For discontinuous mode, flyback, SMPS designs, a clever online tool has been launched by Wurth Electronics Midcom Inc. Entering as little
information as input voltage range, switching frequency, output voltages and current, the Smart Transformer Selector, or STS, will return a list of prequalified, off-the-shelf transformers.
Taking the tedium out of the task, the STS searches Wurth Eletronics Midcom’s database of hundreds of SMPS transformers designed for
discontinuous mode, flyback operation. The STS uses power supply parameters and searches the database for parts that will not saturate, will provide the proper output voltages, will not over stress your switch, so on and so forth.
The search results are returned in a table that lists many of the typical transformer parameters, such as inductance, turns ratio and saturation current along, with mechanical and safety parameters for the parts. Full specifications of the part are available for immediate download in pdf format right from the table. The STS finds all suitable transformers, even those that were not designed specifically with the given application in mind.
The table itself can be sorted in various fashions, giving the ability to hone in on those designs that best suit the specified application. Selecting any part from the list will populate an analysis tab directly below the chart which summarizes the part and its performance in the
application. It shows everything from current wave forms, voltage levels and power losses to mechanical dimensions, a schematic for the
application and a 3D image showing what the part looks like. To get more detailed information one of three tabs available reveals the details
of the currents, voltages and losses.
While the STS is designed for a novice, it can also be used by the experienced SMPS designer who knows just what they want. An
advanced search feature allows those who wish to specify the inductance, saturation current and/or turns ratio themselves. The other basic parameters still must be entered as the tool needs to verify the design.
Specifying duty cycle, MOSFET and diode rating, as well as the controller used, are all options that can be used by the advanced user. The STS will take all of these requirements into account when searching for a transformer. For all users, a limited list of controllers from the IC
manufacturers is provided for selection. Specifying the controller will automatically populate the duty cycle, MOSFET parameters, and the
UVLO-LO and UVLO-HI parameters as they pertain to the controller. One can still override the auto settings if they wish as in the case of an
external switch being chosen rather than using the one internal to the controller. For more details, visit the company’s website.