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Highly detailed models of power-electronic converter circuits can be slow to simulate due to the wide disparity in transient time scales. This paper presents a framework for multi-resolution simulation of switching converter circuits by providing an appropriate amount of detail based on the time scale and phenomenon being considered. In this approach, a detailed full-order model that accounts for the higher-order effects of components, parasitics, switching nonlinearity (e.g., saturated inductors), switching event detection, etc., is constructed first. Efficient order-reduction techniques are then used to extract several lower order models for the desired resolution of the simulation. The simulation resolution can be adjusted as needed even during a simulation run time. The state continuity across different resolutions and switching events is ensured using appropriate similarity transforms. The proposed high-fidelity model of converter is verified with hardware measurement and is used to verify different simulation resolutions. The proposed methodology is demonstrated to achieve orders of magnitudes improvement in simulation speed.