Suggests a capacitance value for power-supply interruption based on several inputs like downstream circuit power dissipation, maximum holdup time, and voltage requirements.
High reliability electronics frequently require some sort of short-term power interruption tolerance, specified in milliseconds. This worksheet will allow the user to find the amount of capacitance required to hold up a piece of electronics equipment. The internal power supply (that regulates power from outside) often has a hold-up circuit that charges a capacitor whose voltage is bled off when power is interrupted. A boost converter is used to store additional energy and gain a greater holdup margin. When bled, the voltage off the capacitor is buck/boost regulated to normal operational range for the held-up equipment. Large-value capacitors are greatly affected by temperature and have fairly large tolerances in addition.
Pasahow, Edward. Electronics Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994.
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