Introduction to features found on most switch mode power supplies.

This application note provides an insight to the features that are provided on a power supply and the value that these features provide. Any system designer intending to use a power supply in their application should be aware of the features that are provided on many standard designs. They should also be aware of the convenience that comes with choosing the right off-the-shelf option instead of trying to come up with their own solutions.

These features typically can be broken up into several distinct categories.

  • Protective
  • Enhancement of Overall Performance
  • Physical
  • Application Specific
  • Environmental
  • Extras – Killer Features

The application note goes into full detail on what each of these categories of feature offer to designers and the benefits of each.