Learn how to power your creations!
Most electronic components require a specific voltage like 5V or 3.3V DC, but most batteries don’t provide that exact and constant voltage, and 120V 60Hz AC is nowhere close! This workshop will teach you the basics of power electronics and real-world power supply design, including AC-DC conversion, linear voltage regulators (LDOs) and basic switch-mode DC-DC voltage regulators. You will be able to build and test circuits from each of those three categories.
The focus is on practical design: we will teach you how to build power supplies for your electronics using off-the-shelf ICs, not the complex theory and mathematics behind them (save that for ELEC 433!). The second focus is on opening a door to advanced designs: if you need more complex designs, we want you to know what concepts and circuits you can research on your own. We will also briefly touch on the topic of designing more complex, medium-power supplies like computer power supplies.
Prerequisites & What to Bring
Basic knowledge of electrical circuits and fundamental principles is preferred (at the minimum: voltage, current, DC power, and Ohm’s law). Basic knowledge of electronics (specifically, diodes and non-linear transistors) may be useful, but is not required, as explanations will be given when necessary.
All hardware, components and tools will be provided. All materials must be returned at the end of the workshop.
- Presentation Slideshow and Notes (Fall 2015) (PPTX)
- Handout – Notes, Tips & Circuits to Build (Fall 2015) (DOCX)
For any questions regarding the event, please contact our Director of Academics or visit us during our open lab/office hours. If you have questions about power supply design in general, or want some advice for a project you are working on, feel free to contact us.