Power Management Design Seminars Coming Soon to a City Near You

National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE: NSM) announced that its power management experts will go on tour to discuss design fundamentals and techniques as well as application examples associated with the latest high-performance power management products.

National developed the one-day intensive technical seminars to give design engineers advice on how to use the latest technologies, providing design tips and new product information. This seminar complements the Signal Path seminars held in 2006 which covered National’s signal conditioning, data conversion, high-speed interface and audio products. The Power Management Design seminar will cover topics including DC-to-DC converter topologies and methodologies, power management design techniques and implementation examples that efficiently provide power for circuits in the signal path.

DC-to-DC Converter Topologies and Methodologies

  • Buck converter topologies explained with advantages and disadvantages and selection criteria
  • Design guidelines for voltage-mode and current-mode buck regulators
  • A new technology, Emulated Current Mode, used in the new SIMPLE SWITCHER(R) regulators
  • Hysteretic and Constant On Time (COT) regulator design formulas and dynamic performance characteristics
  • Boost and flyback regulator waveforms and component calculations
  • Linear regulators, stabilizing low dropout regulators, impact of output capacitance and Effective Series Resistance (ESR)

Power Management Design Techniques

  • Design guidelines for high efficiency — Loss models explained
  • Measuring line and load transients, loop measurement techniques
  • External component properties and selection guidelines
  • PCB layout considerations — noise sources and techniques for mitigation, techniques for regulator stability and performance, thermal considerations

Application Examples and Powering the Signal Path

  • Powering FPGAs and processors
  • Strategies for sequencing power supplies
  • Dealing with noise-sensitive analog loads
  • LED driver power circuits
  • Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) applications for power device and auxiliary power interface

Since 1984, National has conducted these highly technical seminars that feature a blend of practical analog design concepts and tutorial review of basic principles. For a $99 fee, attendees receive a seminar application handbook, a coupon redeemable for an evaluation board and a USB flash drive containing design materials. Lunch and refreshments are also provided.

Pre-registration is required to guarantee sufficient seats for all attendees.

U.S. and Canada Seminar Locations

  • May 7 Los Angeles, CA
  • May 8 San Diego, CA
  • May 9 Phoenix, AZ
  • May 10 Austin, TX
  • May 11 Denver, CO
  • May 14 Boston, MA
  • May 15 Rochester, NY
  • May 16 Montreal, QC
  • May 17 Toronto, ON
  • May 18 Cleveland, OH
  • Jun 4 Minneapolis, MN
  • Jun 5 Chicago, IL
  • Jun 6 Indianapolis, IN
  • Jun 7 Kansas City, KS
  • Jun 8 Dallas, TX
  • Jun 11 Philadelphia, PA
  • Jun 12 Baltimore, MD
  • Jun 13 Raleigh, NC
  • Jun 14 Orlando, FL
  • Jun 15 Huntsville, AL
  • Jun 18 Vancouver, BC
  • Jun 19 Seattle, WA
  • Jun 20 Portland, OR
  • Jun 21 Irvine, CA
  • Jun 22 Santa Clara, CA

About National’s Power Management Products
National Semiconductor is a leading supplier of voltage regulator ICs with 13 percent market share, according to iSuppli’s 2006 Semiconductor Market Share survey. National’s innovative power management products include best-in-class linear regulators; power monitoring, control and reference ICs; and switching converters, such as high-voltage ICs for DC-DC conversion, switched capacitor converters, lighting management ICs and inductive switching converters. National also offers online tools that enable power designers to select the best power management chips for their applications. National’s WEBENCH(R) design tool allows designers to choose a product, create and analyze a design, and then build custom prototypes that can be delivered within 24 hours.

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor, the industry’s premier analog company, creates high-value analog devices and subsystems. National’s leading-edge products include power management circuits, display drivers, audio and operational amplifiers, interface products and data conversion solutions. National’s key analog markets include wireless handsets, displays and a variety of broad electronics markets, including medical, automotive, industrial, and test and measurement applications. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $2.16 billion for fiscal 2006, which ended May 28, 2006.

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