Off-the-shelf DC/DC converters simplify challenges of ruggedized applications
Equipment using DC/DC converters for rail, industrial, and other ruggedized applications in environmentally challenging conditions, need to meet special requirements for DC input range, EMC compliance and shock/vibration. Wide temperature swings are also present, often coupled with the challenge of condensation. Compliance with fire safety regulations must likewise be addressed. With general requirements requiring high efficiency and compact size, power converters have a complex set of specifications to meet. This article explains some of the challenges and introduces off-the-shelf solutions that simplify and de-risk system design.