Crowbar circuit for over-voltage protection

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Over-voltage protection for each rail of my project’s power supply in the form of a thyristor (silicon controlled rectifier or SCR) based crowbar circuit. The Zener breakdown voltage determines the cut off and trips the gate of the SCR, causing a short condition. The short is then handled by a fuse, protecting sensitive devices. A threshold of about 1V for the Zener diodes (4.3V for the 3.3V rail & 6.2V for the 5V rail) was selected to allow for overhead in case of transient spikes.

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2015-04-02 · 18:10

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