Starting a New Design? Check Out Digi-Key’s Reference Design Library for a Base Circuit
Do you ever have an idea for a new design and need a spark to get your design started? Or, maybe your design is almost done but you need one or more important application blocks to complete it? Then check out Digi-Key’s Reference Design Library. This site is a treasure trove of reference designs for many different applications (see Table).
|AC/DC and DC/DC Conversion||AC/DC SMPS - Multi Output|
|AC/DC SMPS - Single Output|
|DC/DC SMPS - Multi Output|
|DC/DC SMPS - Single Output|
|Energy Harvesting||Other Energy Harvesting Designs|
|Solar Battery Chargers|
|Solar to DC Regulators|
|Vibration Energy Harvesting|
|Color Mixing LED Controllers|
|LED Camera Flash Drivers|
|LED Drivers - AC / Offline|
|LED Drivers - DC In|
|Open Source MCU Platforms|
|Power Management||Battery Chargers|
|Battery 'Fuel Gauge' for DC|
|Energy Metering for AC|
|Ideal Bridge Controller|
|Inductive Charging / Wireless Power|
|Load or Power Distribution Switches|
|POE - Power Over Ethernet|
|Power Factor Correction|
|Power Output Stages (H-Bridge, Half Bridge)|
|USB Power Delivery|
|Sensor Solutions||Capacitive Sensing|
|Other Sensing Solutions|
|Wired Communications||Analog Front Ends (AFE)|
|Remote & Passive Keyless Entry (RKE,PKE)|
|Transceivers - TXRX|
|Wireless Power / Inductive Charging|
Listing of Categories, and Sub-Categories where applicable, of designs in Digi-Key’s Reference Design Library.
Here’s an example where using the Reference Design Library could speed the time to market of your project. Say you have your project pretty much completed except that you still need to incorporate a battery charging circuit. Simply go to the Reference Design Library’s Battery Chargers page, select the appropriate filters to narrow down your search, and compare the reference designs that result. Choose the one that will best suit your needs and order it then and there. Once you receive your reference design, you can tweak it to suit your circuit, test it out for proper functionality, and tweak it again if necessary until you get it working the way you want it.
The preceding example holds true for adding any of the application categories listed in the table above. In all cases, using the Reference Design Library to help fill in your project’s gaps can really reduce time to market when the alternative is to design these circuits from scratch.
Another thing to consider is that the reference designs in this library come directly from the supplier, so you can rest assured that they have been qualified and tested to function properly.
So, check out Digi-Key’s Reference Design Library to jumpstart your project design.