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A 48-V wide-Vin 9–25-MHz resonant DC–DC converter

  • This paper presents a wide-Vin step-down parallel-resonant converter (PRC), comprising an integrated 5-bit capacitor array and a 300-nH resonant coil, placed in parallel to a conventional buck converter. Soft-switching resonant converters are beneficial for high-Vin multi-MHz converters to reduce dominant switching losses, enabling higher switching frequencies. The output filter inductor is optimized based on an empirical study of available inductors. The study shows that faster switching significantly reduces not only the inductor value but also volume, price, and even the inductor losses. In addition, unlike conventional resonant concepts, soft-switching control as part of the proposed PRC eliminates input voltage-dependent losses over a wide operating range, resulting in 76.3% peak efficiency. At Vin = 48 V, a loss reduction of 35% is achieved compared with the conventional buck converter. Adjusting an integrated capacitor array, and selecting the number of oscillation periods, keeps the switching frequency within a narrow range. This ensures high efficiency across a wide range of Vin = 12–48 V, 100–500-mA load, and 5-V output at up to 25-MHz switching frequency. Thanks to the low output current ripple, the output capacitor can be as small as 50 nF.

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Author of HS ReutlingenWittmann, Jürgen; Funk, Tobias; Wicht, Bernhard
Erschienen in:IEEE journal of solid state circuits
Place of publication:New York, NY
Document Type:Journal article
Publication year:2018
Tag:buck converter; inductors; multi-MHz switching; resonant dc–dc converter; soft-switching
Page Number:9
First Page:1936
Last Page:1944
DDC classes:620 Ingenieurwissenschaften und Maschinenbau
Open access?:Nein
Licence (German):License Logo  In Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt