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Optimizing Power Efficiency and Density in Power Electronics with Real-Time MCUs

May 02, 2024 by Texas Instruments

This technical article addresses highly integrated microcontrollers and how they help improve real-time control performance while reducing system costs.

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    ChuckD May 10, 2024

    I see no advantage to using microcontrollers in a dc-dc converter design. Apparently neither did the author of this TI application note. Microcontrollers get expensive as their clock frequency capability increases. Latency has always been a problem for using microcontrollers in a design that requires a fast transient response and high accuracy. Therefore using a very expensive microcontroller to design a high performance, wide-band, cheap dc-dc is impossible. Cheap microcontrollers can be used for low performance power conversion that does not need high bandwidth or high accuracy.

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