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power supply
Last modified: Thursday, April 01, 2004 

(n.) Also called a power supply unit or PSU, the component that supplies power to a computer. Most personal computers can be plugged into standard electrical outlets. The power supply then pulls the required amount of electricity and converts the AC current to DC current. It also regulates the voltage to eliminate spikes and surges common in most electrical systems. Not all power supplies, however, do an adequate voltage-regulation job, so a computer is always susceptible to large voltage fluctuations.

Power supplies are rated in terms of the number of watts they generate. The more powerful the computer, the more watts it can provide to components.

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Yahoo!'s directory of power supply companies.

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Schumacher Electric: Power Conditioners - Designs and manufactures custom transformers for the electronics industry, as well as assemblies, battery chargers, and welding accessories..

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Powertronix: Specialty Power Supplies - Supplies AC power supplies, toroidal power transformers, current transformers, DC power supplies, and DC filter chokes/inductors.

Red Lioni Controls: Power Supplies - Manufactures industrial control products including human machine interface panels, digital and analog panel meters and process control devices.

GlobalSpec.com: Power Supplies - Provides database of suppliers for Power Supplies. Browse catalogs and view technical information.

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