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A new family of active auxiliary circuits that allow the power switch in single switch, pulsewidth modulated converters to operate with zero-voltage switching is proposed in this paper. The main feature of an auxiliary circuit belonging to this family is that the auxiliary switch can operate with a zero-current switching turn-on and turn-off without increasing the peak current stresses of the main switch. This is an improvement over previous proposed auxiliary circuits where either the auxiliary switch operates with a hard turn-off or the circuit itself increases the peak stresses of the main switch. In this paper, the fundamental principles behind the proposed family of active auxiliary circuits are explained. Based on these principles, an example auxiliary circuit is systematically derived and presented along with several other auxiliary circuits belonging to the new family. The operation of a boost converter operating with the example auxiliary circuit is discussed in detail, and general guidelines for the design and implementation of auxiliary circuits belonging to the new family are given. The feasibility of the example auxiliary circuit is confirmed by experimental results obtained from a 500-W, 100-kHz boost converter laboratory prototype.
Date of Publication: March 2006