Decades ago we had (switch mode) power supply problems on the new fangled Apple II computers.
Turns out there was an electrolytic coupling capacitor that provided PWM feedback to the power stage through a transformer (rather than an optocoupler).
The capacitor was forward biassed under light load, but we were a research lab and we filled all the available slots with cards. But under this heavy load condition, the coupling capacitor was reverse biassed and would eventually depolarise.
Swapped the cap for a bipolar type and it fixed the problem.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.