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The paper developed an improved analytical subdomain model for predicting the open-circuit magnetic field in surface-mounted permanent magnet machines accounting for the tooth-tips in the slots. The whole field domain is divided into four types of simple subdomains, viz. magnets, air-gap, slot openings, and slots. The analytical expression of each subdomain is derived and the field solution is obtained by applying the boundary conditions and interface conditions between subdomains. Compared with the conventional subdomain models, the subdomain model accounting for tooth-tips can accurately predict the flux density inside the slots. Based on the developed field model, the cogging torque is computed by the Maxwell stress tensor. The finite element analysis is carried out to validate the analytical model. It shows that the developed subdomain model accounting for tooth-tips is more accurate, especially for the machines having larger slot opening width compared with tooth-tip height.