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1 Effects of Parasitic Components in High-Frequency Resonant Drivers for Synchronous Rectification MOSFETs Department of Information Engineering – DEI University of Padova, ITALY Speaker: Giorgio Spiazzi

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2 Outline Review of voltage source driver topologyReview of voltage source driver topology Analysis of resonant voltage source driver topologiesAnalysis of resonant voltage source driver topologies –Unclamped turn-on and clamped turn-off –Clamped turn-on and clamped turn-off –Unclamped turn-on and unclamped turn-off Analysis of parasitic component effectsAnalysis of parasitic component effects

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3 Voltage Source Topology +V dd S1S1 S2S2 R ch M Dissipative driver V gon + R on C + v C (t) i(t) R on = R DSon(S1) +R ch +R g

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4 Possible energy recovery to output in VRM applications Resonant Driver DR1 V dd VoVo + + S1S1 S2S2 D b1 D b2 D c1 L ext M Unclamped turn-on and clamped turn-off

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5 Resonant Driver DR1 Unclamped turn-on and clamped turn-off t ri T on t fu V Con I pk_p V Coff I pk_n t v C (t) i(t) I1I1 T off i g (t) V dd VoVo + + S1S1 S2S2 D b1 D b2 D c1 L ext M vCvC + - i(t)

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6 Resonant Driver DR1 Turn-on phase t ri T on t fu V Con I pk_p V Coff I pk_n t v C (t) i(t) I1I1 T off i g (t) V dd + S1S1 D b1 R DSon C L ext M L int + V Db R Lp RgRg V gon + R on L C + v C (t) i(t) Resonant circuit parameters

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7 Resonant Driver DR1 Inductor current and capacitor voltage Final capacitor voltage If Q on >>1:

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8 Unclamped Resonance Q = 1000 Q = 10 Q = 5 Q = 2 Q = 1 Q = 0.5 [V N ][I N ] Normalized capacitor voltage and inductor current as a function of o t for different Q values (v C (0) = 0, V N = V gon, I N = V gon /Z o ) T on

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9 Unclamped Resonance [V N ] [ ] Q Normalized final capacitor voltage Normalized final capacitor voltage Ideal performance comparison between a voltage source and an unclamped resonant drivers 0.5

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10 Unclamped Resonance High Q means high L, that means lower resonant frequency, i.e. higher turn on intervalHigh Q means high L, that means lower resonant frequency, i.e. higher turn on interval Minimum loss resistance is the SR gate internal resistance R gMinimum loss resistance is the SR gate internal resistance R g For a voltage source topology:

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f sw [MHz] R on [ ] Voltage source topology Unclamped resonance topology Q = 4 Q = 2 Q = 1 Maximum R on Q = 0.5 R on_min = 0.05, k = 0.8, R on_min = 1, C = 10nF = 0.05, k = 0.8, R on_min = 1, C = 10nF

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12 V goff + R off -R g L C + v C (t) i(t) RgRg + V Dc i g (t) Resonant Driver DR1 Turn-off phase t ri T on t fu V Con I pk_p V Coff I pk_n t v C (t) i(t) I1I1 T off i g (t) V goff + R off L C + v C (t) i(t)

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13 DR1 Characteristics both switches S 1 and S 2 turn on and off at zero current; the control signals of S 1 and S 2 have no critical timing, the only requirement being to avoid any cross conduction; the switching times of S 1 and S 2 have no influence in the circuit behavior; S 1 and S 2 body diodes are not used (they have high voltage drop and bad reverse recovery behavior); switch lead inductances as well as any parasitic inductance due to traces and layout simply add to the external inductance (they are actually exploited by the circuit); different T on and T off times can be easily achieved; T off interval duration as well as the amount of recovered energy depends on V o value (disadvantage); S 2 command signal must be suitably higher than V o to completely turn it on (disadvantage). No low impedance paths during on and off intervals

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14 Resonant Driver DR2 D c1 and D c2 can be substituted by MOSFETs, thus ensuring a low impedance path to V dd an to ground during on-time and off-time t ri t fi T on T off t fu V Con I pk_p V Coff I pk_n t t ru t fw v C (t) i(t) I2I2 I3I3 i g (t) Clamped turn-on and clamped turn-off +V dd S1S1 S2S2 D c1 D c2 L ext M

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15 V gon + R on L C + v C (t) i(t) V dd + R Lp L C + v C (t) i(t) RgRg + V Dc i g (t) + V D2 V dd + R on -R g L C + v C (t) i(t) RgRg + V Dc i g (t) Resonant Driver DR2 t ri t fi T on T off t fu V Con I pk_p V Coff I pk_n t t ru t fw v C (t) i(t) I2I2 I3I3 i g (t) Turn-on phase

