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Dobkin to Speak On Loss-Versus-Efficiency at Power Conference

Dobkin to Speak On Loss-Versus-Efficiency at Power Conference

Renowned analog circuit designer and a founder of Linear Technology, Robert Dobkin will deliver a lunch-time talk on the relevance of power loss in switching regulators, next Tuesday, October 30 at the Power Electronics Technology Conference in Dallas. Earlier that day, Dobkin will accept Power Electronics Technology’s Product of the Year Award for Linear Technology’s LT3080 Adjustable Low Dropout Regulator.

The awards ceremony will follow the keynote address by Roger Tipley of HP and The Green Grid, which will take place from 9:45 to 10:45 in the Solutions Theater, located in the exhibit hall. Dobkin’s luncheon presentation will be given in the same location from 11:30 to 12:30.

In his presentation on the show floor, Dobkin will advise engineers to “Evaluate Your Switching Regulators Using Power Loss – Not Efficiency.” Dobkin acknowledges that the standard for switching regulator performance has traditionally been efficiency. Nevertheless, comparing the efficiency of different switching regulators can give false answers, says Dobkin.

“Efficiency measures the circuit, not the regulator itself,” says Dobkin, “Examining the power loss of different switching regulators provides a more true comparison. And sometimes even linear regulators beat switchers.”

Dobkin currently serves as Linear’s chief technical officer and vice president of engineering. At Linear he was responsible for all new product development until 1999. Prior to founding Linear Technology in 1981, Dobkin was director of advanced circuit development at National Semiconductor for eleven years.

He has been intimately involved in the development of high performance linear integrated circuits for over 30 years and has generated many industry standard circuits including the industry’s first three-terminal adjustable linear regulator. Dobkin holds over 50 patents pertaining to linear ICs and has authored over 50 articles and papers. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For more details on the conference and directions to the Hilton Anatole, see http://www.powerelectronicsshow.com

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