April 8, 2015 - first steps with the design

A project log for Digital Bench Power Supply

A new design, made from scratch, for a digital bench power supply to offer regulated voltage and current, and prompt shortcircuit protection

Radu MotisanRadu Motisan 04/27/2015 at 13:300 Comments

I started designing the PCB. Here's what I have so far:

I plan to go with the DAC based on PWM + RC Low pass filter, yet I am concerned about the shortcircuit time of response. If it's not fast enough, the entire work is in vain.

For the output control block, controlling both the output current and the voltage, will rely on the DAC resolution, but also on the ADC resolution of the feedback loop.

If ADC is 10bits (max on atmega8), then this will allow us to select voltage levels with in Vo0 = 35x1/2^10 ~= 35mV minimum steps. For 8bits, that's even worse, only 35/2^8~=136mV.

To help the response time, a solution is to do all time critical operations as interrupts, for example the ADC convertions responsabile for reading voltage and current.