Learn- How Smart Power became a reality?
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Learn- How Smart Power became a reality?

If in the case of the PWM pioneers, ‘Smart Power’ was born in 1976 when Silicon General launched the famous Pulse Width Modulator SG1524 chip. But for many of us it was in the mid-nineties when the semiconductor industry pushed silicon boundaries by adding more functionality to power control integrated circuits. In his 1998 book ‘Power electronics design handbook low-power components and application’, Nihal Kulartna considered that the term ‘Smart Power’ was more relevant when increasing functionality levels at chip level, reducing the number of surrounding components required by the power controller, simplifying design and reducing the amount of space required on customers’ boards. Among the additional functions added to a single chip at that time we could name drive circuitry, thermal protection, over and under voltage protection, current limiting, and diagnostics.
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