1 Power Electronics, the Enabling Green Technology

This book adopts a top-down approach so that readers can start with a glimpse of system-level applications and then proceed to the integrated circuit (IC) chips level and finally down to the semiconductor devices (elements) level. This chapter is a brief introduction of power electronics and power management systems for power device engineers. Power electronics engineers who are specifically focused on power device physics can safely skip this chapter.

1.1 Introduction to Power Electronics

Since the discovery of electricity, electronic appliances are found almost everywhere (now even on Mars). Power delivery is one of the most important and often neglected requirements within electronic equipment. ...

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