Dragon32 Power-Supply

From: John Honniball <coredump_at_gifford.co.uk>
Date: Wed Nov 24 06:52:26 2004

Jules Richardson wrote:
> In the six or so Atoms that have passed through my hands though I've
> never had one with the original supply, so I can't confirm that :) (All
> of mine have either been kits - and I assume the PSU was optional - or
> previous owners have bypassed the regulators and used a more capable
> supply)

Ah, that was a standard modification. The Atom uses two 7805
regulators in parallel, which is not a good way to turn two
1A regulators into a 2A PSU. In practice, one regulator
(depending on the voltage tolerances of the parts) takes
nearly all the load, while the other regulator just sits
there. So, many Atom users who expanded their machines
also bypassed the regulators and added a proper external

I'll check my boxed Atom in the loft sometime to see what
brick it's got.

John Honniball
Received on Wed Nov 24 2004 - 06:52:26 GMT

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