Design of an on-chip hybrid DC-DC converter
Document typeConference lecture
PublisherUniversitat Rovira i Virgili
Rights accessOpen Access
This paper shows the design of a hybrid on-chip VLSI DC-DC converter for low to medium integrated circuit power consumption that combines a switching and a linear regulator in parallel. The main goal is to take the best of both approaches, obtaining good power efficiency as in switching converters with small voltage output ripple as in linear converters. While the switching regulator is used to drive most of the load current, the linear regulator supplies the required current to filter out the steady state ripple due to inductor switching without the need of a filtering output capacitor. In addition, the latter regulator supplies the required current when the load changes abruptly and the inductor current is momentarily insufficient. The design has been tested with simulations using a standard 180 nm CMOS technology showing good performance.
CitationMartinez, H. Design of an on-chip hybrid DC-DC converter. A: Annual Seminar on Automation, Industrial Electronics and Instrumentation. "Proceedings of the XXI Annual Seminar on Automation, Industrial Electronics and Instrumentation". Tangier: Universitat Rovira i Virgili, 2014, p. 1-4.