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Multi-phase buck converter design with two-phase coupled inductors

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3 Author(s)
Wu, Wenkai ; Int. Rectifier, North Kingstown, RI, USA ; Nai-Chi Lee ; Schuellein, G.

Ever increasing demand for higher current, lower voltage and faster dynamic response imposes a challenge for multi-phase buck converter designs. Coupling the output inductors of multi-phase buck has the potential to reduce steady-state power losses while maintaining or even improving dynamic performance. Two-phase coupled inductors take advantage of magnetic coupling, have a physically symmetrical structure and with identical magnetic characteristics, and avoid the sub-harmonic output ripple current inherent in coupled inductor designs where the number of phases is larger than two. This paper presents the configuration and design methodology of implementing two-phase coupled inductor in multi-phase buck converters. Although the number of phases is preferred to be even, the design procedure has been extended to converters with any number of phases.

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Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, 2006. APEC '06. Twenty-First Annual IEEE

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19-23 March 2006