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In this paper, a new zero-voltage switching (ZVS) buck converter with a tapped inductor (TI) is proposed. This converter improves the conventional tapped inductor critical conduction mode buck converters that have the ZVS operation range determined by the TI turn ratios. It includes another soft switching range extension method, the current injection method, which gives an additional design freedom for the selection of the turn-ratios and enables the optimal design of the winding ratio of the TI so that the efficiency may be maximized. This soft-switching buck converter is suitable for wide input range step-down applications. The principle of the proposed scheme, analysis of the operation, and design guidelines are included. Experimental results of the 100-W prototype dc-dc converter are given for hardware verification also. Finally, based on the proposed soft-switching technique, a new soft-switching topology family is derived.
Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:54 , Issue: 8 )
Date of Publication: Aug. 2007