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16 DR2 Characteristics both S 1 and S 2 switches turn on at zero current, but they turn off almost at the inductor peak current; the control signals of S 1 and S 2 have critical timing, having to minimize the freewheeling intervals t fw, in order not to adversely affect the overall efficiency; the switching times of S 1 and S 2 have a great influence on the circuit behavior, causing a significant power loss at turn off (see point 1) as well as increase of T on and T off intervals; S 1 and S 2 body diodes are involved during the recovery of the inductor energy; switch lead inductances as well as any parasitic inductance due to traces and layout have a great impact on the circuit behavior, since they cause high frequency parasitic oscillations at turn off and delay S 1 and S 2 turn off times; V Con value is easily controlled by the supply voltage V dd (advantage)

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17 Resonant Driver DR3 +V dd S1S1 S2S2 D b1 D b2 L ext M Unclamped turn-on and unclamped turn-off T on T off V Con I pk_p V Coff I pk_n t v C (t) i(t)

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18 DR3 Characteristics Same considerations as DR1. Moreover: high V Con values can be achieved with very low supply voltage V dd ; V dd value must be higher than the threshold voltage of S 1 (p-channel MOSFET) in order to fully turn it on; the driver needs some oscillating cycles in order to achieve a steady state operation

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19 Losses Comparison S 1,2 = IRF7319S 1,2 = IRF7319 D b1,2, D cl, and D c1,2 = STPS1L40UD b1,2, D cl, and D c1,2 = STPS1L40U Switching frequency: f sw = 1.8MHzSwitching frequency: f sw = 1.8MHz Maximum diode voltage drop: V Dc = V Db = 0.63VMaximum diode voltage drop: V Dc = V Db = 0.63V External inductance parasitic resistance: R Lp = 200mExternal inductance parasitic resistance: R Lp = 200m External inductance: L ext = 30nH (DR1), L ext = 35nH (DR2), L ext = 30nH (DR3)External inductance: L ext = 30nH (DR1), L ext = 35nH (DR2), L ext = 30nH (DR3) Internal gate resistance: R g = 0.25Internal gate resistance: R g = 0.25 Equivalent gate capacitance: C = 10nFEquivalent gate capacitance: C = 10nF Supply voltage: V dd = 5V (DR1), V dd = 6.8V (DR2), V dd = 3.85V (DR3)Supply voltage: V dd = 5V (DR1), V dd = 6.8V (DR2), V dd = 3.85V (DR3) VRM output voltage for DR1: V o = 1.3VVRM output voltage for DR1: V o = 1.3V Driver parameters:

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20 Losses Comparison: calculations Details of Losses Calculation for DR1 (V Con = 7.41V, L ext = 30nH, V dd = 5V, V o = 1.3V) P dd [mW] P Db1,2 [mW] P Dcl [mW] P R [mW]P o [mW]P Loss [mW] T on, T off [ns] I pk [A] P Tot_loss [mW] Turn on Turn off R DS(on) [ ] V D [V] L Sint [nH] L Dint [nH] T sw_off [ns] Q V GS =5V [nC] Q V GS =7V [nC] IRF 7319 p-MOS n-MOS MOSFET S 1 and S 2 parameters

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21 Losses Comparison P dd [mW]P Db1,2 [mW] P R [mW]P Loss [mW] T on, T off [ns]I pk [A]P Tot_loss [mW] Turn on Turn off Details of Losses Calculation for DR3 (V Con = 7.44V, V Coff = -3.71V,L ext = 30nH, V dd = 3.85V) (V Con = 7.44V, V Coff = -3.71V, L ext = 30nH, V dd = 3.85V) Details of Losses Calculation for DR2 (V Con = 7.43V, L ext = 35nH, V dd = 6.8V) P dd [mW] P dd_recovered [mW] P D1,2 [mW] P Dcl,2 [mW] P R [mW] P Loss [mW] T on, T off [ns] I pk [A] P Tot_loss [mW] Turn on Turn off

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22 Losses Comparison Driver DR2 losses do not include S 1 and S 2 switching losses: at turn-on: P sw_on = 220mW at turn-off: P sw_off = 135mW Total DR1 losses: P tot_loss = 502mW Total DR2 losses: P tot_loss = = 929mW Total DR3 losses: P tot_loss = 773mW

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23 Experimental Waveforms: DR1 v C [2V/div] v Rs [100mV/div] V GS_n-MOS [1V/div] v G_p-MOS [1V/div] v DS_n-MOS [2V/div] With L ext C Load = 10nF (smd), R s = 0.1, U alim = 5V, f sw = 1.8MHz RsRs D cl1 + V Rs + VCVC C

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24 Experimental Waveforms: DR1 v C [2V/div] v Rs [200mV/div] V GS_n-MOS [1V/div] v G_p-MOS [1V/div] v DS_n-MOS [2V/div] Without L ext C Load = 10nF (smd), R s = 0.1, U alim = 5V, f sw = 1.8MHz RsRs D cl1 + V Rs + VCVC C

