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Silicon Chip April 2014

In the April issue of Silicon Chip Electronics Magazine, build a High Performance Switchmode Bench Power Supply, that can be powered from a 12V or 24V DC Power Source. The unit can supply 0-40V at up to 5A and features an LED Digital Readout for the Voltage and Current Output. The design utilizes a combination of switchmode and linear circuitry to reduce the size and weight of the unit. The unit also offers a smooth voltage output with very little output noise and also a current limiting feature. Also this month, build a USB to RS232C Serial Interface, ideal for your old equipment with just a RS232 output. The unit reliably converts RS232 to a USB output to connect to your new PC or laptop. All projects come complete with circuit diagram and electronic parts list.

In this month's articles, a look at the annual Autonomous Ground Vehicle Competition (AGVC) held near Geelong. These vehicles have to navigate an obstacle filled track loop without any remote control. Also a look at some of the hands-on training courses for soldering and also a review of the new Thermaltronics TMT-2000S-K Soldering Station. Plus all the regular columns, including the Circuit Notebook, Serviceman's Log and Vintage Radio are included, providing stacks of great reading.
(Note: Catalogue Not Included)

Part Code: SILCHIPAPR2014


  • Autonomous Ground Vehicle Competition
  • So You Think You Can Solder?
  • Review: Thermaltronics TMT-2000S-K Soldering Station


  • 40V Switchmode Bench Power Supply, Part 1
  • USB to RS232C Serial Interface
  • A Rubidium Frequency Standard for a Song

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