SNVSB79A November 2018 – July 2019 LM25180
The LM25180 uses a variable-frequency, peak current-mode (VFPCM) control architecture with three possible modes of operation as illustrated in Figure 20.
The LM25180 operates in boundary conduction mode (BCM) at heavy loads. The power MOSFET turns on when the current in the secondary winding reaches zero, and the MOSFET turns off when the peak primary current reaches the level dictated by the output of the internal error amplifier. As the load is decreased, the frequency increases in order to maintain BCM operation. The duty cycle of the flyback converter is given Equation 1, where VD is the forward voltage drop of the flyback diode as its current approaches zero.
As the load decreases, the LM25180 clamps the maximum switching frequency to 350 kHz, and the converter enters discontinuous conduction mode (DCM). The power delivered to the output in DCM is proportional to the peak primary current squared as given by Equation 5 and Equation 6. Thus, as the load decreases, the peak current reduces to maintain regulation at 350-kHz switching frequency.
At even lighter loads, the primary-side peak current set by the internal error amplifier decreases to a minimum level of 0.3 A, or 20% of its 1.5-A peak value, and the MOSFET off-time extends to maintain the output load requirement. The system operates in frequency foldback mode (FFM), and the switching frequency decreases as the load current is reduced. Other than a fault condition, the lowest frequency of operation of the LM25180 is 12 kHz, which sets a minimum load requirement of approximately 0.5% full load.