First of all I am still in school so perhaps I have not been exposed to material that may answer this question for me.
I have recently become interested in power electronics. I have purchased a book on the subject and I am taking an online course. Like usual they start with basic models where everything is ideal and as the course goes on you begin to model losses. I have breadboard a basic buck and it works great. My question is that I feel a bit disillusioned because almost everything I learn "there's an IC for that" I get the feeling that the fellas that design those IC are REAL engineers and everyone is just pluging and playing parts.
I understand the benefits of using an IC because it will reach an unparalleled level of efficiency versus discretes... but out there in the industry is there anyone making power converters not using a one size fits all IC? if so can anyone give some examples?
I have not taken a formal course on power electronics at school, so that fact contributes to my ignorance on the subject.