Optimal inductor current in boost DC/DC converters operating in burst mode under light-load conditions
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This letter analyzes how the efficiency of boost dc/dc converters operating in burst mode under light-load conditions can be improved by an appropriate selection of the inductor current that transfers energy from the input to the output. A theoretical analysis evaluates the main power losses (fixed, conduction, and switching losses) involved in such converters, and how do they depend on the inductor current. This analysis shows that there is an optimal value of this current that causes minimum losses and, hence, maximum efficiency. These theoretical predictions are then compared with experimental data resulting from a commercial boost dc/dc converter (TPS61252), whose average inductor current is adjustable. Experimental results show that the use of the optimal inductor current, which was around 340 mA for an output voltage of 5 V, provides an efficiency increase of 7%.
CitationReverter, F., Gasulla, M. Optimal inductor current in boost DC/DC converters operating in burst mode under light-load conditions. "IEEE transactions on power electronics", 1 Gener 2016, vol. 31, núm. 1, © © 2017 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works., p. 15-20.