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Switched-capacitor-based DC-to-DC converter with improved input current waveform

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3 Author(s)
Chung, H. ; Dept. of Electron. Eng., City Univ. of Hong Kong, Hong Kong ; O, B. ; Ioinovici, A.

A new type of DC-to-DC converter is proposed by using dual basic quasi-switched-capacitor (QSC) converter cells. The prominent feature of this converter is its improved input current waveform, which can reduce the electromagnetic interference due to the conducted emissions as compared to the classical PWM-type and SC-based converters. The concept of energy transfer is realized by two symmetrical converter cells, operating in two cyclical phases. The d.c. voltage conversion ratio is determined by the voltage applied to the quasi-switch in each cell for controlling the charging trajectory of the capacitors in order to maintain a constant output voltage for a wide range of load and supply voltage. As the converter does not contain any inductive element, it makes the converter of small size, light weight, high power density and possible in IC form. The small-signal frequency response shows that the designed converter has good operation stability. A prototype of 36 W, 12 V/9 V, step-down DC-to-DC converter has been built, giving an overall efficiency of 73% with power density of 20 W/in3

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Circuits and Systems, 1996. ISCAS '96., Connecting the World., 1996 IEEE International Symposium on  (Volume:1 )

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12-15 May 1996

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