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Sponsored by 28 By Rich Pell T his teardown article will delve into the architectural design and components of a solar inverter card starting from the Solar panel DC inputs and working our way through the DC to AC conversion process to the AC output that is sent out to the power grid. We will show what features need to be implemented into such a design to meet various safety and other performance standards as well as strin- gent power company demands upon the signal that is put onto their grid. In the process we will look at the major ele- ments and component choices that were made in the design of the SMA "Sunny Boy" series of Solar inverters, from the EMI suppression ca- pacitors from Vishay to the TMS320F2812 DSP by Texas Instruments, with a special emphasis on isolation and protection, through the smart Teardown: The power inverter — from sunlight power grid to

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