A website created to
help electrical engineers solve real-world design challenges in power
management and power conversion as encountered in the design of power
supplies and power systems.
can benefit from How2Power.com?
Anyone interested in
power electronics may benefit from the information available at this
site. However, How2Power.com was developed with the following
engineers in mind.
specialists including power system designers and FAEs working for
original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and power supply vendors.
specialists such as system designers seeking help with power design
challenges in their applications
- Power component
designers and field application engineers (FAEs)
- Distributor FAEs
who assist customers with power system design
- Power electronics
specialists and non-specialists (including scientists) working for
military, governmental, or scientific research organizations
professors and students doing research or study in the field of
does How2Power.com Offer?
many engineers, Google is the first stop when searching for help with
power system design problems. However, performing keyword searches in
Google or other general-purpose search engines doesn’t always
produce satisfactory results. Search results frequently contain loads
of irrelevant links, particularly when you’re looking for
searching for help with an electronics design problem, the results
you want may be buried in a sea of product information or mixed in
with design information that is too basic or general for your needs.
When your search involves power electronics topics, generic
search engine results frequently relate to the wrong types of power
such as utility-level power and other non-electronic subjects.
Moreover, the sheer volume renders many of the results unusable.
an alternative to these hit-and-miss keyword searches for power
electronics information. Its unique search engine and database—the
How2Power Design Guide—will help you locate practical
design information on dozens and dozens of power electronics topics.
Using the How2Power
Design Guide, you’ll access articles, papers,
presentations, and videos from many different sources—trade
journals, vendors, industry organizations, consultants, conferences,
and more. You’ll search for information intelligently and
quickly using menu-driven searches.
The How2Power Design
Guide allows you to search for design information in one of these
seven major categories
- Power Supply Function
- Design Area
- Popular Topics
- Extreme Environments
Within each of these
broad categories, there are more than 70 subcategories to help you
refine your search. This typically provides you with multiple routes
to finding relevant design information. For example, if you’re
looking for information related to motor drive design in washing
machines, you could select the “Application” category and
the “Appliances/White Goods” subcategory. Or you might
select, the “Power Supply Function” category and the
“Motor Drives” subcategory. There are many possible
search combinations and these can all be refined further with keyword
Search Results Look Like?
Search results are
derived from a unique database created by the editor of
How2Power.com. The data base contains listings of relevant
information sources such as magazine articles, conference papers,
white papers, presentations, and videos. In the database, each
information source is tagged with the relevant category and
subcategory tags used by the How2Power Design Guide and
descriptive information about each information source is entered
along with links to the sources.
To conduct a search
using the How2Power Design Guide, the user selects one of the
seven major category topics and one of the subcategory topics. A
keyword can also be added to the search, if desired. After the user
hits “search,” a results page appears with a list of
article (or other source) titles. The user can click on each title to
see details about the article including unique article summaries and How To statements. After reading the article information,
users can click on a link to view the full article.
How To statements
describe the practical value of the article (or other source) to the
user. The How To statements help the user to quickly determine
whether it’s worth reading the whole article or viewing the
presentation or video.
How To statements may
broad in scope or narrowly focused. Some addressed basic design
issues and others, more advanced topics. Here are a few examples of
How To statements:
- How to measure and
analyze power supply stability
- How to evaluate the
durability of Trench MOSFETs operating in the linear region
- How to apply
active clamp technique to reset the transformer in a forward converter
- How to build a
buck-boost converter for automotive applications
By default, every
search brings up the list of article titles, which then provide
access to the article summaries, How To statements, and links.
However, users can opt to view a list of How To statements. By
browsing the How To statements, users may identify the
articles that address the specific design tasks or problems they are
trying to address.
Around the Web
Maybe you’re not
looking for specific information, but want to learn more about the
wide array of resources available on power electronics topics. This
section of the website points you to the many websites run by trade
magazines, industry organizations, vendor websites, and academic and
research institutions. Descriptions of these different sites will
help you locate valuable sources of information you may need to do
How2Power.com is a member of
David G. Morrison,
Editor/Publisher of How2Power.com, is a veteran technical writer and
editor. Prior to founding How2Power.com, Morrison served as
Editor-in-Chief of Power Electronics Technology (PET) magazine. At PET, Morrison reported and commented on the many
technical developments and trends taking place in the power
electronics field while working closely with industry experts to
develop practical, in-depth power design articles.
In his tenure at PET,
Morrison expanded the magazine’s offerings by creating a
30-year searchable archive of the magazine, a microsite and an ASBPE
award-winning supplement devoted to digital power, and unique
references such as the Power
Management IC Wall chart (co-developed with the PSMA)
and the Power IC Packaging Wall Chart.
Morrison also authored PET’s Lifetime Achievement Award articles, which
documented the contributions of power electronics industry leaders
and innovators such as Eric Lidow, Bob Mammano, Bruce Carsten, Ed
Bloom, and Rudy Severns.
Prior to joining Power
Electronics Technology, Morrison served as a Technology Editor at Electronic Design magazine where he reported on analog &
power technologies, and as an associate editor at Electronic
Products magazine, where he reported on analog ICs and other
Before becoming an
editor, Morrison worked for several years as an electrical engineer
at audio and RF electronics companies. Morrison received a BSEE from
the University of Rochester. Email David Morrison.
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Special thanks to the following individuals and organizations who provided assistance and guidance in the development of this website:
- Michel & Susan Degive, Degive Enterprises, LLC
- Ashok Bindra, Technology Writer, Technika
- Rae Morrow, Creative Director, Wall Street Communications