The interactive and animated applets are part of the Introductory Course on Power Electronics taught by Prof. Kolar at the ETH Zurich.

Interactive Power Electronics Seminar

Interactive Power Electronics Seminar

Power Electronics Circuit Simulation

Applets to See – are the simple Buck-converter and the Rotating Three-Dimensional Field
More pages of Compulsory Reading for Students

  • Part I – An Overview of AC/AC-Converter Topologies
  • iPES-Circuits – DC/DC converters, thyristor converter, AC/DC inverter.
  • iPES-Circuits+ – Power electronic systems of higher complexity in industry.
  • iPES-Thermal – Dimensioning and operation of power electronic converters
  • iPES-EMFields – Electrostatic, magnetic fields, permeability, inductor design.
  • iPES-AET – Operational Amplifier – Applications.

Gecko Research

Power Electronics Simulation -Specialized Software to meet demands of Power Electronics Engineers. Gecko-Research is engaged in numerical simulations of circuits, control, 3D-thermal, electromagnetics, reliability issues and system optimization.

What is the use of a Robot, which cannot perceive its environment in detail. Where can a Control system be effective, if it does not get a “feedback” about its actions. How could one do Analysis and Research or Verify, when he cannot Measure a parameter with good accuracy and resolution.

ADC are the Eyes and Ears for a uC, this brings the Real world as Numbers within the CPU. Without ADC a uC is like a Frog in the Well and has to create an Imaginary World for himself. That is beyond the scope of Engineering.

Bring your favorite PIC Microcontroller to his senses. Give him an ability to Perceive the Reality around him. Get him an Analog to Digital Converter and don’t forget to code.

MAX1169 ADC and PIC Microcontroller

MAX1169 ADC is better than 4 1/2 Digit Value. For me the Intersil chip is a Benchmark. Beyond 5 1/2 Resolution may be needed only for Scientific Research.

I would add, 2 1/2 is like Analog Meters/Bar Graphs, 3 1/2 for Control systems, 4 1/2 for T&M and beyond 5 1/2 is for R&D.  – delabs Notes

Interfacing the MAX1169 ADC to a PIC Microcontroller – Maxim

Abstract: This application note describes how to interface a MAX1169 analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to a PIC microcontroller. It includes an example circuit and software for a PIC18F442. The software contains function calls to interface the ADC to the PIC microcontroller using the internal MSSP I²C port at 400kHz.

Designs, develops, manufactures and markets microcomputer components of desktop and server systems. Since 1968, Intel has been dedicated to transforming the world through technology.

Intel Corporation – Microcomputer Components

Desktop Board DQ965WC

See Above is the DQ965WC in the PicoBTX form factor delivers valuable new capabilities for large and small businesses. With support for dual-core processors…

This small form factor desktop board merges the energy-efficient power of the Core 2 Duo processor with enhanced manageability, data protection and security capabilities.

These are types of the Chumby Mini Web Computer, it was a Web Widget App System with Touch Interface. Innovative System ahead of its time. It manifested in 2006 before the Touch Screen Tablets.

HandHeld Green Cloud Computing

Success of iGoogle in 2005 with Mini Web Apps and a Free App Store like System. The Desktop widgets of Yahoo, Google Desktop Search who created a Apps Shop or App Vending Store formed the ideas.

iGoogle Widgets and The First App Store

These innovations and rapid Hardware size shrinking, low power chips, flash+, wireless and broadband technology boost have lead to the Tablets you see today,

Chumby Web Computer

Chumby Mini Embedded Computer

I made this post today when many facts feel in place and i came to the conclusion that the Tablets, AppStore manifested from the concepts of touch usability, widgets etc. that came from gadgets like chumby and web services like iGoogle, both are gone today – 2009 to 2012 delabs