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Electronics - switch-mode power

Course overview

A Switch-mode Power Supply (SMPS) is used in an abundant number of applications, much more than a linear supply. But a SMPS is much more complex than a linear design and requires generally more components, especially when the output voltage has to be very stable over a wide range of load and input voltage variations. A rough calculation on efficiency shows why they nevertheless are used in so many applications. Moreover they are generally more compact and lighter.

On switch-mode power supplies, a Full course (2 modules of 3 days) and a Short course (2.5 days) are available.

The Full course discusses the design of switch mode power supplies, general topologies, components of power circuits and switching devices. The topologies discussed are used for applications up to approximately 300 W.

The Short course discusses insights and the characteristics of a SMPS, sufficiently to become a knowledgeable partner of (component) suppliers and users of their products.


€ 2.700,00 excl. VAT


2 modules of 3 consecutive days


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MSc Frans Pansier

Course Leader

MSc Hans Vink


01-10-2019 | 09:00 - 17:00
02-10-2019 | 09:00 - 17:00
03-10-2019 | 09:00 - 17:00
29-10-2019 | 09:00 - 17:00
30-10-2019 | 09:00 - 17:00
31-10-2019 | 09:00 - 17:00

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Tel. +31 85 401 3600



After the course, the participant will:

  • Have obtained detailed insight in a SMPS and the various topologies;
  • Be able to design, calculate, simulate, and evaluate modern power supply concepts;
  • Be familiar with the relevant technical terminology in discussions with e.g. component suppliers and the users of their products;
  • Be able to discuss in depth the technical details with their counterparts;
  • Have knowledge of EMC- and safety aspects.

vIntended for

Designers (level: BSc/MSc electronics, specialisation analog electronics) of power supplies, designers of their specific components like wire wound components, switching devices and integrated control circuits. Engineers who have to repair a SMPS.


  • Introduction to SMPS topologies;  
  • The switching behaviour of power semiconductors;  
  • Magnetic components;  
  • Drive of power switches and protections of power supplies;  
  • Survey of EMC measures; 
  • Input circuitry, preconditioners; 
  • Safeguarding the efficiency with low loads;
  • The Self Oscillating Power Supply, SOPS; 
  • Halfbridge LLC resonant convertor;
  • SMPS for a PC application;
  • Safety.


Lectures supported by exercises and homework after module 1. Course notes.


Certificate of High Tech Institute if the results of the home assignment after module 1 is positive.

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Switch-mode power supplies - full course

The design of switch mode power supplies is discussed from an industrial point of view.

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