The basic layout of a DC/DC converter may seem quite simple, but in reality, many manufacturers spend 80% of their development time on design optimization and reliability.
When it comes to designing your own, there are a plethora of design tools available to assist, such as reference design, schematics, a PCB layout, application notes and a bill of materials (BOM).
Though it may seem appealing, a design-it-yourself DC/DC converter works better on paper than in the real world. Switching transistors, charging capacitors, transformers and inductors -- for starters – need to be carefully positioned with regard to one another.
If it’s much easier to buy a proven, reliable module, then why choose modules at all?
Some motivators for the construct-it-yourself method include easy configuration and benefits with regard to time-to-market, size constraints (modular converters may only need half the space taken up by a discrete assembly), reliability and not having to depend on less-than-certain in-house design capabilities.
Modular systems can be designed in a simpler fashion because each module is supplied with a single voltage and the rest is handled "on board" by DC/DC converters.
The process also saves time and frees up human technical resources.
The popularity of the modular approach is growing, especially given advances in key design factors such as isolation, temperature and efficiency.
Let’s turn to a company named RECOM, whose overall vision is to substitute any discrete power supply on PCBs up to 60 Watts with RECOM Modules. The company Is known for simplifying and accelerating the development process of power supplies for new products while simultaneously supporting a working environment which enables individual fulfillment.
To ensure that its product meets the most stringent international standards, RECOM has its own laboratories where they not only conduct testing but also provide ongoing education. This is coupled with the company's rigorous engineering and research and development department that is continually churning out innovative concepts.
As one of the pioneers in this market, RECOM offers customers an incredibly large selection of converters, including DC/DC and AC/DC converters in all output powers up to 150 watts plus a broad range of switching regulators and LED drivers. The selection of size or function is extremely wide, so the company is equipped at assisting you in this process.
RECOM has now introduced an online interactive tool that will help you select the best parts for your designs.
Engage with the tool, below, and check it out for yourself.