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This paper describes how matrix converters (MCs), one at each side of a three-phase open-end-winding ac machine, achieve the following features simultaneously: 1) machine phase voltage up to 1.5 times the input phase voltage in the linear modulation mode, therefore extending the rated torque operation region to 150% of the rated speed of the machine; 2) peak voltage stress across the slot insulation which is limited to the peak of input phase voltage, i.e., a factor of at least √3 lower as compared to the conventional back-to-back converter; 3) controllable grid power factor to be leading, lagging, or unity; and 4) elimination of the instantaneous common-mode voltage at the machine terminals, therefore eliminating the bearing current due to switching common-mode voltage and reduction in the conducted electromagnetic interference. To simultaneously achieve the aforementioned capabilities, a space vector pulsewidth modulation technique is described in which the MCs are modulated using only rotating space vectors. A hardware prototype of the drive system is built. Experimental results from this hardware prototype verify the operation and claims of the drive system.