Title

An Experimental Approach for Locating the Current Distribution in Multiphase Buck Converters

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to present a methodology for identifying the current flow in the capacitors of a multiphase buck converter by synchronously measuring the capacitor currents. A multiphase buck converter uses multiple parallel buck converters with different switching times to source a large amount of current. Currents in the primary capacitors of a multiphase buck converter are drawn by all phases of the converter; however, the phases switch asynchronously. Synchronizing to the switching of a specific phase reveals how the current from that phase is distributed among the capacitors throughout a circuit board. The proposed measurement method is illustrated by comparing an initial printed circuit board design to a new design to show the effect of better capacitor placement and the addition of a ground plane. The new design confines the phase currents to the capacitors close to the field effect transistors of the specific phase.

Department(s)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Laboratory

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0018-9375

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

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