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MOSFET Voltage Optimization
Q: Is there an optimum MOSFET voltage for power electronics applications that will minimize power loss?
A: This question falls in the general category of impedance matching in that an optimal voltage-current tradeoff point, or impedance, is sought. This arises not only in the more common circuit applications where the maximum-power-transfer theorem is applied (such as calculation of a transformer turns ratio), but also in less obvious applications such as the driver output impedance driving a motor to match the mechanical impedance as referred to the electrical side of the machine.
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