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Get the best components that can maximize battery life, efficiency, and voltage regulation.

Season 1: Episode 7

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Optimizing Size and Efficiency for Lower Power Applications

Power circuitry design is often a consideration late in the design cycle of a product after all the application circuitry has been selected, and basic functions defined.

The challenge for engineers has been how to get the best components that can maximize battery life, efficiency, and voltage regulation without taking up prime real estate on the board.

In this episode of The Current, Todd Baker talks to Bob Card and Tim Kaske of onsemi about their solutions to get the best power, and small components to fit your design.

What is Printed Conductive Technology?

Printed Conductive Technology is a term coined by the recent rapid development of electronic devices that incorporate printed electronics into the designs. More and more materials have quickly become “circuit boards” equipped with components for electronic circuits.

How do printed electronics work?

The process of printed electronics is based on a method of combining certain materials to form a new way to manufacture electronics. By applying a solution-based conductive material using printing equipment, electrical devices can be created in applications such as inkjet printing, screen print, lithography and more.

Applications and Benefits of Printed Conductive Technology


  • Integrated interfaces and switches in smart surfaces
  • Sensors such as occupancy and water
  • Wearables
  • Interactive walls
  • Active clothing


  • Cost-saving
  • Faster printing techniques
  • Simpler production and ease of use

Challenges of Printed Electronics

  • Printing patterns
  • Hardware integration
  • Software development
  • Requirements for leveraging manufacturing processes and materials

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