Power Supply management board with integrated -V bias generator

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A simple circuit to provide the -V supply for amplifiers or systems requiring a low current -V rail

Many of these systems can suffer catastrophic failure if the -V rail is not present when the +ve supply is applied . The -Ve voltage biases GaAsFets

and loss of this bias results in the device conducting hard, often destroying the device)

This board passes the +Ve supply through a solid state switch. The switch is opened if the -Ve supply is not detected and can also be controlled by an external line

Thus PTT, over temperture or other fault states can mute the +Ve supply simply by grounding a common pin

LED indicators of the -V rail and the state of the switched +v output are provided. An addition LED driven be a transistor can be driven by a diode RF detector as often found >/p>

on power amplifiers. This gives a simple visual indication of RF output, ideal for portable operation.

Components on the board are typically 0805 size or larger, through hole components are used in several places to allow design flexibility

A few V 1.0 prototypes PCBs have been procured and are being tested. So far all working as expected

With a SUD45P03-15 FET mounted without any heatsink, the board can switch 5A at 15V comfortabley (although I don't reccomend the KK254 connectors at this current)

Features so far include

12-14V DC in for the -ve Bias generator

Seperate DC in for the the Switched Amplifier supply

DC switching up to 5A (depending on swicthing FET and output connector rating) *See notes

ICL7660 based -Ve voltage gererator OR modular DC-DC converters can be fitted.

Variable threshold for -Ve voltage detector . The input for this is on a header and should be connected to the -Ve supply as close to the equipment as possible.

RF detector indicator LED

external PTT Input (inverted) Low signal on RX . Grounding this pin (open collector etc) will mute the +V output Multiple inpults can pe operated in parallel on this pin

NOTE This is a work in progress. Component values etc. may change after evaluation of performance!.


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