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A pulsewidth modulation (PWM) control technique suitable for fully controlled three-phase ac/dc converters is analyzed, which gives sinusoidal input currents and ideally smoothed dc voltage. The technique allows four-quadrant operation and full-range control of the input power factor. An extension to a simplified converter scheme, capable of one-quadrant operation, is also considered. Operation of the converter is analyzed under both ideal and actual conditions. Control implementation and design criteria are discussed and experimental results are reported.