LONDON – Texas Instruments Inc. has announced the introduction of its PowerLab library, a collection of power management reference designs.
The reference designs include technical documentation: circuit schematic, printed circuit board layout, lists of components and materials, gerber files and other design support tools.
The library includes more than 300 power management reference designs for a variety of both isolated and non-isolated power conversion topologies for lighting, telecommunication, computing and consumer electronics.
TI has provided an interactive search tool on its website and said it would add designs to the PowerLab database each month.
Hats off to TI for driving this initiative. There is so much confusion in the power management market with low budget providers who have entered this arena, and then can not support the customer with robust design solutions, applications people, software drivers, and validation of user cases to ensure integrity of user operations. Buyer beware when you mate your CPU with a power management provider and then get stung with product returns, warranty fall-out and frustrated consumers.
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