Last modified on 29 August 2014, at 02:20

Schneiderware Power Supply

The Schneiderware Power Supply is an external power supply published by german magazine CPC Schneider International as part of their Schneiderware DIY series. The plain PCB, or the fully assembled board were also available via mail-order.


The power supply is needed only for Schneiderware projects that do require special voltages, or for projects that do overload the CPC's own +5V supply (which may happen when connection too many expansion boards, for example). The supply outputs the following voltages:

Aside from the components on the PCB, one does also need a transformator, which isn't shown on the photos. Despite of being a very important component, the DIY article contained only few side-notes on the transformator. The thing must provide a number of AC voltages, and it might be difficult to find a matching transformator (one could get one from the magazine via mail-order, but it wasn't cheap).

Connection Cautions

The supply uses the same type of 2x32 pin connector as the other Schneiderware boards, however, the supply is NOT intended to be plugged into the ECB Bus sockets, instead, it should be wired to the 7 soldering points on the Schneiderware Basisplatine.

Namely, it connects to the three GND pins, and the 5V, and -/+12V pins. The seventh pin, "AC", is left unused (it's been intended for rechargeable "ACCU" batteries, but the later RTC and SRAM projects contained their own batteries, and didn't use the "AC" supply).

The CPC's internal +5V supply should be disconnected when connecting the external power-supply, otherwise something terrible might happen (for example, when one supply tries to output a few more volts than the other, or so).

The giant cooling plate (and the LM323K voltage regulator) aren't meant to be mounted directly on the PCB, but rather stacked a few centimenters above of the PCB (can be seen on photos in some of the later adverts).

Alternate Versions

There seem to have been one or two alternate versions:

  • The photo in the original article showed a different PCB with Gl1 and Gl2 differently arranged. And, the whole design is somehow mirrored or rotated (looks as if the components are installed on the solder side). That photo may have been a prototype, or faked dummy for illustration purposes. Later adverts are showing the "normal" Gl1/Gl2 arrangement.
  • The magazine later released a correction on their Letters page which recommended to replace the 5K6 and 10K resistors on the L200 voltage converter - it sounded perfectly reasonable - except that, the DIY project doesn't contain any of that components. The correction (if it wasn't total nonsense) implies that the magazine shipped different PCBs to some people via their mail-order service.

And aside from the "official" Schneiderware supply, one could of course use any other suitable power supply. Nowadays, it would be easiest and cheapest to use an outsorted PC power supply, which provides perfectly regulated +5V, +12V and -12V with more than enough Amperes.

Scanned Article



  • LM323 Datasheet - 3-pin 5V voltage converter (used by the power supply)
  • L200 Datasheet - 5-pin variable-voltage converter (seems to be used by an alternate version of the power supply)