Dithering skip modulator with a width controller for ultra-wide-load high-efficiency DC-DC converters

Hong Wei Huang*, Hsin Hsin Ho, Chieh Ching Chien, Ke-Horng Chen, Gin Kou Ma, Sy Yen Kuo

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Abstract

This paper proposes a temperature-independent load sensor to decide the optimum power MOSFET width for power saving of DC-DC converters. Besides, it also can decide the optimum modulation technique in tri-mode operation, which is composed of pulse-width modulation (PWM), pulse-frequency modulation (PFM), and a new proposed dithering skip modulation (DSM). An efficiency-improving DSM operation is introduced to raise the efficiency drop because of transition from PWM to PFM. Importantly, DSM mode can dynamically skip the number of gate driving pulses, which is inverse proportional to load current. Simplistically and qualitatively stated, the novel load sensor can automatically select the optimum modulation method and optimum power MOSFET width to achieve high efficiency over a wide load range. Experimental results show the tri-mode operation can have high efficiency about 89 % over a wide load current range from 3mA to 500mA. Owing to the effective mitigation of the switching loss contributed by large power MOSFET, the novel width controller not only achieves high efficiency about 95% but also extends this high efficiency to a lower load current range about 0.1mA.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE 2006 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, CICC 2006
Pages643-646
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2006
EventIEEE 2006 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, CICC 2006 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 10 Sep 200613 Sep 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference
ISSN (Print)0886-5930

Conference

ConferenceIEEE 2006 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, CICC 2006
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA
Period10/09/0613/09/06

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