Adaptive high-bandwidth digitally controlled buck converter with improved line and load transient response

Albert T.L. Lee, Johnny K.O. Sin, Philip Ching Ho Chan

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Digitally controlled switching converter suffers from bandwidth limitation because of the additional phase delay in the digital feedback control loop. To overcome the bandwidth limitation without using a high sampling rate, this study presents an adaptive third-order digital controller for regulating a voltage-mode buck converter with a modest 2× oversampling ratio. The phase lag because of the analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) conversion time delay is virtually compensated by providing an early estimation of the error voltage for the next sampling time instant, enabling a higher unity-gain bandwidth without compromising stability. An additional pair of low-frequency pole and zero in the third-order controller increases the lowfrequency gain, resulting in faster settling time and smaller output voltage deviation during line transient. Both simulation and experimental results demonstrate that the proposed adaptive third-order controller reduces the settling time by 50% in response to a 1 V line transient and 30% in response to a 600 mA load transient, compared to the baseline static second-order controller. The fastest settling time is measured to be about 11.70 μs, surpassing the transient performance of conventional digital controllers and approaching that of the state-of-the-art analogue-based controllers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-526
Number of pages12
JournalIET Power Electronics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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