Universal buck converter reference design for educational purposes


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This universal buck converter reference design features a voltage mode buck converter in combination with a tiny, onboard electronics load to demonstrate the relationship in-between small-signal analysis in frequency domain (network analysis) and large signal analysis in time domain (transient response). The loop bandwidth has been squeezed to maximum with a crossover frequency at 20 kHz+. When using this converter design in mass production, it is recommended to use compensation values for a crossover frequency of 15 kHz with a safe-gain margin. In this design, the loop bandwidth has been exhausted to test Bode function of measurement equipment and demonstrate the impact of drain jitter (subharmonic noise) regarding power integrity.

  • Extra-low input voltage < 16 V for safety reasons
  • 2.5-mm jack to use cost-effective 12-V wall adapter
  • Input filter to demonstrate attenuation of reflected ripple (conducted emissions)
  • RC snubber circuit to demonstrate RF ripple reduction (radiated emissions)
  • Load and load control could be fully disconnected from input and output for efficiency measurement
  • Numerous test points to access all voltages and waveforms
Output voltage options PMP30595.1
Vin (Min) (V) 8
Vin (Max) (V) 16
Vout (Nom) (V) 5
Iout (Max) (A) 1
Output Power (W) 5
Isolated/Non-Isolated Non-Isolated
Input Type DC
Topology Buck- Non Sync
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A fully assembled board has been developed for testing and performance validation only, and is not available for sale.

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Design files

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TIDT095.PDF (1880 K)

Test results for the reference design, including efficiency graphs, test prerequisites and more

TIDRZ99.PDF (135 K)

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* Test report Universal buck converter reference design for educational purposes Mar. 08, 2019

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