Magnetic Components are a necessary element in most power electronic systems—and they’re usually the most challenging from size, performance, and cost standpoints. With the new sophisticated design capabilities of today coupled with substantially improved cores, cost-effective components of lesser weight and smaller size—without compromising electrical performance—are continuing to develop. Blending a variety of power magnetic components on a single core, integrated planar magnetics is one technique in practice today that’s providing an attractive alternative to make a big difference in switch mode power processing circuits and systems. Magnetic component designers are also focusing on the performance features of the core, one of the most important qualifying considerations for a system engineer. Look for the articles in this special report in the April 2003 issue of
Power Electronics Technology
and in our archives here on the Web, covering these characteristics and other important aspects of circuit design using magnetic components.