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  1. Abstract
    1.     Trademarks
  2. Introduction
  3. Summary Table
  4. Fundamentals of Switchmode DC/DC Converters
  5. Control – Mode Architecture
  6. Design, Layout, and Manufacturing Support
  7. Thermal Considerations
  8. Low Noise and Controlling EMI
  9. Device-Specific Technical Discussions
  10. Calculation, Simulation, and Measurement Techniques
  11. 10DC/DC Converter Applications
  12. 11Revision History

Calculation, Simulation, and Measurement Techniques

This section presents an overview of techniques to perform accurate calculations, simulations and measurements of the performance of a low power DC/DC converter in an application.

Calculating Efficiency:SLVA390

This application report provides a step-by-step procedure for calculating buck converter efficiency and power dissipation at operating points not provided by the data sheet.

MOSFET Power Losses and How They Affect Power-Supply Efficiency:SLYT664

This article revisits some of the basic principles of power supplies and then addresses how MOSFETs—the power stage of any switching-voltage regulator—affect efficiency.

Output Ripple Voltage for Buck Switching Regulator:SLVA630

In this application report, the analytical model for the output voltage waveform and peak-to-peak ripple voltage for buck is derived. This model is validated against SPICE TINA-TI simulations.

Accurately Measuring Efficiency of Ultralow-IQ Devices:SLYT558

This article reviews the basics of measuring efficiency, discusses common mistakes in measuring the light-load efficiency of ultralow-IQ devices and demonstrates how to overcome them in order to get accurate efficiency measurements.

Performing Accurate PFM Mode Efficiency Measurements:SLVA236

This note describes guidelines that assist the user in acquiring accurate PFM mode efficiency measurements.

How to Measure the Loop Transfer Function of Power Supplies:SNVA364

This application report shows how to measure the critical points of a bode plot with only an audio generator (or simple signal generator) and an oscilloscope. The method is explained in an easy to follow step-by-step manner so that a power supply designer can start performing these measurements in a short amount of time.

Simplifying Stability Checks:SLVA381

This application report explains a method for verifying relative stability of a circuit by showing the relationship between phase margin in an AC loop response and ringing in a load-step analysis.

How to Measure the Control Loop of DCS-Control™ Devices:SLVA465

This application report reviews the basics of measuring control loops, and discusses the changes for the family of DCS-Control™ devices.

Loop Gain Reconstruction of a Step-Down Converter from Output Impedance Measurement:SLUAAI0

This application note explains how to achieve a stability analysis only by performing an output impedance measurement. This method is compared to the commonly used voltage injection method and then described step-by-step to enable power engineers to quickly start performing these measurements.

How to Measure Impedance of a Power Distribution Network of a DC-DC Converter:SLUAAI3

This application note explains how to measure the Power Distribution Network (PDN) impedance of a DC-DC converter with a 2-port shunt-through measurement, suitable for measuring down to milliohm impedances at very high frequency. The method can be reproduced in a short amount of time using common instruments available in most laboratories.

HS Load/Line Transient Jigs and App Rpt for Testing POL Regulators:SNOA895

This application note discusses good practice and fundamentals for transient analysis in the lab, and describes the construction of some improved transient test devices.

Measuring the Bode Plot of D-CAP™, D-CAP2™, and D-CAP3™ DC/DC Converters:SLUAAF4

The stability test is an important part of the evaluation of a DC/DC converter. If done properly, the Bode plot result can be a very quick and useful way to help you gauge the stability of the converter. In the absence of a theoretical analysis, use a network analyzer to measure the Bode plot and confirm the stability of the design.