. Link here (PDF)

Integrated load switches are electronic relays that can be used to turn on and turn off power supply rails in systems. Load switches offer many other benefits to the system and can include protection features that are often difficult to implement with discrete components. There are many different applications where load switches can be used including, but not limited to:

-Power Distribution
-Power Sequencing and Power State Transition
-Reduced Leakage Current in Standby Mode
-Inrush Current Control
-Controlled Power down

This application note will provide the fundamental basics of what load switches are, when they should be used, and how they can be implemented in a system.