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Design of 48 V Voltage regulator modules with a novel integrated magnetics

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4 Author(s)
Peng Xu ; Bradley Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA ; Mao Ye ; Pit-Leong Wong ; Lee, F.C.

The push-pull forward topology with the current-doubler and synchronous rectifier is a suitable approach for high-input voltage regulator modules (VRMs) used to supply high-performance microprocessors. In order to improve efficiency and reduce size, this paper proposes an improved push-pull forward converter with a novel integrated magnetics. All the magnetic components including input filter inductor, step-down transformer and output filter inductors are integrated into a single EI or EE core. This topology is essentially the modified push-pull converter with the built-in input filter and the coupled-inductor current doubler rectifier. The proposed integrated magnetic structure features a simple core structure, a small leakage inductance and low winding and core losses. A design is given for a 48-V VRM with a 1.2-V and 70-A output, and its experimental results show that the proposed approach can offer a great improvement in efficiency.

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Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 6 )