Published: 10 January 2023
Digitally controlled power supplies are becoming more popular due to the availability of high-performance digital signal processors (DSPs) and microcontrollers (MCs) at lower costs. These supplies offer several advantages over analog counterparts, including lower component count, simplified PCB design, and improved reliability. Digitally controlled supplies can be easily updated and modified through software/firmware updates, allowing for changes in operating conditions and improved efficiency and performance. Additionally, these supplies have advanced fault detection and protection features, as well as the ability to monitor parameters for predictive maintenance. Digitally controlled power converters can also interface easily with other systems using the I2C interface protocol, allowing for remote monitoring and control in industries such as horticulture lighting, data centers, and entertainment events.