I really want to learn as much as I can about power electronics, switching mode power supplies, and overall analog design. Unfortunately my universities computer engineering program is still relatively new and does not have these specific courses.

I have looked over the ones on amazon but I really just feel like I can't trust the review there.

If I may pull from the large amount of experience here, what would be a good power supply text book to learn these fundamentals?


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  • \$\begingroup\$ Very few in universities in the US have a solid power electronics program. The only I know of is Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. \$\endgroup\$ – Nick Alexeev Jul 7 '14 at 23:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yea, well its an old field. While I've worked with switching-mode power supplies in great-depth, I feel like I don't have a good fundamentals reference or knowledge (I could be wrong) but I still want to get very solid at this. I'm surprised that we don't have more than basics circuits in regards to analog circuits. \$\endgroup\$ – Funkyguy Jul 8 '14 at 0:03
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    \$\begingroup\$ Power electronics is a relatively small field (in terms of head count) and it's harder to teach, compared to small signal vanilla EECS. These 2 factors make power electronics programs less attractive for students to take and for universities to teach. In the last 5 years or so, the interest to power electronics has been somewhat coming back due to growing interest in electric vehicles, greener energy, data centers. \$\endgroup\$ – Nick Alexeev Jul 8 '14 at 0:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ I can entirely understand the increased difficulty. I understand digital systems very very well and I have worked with analog concepts in conjunction w/ digital systems although I don't understand it quite to the same caliber \$\endgroup\$ – Funkyguy Jul 8 '14 at 0:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ AFAIK, the standard undergrad text book for power electronics is Power Electronics: Converters, Applications, and Design by Ned Mohan et al. \$\endgroup\$ – Nick Alexeev Jul 8 '14 at 1:42

Books I've found useful for power electronics:

Transformer and Inductor Design Handbook, McLyman

Switching Power Supply Design, Pressman

Switchmode Power Supply Handbook, Billings

Switching Power Supply Design and Optimization, Maniktala

Coursera is starting a Power electronics course shortly


that might be applicable. CU seems to have one of the few power electronics concentrations that I've seen.


I would recommend the following textbooks.

  1. Power electronics: converters, applications, and design by Ned Mohan and Tore M. Undeland
  3. Power Electronics by Daniel W.Hart ( one of the best books for understanding the concepts of power supplies)

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