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No-Load Power Reduction Technique for AC/DC Adapters

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4 Author(s)
Byoung-Hee Lee ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Korea Adv. Inst. of Sci. & Technol., Daejeon, South Korea ; Ki-Bum Park ; Chong-Eun Kim ; Gun-Woo Moon

The burst-mode control is generally used to regulate the output voltage of the ac/dc adapter under either lighter no-load condition. Although the burst-mode control reduces the switching loss, the control-IC and the feedback circuit at the output side still consume a large amount of power. In order to further reduce the power consumption at no-load condition, a no-load power reduction technique for ac/dc adapters is proposed in this paper. At first, the proposed technique employs a control-IC ON/OFF scheme to reduce the power consumption of the control-IC while the gate signal of primary power switch is idle. In addition, an out-put voltage drop scheme is adopted to cut down on the loss of the feedback circuit because the output voltage of the ac/dc adapter is not required to be regulated when the ac/dc adapter is disconnected from the load system. Thus, the proposed technique can greatly reduce the no-load power consumption below 30 mW. To verify the validity of the proposed technique, loss analysis and experimental results of 65 W/17.5 V ac/dc adapter are presented.

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Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 8 )