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Portable applications require multiple supplies with different output levels and some applications also require negative outputs. Single-inductor multiple-output (SIMO) switchers are a good for existing parallel output configurations. This study presents an SIMO dc-dc converter capable of generating buck, boost, and inverted outputs simultaneously. The operation of this class of converter being driven by the ripple in the inductor current the conventional averaging method does not work well. An inductor current ripple-based modeling approach has been proposed to accurately model and analyze the converter. The control, cross-coupling, and cross-regulation transfer functions, generated through the model, accurately represent the performance of the converter. The proof of concept has been carried out with discrete components on an in-house built PCB and the experimental results validating the steady state and ac responses of the converter are presented.
Date of Publication: April 2012