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25 Experimental Waveforms: DR2 v C [2V/div] v Rs [100mV/div] V GS_n-MOS [2V/div] v G_p-MOS [2V/div] v DS_n-MOS [2V/div] With L ext C Load = 10nF (smd), R s = 0.1, U alim = 7.5V, f sw = 1.8MHz T pNMOS = 58.4ns, T pPMOS = 58.4ns (misurati a 1V)

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26 Experimental Waveforms: DR2 v C [2V/div] v Rs [200mV/div] v G_p-MOS [2V/div] V GS_n-MOS [2V/div] v DS_n-MOS [2V/div] Without L ext C Load = 10nF (smd), R s = 0.1, U alim = 7.5V, f sw = 1.8MHz T pNMOS = 58.4ns, T pPMOS = 58.4ns (misurati a 1V)

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27 Experimental Waveforms: DR3 With L ext v C [2V/div] v Rs [100mV/div] V GS_n-MOS [1V/div] v G_p-MOS [1V/div] v DS_n-MOS [2V/div] C Load = 10nF (smd), R s = 0.1, U alim = 4V, f sw = 1.8MHz

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28 Experimental Waveforms: DR3 Without L ext v C [2V/div] v Rs [200mV/div] V GS_n-MOS [1V/div] v G_p-MOS [1V/div] v DS_n-MOS [2V/div] C Load = 10nF (smd), R s = 0.1, U alim = 4V, f sw = 1.8MHz

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29 Effect of Device Parasitic Capacitances R Lp + vCvC C + L ext i(t) v Cp CpCp + V dd The final capacitor voltage during turn on is lower than expected, especially for driver DR2. Why? Effect of devices output capacitances vCvC v DS_n-MOS iLiL [V,A] Time V Con V Coff T on_sw = 150ns X axis scale = 50ns/div vCvC v DS_n-MOS iLiL [V,A] Time V Con V Coff T on_sw = 90ns V Con_nominal

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30 Effect of Device Parasitic Capacitances T sw-cond = 60ns T sw-cond = 90ns DR2 Measurements: V dd = 7V, f sw = 1.8MHz, L ext = 0 v c (t) [2V/div] Time [100ns/div]

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31 Effect of Device Parasitic Capacitances DR2: Effect of Switch Conduction Time on V Con and V Coff (V dd = 7V, R s = 0)

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32 DR1 Power Losses at Different V dd (R s = 0, V o = 0)

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33 DR2 Power Losses at Different V dd (R s = 0, T sw-cond = 58.4ns)

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34 DR3 Power Losses at Different V dd (R s = 0)

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35 Internal MOSFET Inductance For the same V dd value, the final V Con voltage without the external inductor L ext in DR1 and DR3 (and, to a less extent, also in DR2) is much lower than the corresponding value with L ext, and this phenomenon is more pronounced at lower V dd valuesFor the same V dd value, the final V Con voltage without the external inductor L ext in DR1 and DR3 (and, to a less extent, also in DR2) is much lower than the corresponding value with L ext, and this phenomenon is more pronounced at lower V dd values This result can be explained only by a lower Q on factor of the circuit without L ext, i.e. a higher R DSon of the p-channel MOSFET S 1 caused by a reduced gate-to-source voltage due to the voltage drop across the internal source inductance (4nH for the IRF7319) that becomes worse at higher di/dt values, i.e. without L ext. This explains why the observed phenomenon is more pronounced at lower V dd values, and justify why DR1, that requires a higher V dd than DR3 to achieve the same V Con value, has lower overall losses than DR3 even without energy recovery.This result can be explained only by a lower Q on factor of the circuit without L ext, i.e. a higher R DSon of the p-channel MOSFET S 1 caused by a reduced gate-to-source voltage due to the voltage drop across the internal source inductance (4nH for the IRF7319) that becomes worse at higher di/dt values, i.e. without L ext. This explains why the observed phenomenon is more pronounced at lower V dd values, and justify why DR1, that requires a higher V dd than DR3 to achieve the same V Con value, has lower overall losses than DR3 even without energy recovery.

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36 Resonant VRM Square-wave operation of the primary half-bridge Zero-voltage and zero-current commutations of SR MOSFETs Q 1 and Q 2 Operation at f s = 1.8MHz, V IN = 48V, V o = 1.3V, I o = 50A Resonant drivers for SRs V IN + HB 1 HB 2 LRLR N:1 CACA CBCB C2C2 C1C1 L F1 L F2 Q2Q2 Q1Q1 + VOVO i F2 CFCF RLRL i F1 iRiR + + TRTR V GS_Q1 V GS_Q2 V C1 V C2

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37 VRM Prototype 4 IRF7836 SR MOSFETs (Q g = GS = 4.5V, R g = 1 )

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38 Experimental Waveforms: DR1 V GS1 [2V/div] V GS2 [2V/div] DR1 measured waveforms driving 4 IRF7836 SR MOSFETs (no energy recovery) P loss = 1W each HB 1 HB 2

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