Best start with the power supply

June 27, 2016 | 00:00
TI’s Power Management Lab Kit series
TI’s Power Management Lab Kit series
Programmers, not even the least-of-least-significant bit (LLSB) in your microcontroller application can be made to toggle without a working power supply of some kind. Now, Texas Instruments’ latest toolkit aims to provide “real world experience of power [supply, Ed.] designs for both professionals and students”.

Each lab kit in TI’s PMLK (Power Management Lab Kit) series includes an evaluation board and an experiment lab book covering key power converter topologies, theory, case studies and a set of unique experiments to jumpstart understanding of power supplies that are required for real-life applications. In terms of hardware, budding designers get the most common power solutions found in the industry: buck, linear regulator (LDO), boost and coming soon, buck-boost.

The series of boards and experiments can be used to reinforce foundational theories taught in a variety of electrical engineering courses, as well as to train industry professionals on how to make informed power supply decisions for their designs. The TI-PMLK can be holistically taught in modular parts to accommodate curriculum or coursework needs or to facilitate engineering training in the industry to address particular application challenges.

As an example, the PMLKBOOSTEVMB Boost Experiments Board is priced at $99 directly from the TI Store.
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