Electronic Design

The Use And Misuse of Circuit Protection Devices

Circuit protection devices aren’t the most glamorous part of an engineer’s design. They’re usually an afterthought to the processors, FPGAs, memory, and other components, which most often are considered the real “meat” of the device. But without circuit protection, the entire product may be vulnerable to damage and can pose safety issues for consumers.

The fuse is the most basic circuit protection device. In this guide, we’ll address the different types of fuses as well as various circuit protection devices and where they are best used.

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