Thanks for a great serries. I thought I knew a lot about this topic and I would say (Humbly) that I do but I am amazed how it has progressed . Thanks Paul, I can begin to be somewhat knowledgible again.
I appreciate knowing about these devices. I had been trying to figure out how to overcome the forward voltage drop of the bridge rectifier at the input (slide 3). I was envisioning round-robin charging capacitors to a few mV and then connecting them in series before emptying them into the load.
Does anyone know of a regulator which is both a step-up and step-down regulator? At one time I was doing a circuit using an ultra cap which decayed from 5V to 0. I wanted to output a constant 3.3V. during the entire decay curve, not just when it was above or below the output voltage.
G'day all ... good class ... Paul N is a good teacher - good choice Anne R Thryft/Design News ...
Paul, would like to see ya write a series of a dozen or so articles and compile them into a neat little how-to booklet ... see if Design News will publish it for ya ... good experience at BBN and Lowell Tech and of course Orchid Tech
Paul wins the free tin foil hat (or Boston Baseball cap with little retractable antennae energy harvesting antenna to power all his personal app needs ...
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