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Philip Lechner - Technical Specialist, Power at Avnet Abacus

Philip Lechner studied electronics and telecommunications in Amsterdam before beginning his career in electronic component sales. His career in electronics distribution has spanned 33 years, including 13 years as a field sales engineer covering power, semiconductors and IP&E, and 20 years in product management for power supplies and DC-DC converters for Avnet Abacus. 

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How to approach power design for modern computing systems
By Philip Lechner   -   March 25, 2020
Technical article
Follow Avnet Abacus on LinkedIn In today’s computing systems, power-hungry components include FPGAs, CPUs, ASICs, SoCs and now the new ACAP devices (Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform) which promise step performance improvements in demanding applicat...
Bigger is always better, isn’t it? That’s not necessarily the case when it comes to specifying a power supply.
AC-DC power supply design: how to specify capacity
By Philip Lechner   -   January 15, 2020
Technical article
AC-DC power supply design - how to pick an AC-DC power supply, and 80 PLUS Certification in context
Learn about the key design considerations and technical trade-offs that you need to know when selecting DC-DC conversion solutions for inverter or motor control HV gate drivers.
How to choose the right DC-DC converter for HV gate driver applications
By Philip Lechner   -   January 31, 2019
Technical article
Learn about the key design considerations and technical trade-offs that you need to know when selecting DC-DC conversion solutions for inverter or motor control HV gate drivers.
ENEC (European Norms Electrical Certification) is the European hallmark for luminaires and related products and is used to demonstrate compliance with European safety standards. This certification system also includes LED drivers
Designing safe certified and efficient power solutions for LED lighting system
By Philip Lechner   -   November 22, 2018
Technical article
ENEC (European Norms Electrical Certification) is the European hallmark for luminaires and related products and is used to demonstrate compliance with European safety standards. This certification system also includes LED drivers - the electronics th
All the electronics in rolling stock is subject to challenging environmental conditions, from high temperatures in confined spaces to the heavy vibration felt by body- or axle-mounted systems. Power supplies are no exception, and must comply with rel
Meeting regulatory requirements for mission-critical and non-mission-critical rolling stock power supplies
By Philip Lechner   -   June 13, 2017
Technical article
All the electronics in rolling stock is subject to challenging environmental conditions, from high temperatures in confined spaces to the heavy vibration felt by body- or axle-mounted systems. Power supplies are no exception, and must comply with rel
If the feedback circuitry in a secondary-side regulated flyback converter could somehow be integrated into the switcher IC while maintaining isolation, the circuit would use fewer components and be smaller, simpler and cheaper overall.
Simplifying SMPS design with the right switching IC plus easy custom magnetics
By Philip Lechner   -   November 5, 2016
Technical article
If the feedback circuitry in a secondary-side regulated flyback converter could somehow be integrated into the switcher IC while maintaining isolation, the circuit would use fewer components and be smaller, simpler and cheaper overall.
Specifying medical power supplies can be particularly challenging because of the standards and jargon surrounding this application.
Deciphering datasheets for medical PSUs
By Philip Lechner   -   April 29, 2016
Technical article
Specifying medical power supplies can be particularly challenging because of the standards and jargon surrounding this application.
Keenly associated to the trend of greater computing power and complexity is a technology that is making a move into industrial from the communications field: that of advanced power system architectures.
Advanced power architectures move into industry
By Philip Lechner   -   April 20, 2015
Technical article
Keenly associated to the trend of greater computing power and complexity is a technology that is making a move into industrial from the communications field: that of advanced power system architectures.