A Fast Transient Response ESR-Controlled Fixed Frequency Hysteretic Buck Converter
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Modern application processors (microprocessors and Digital Signal Processors) are power hungry and demand power management solutions that can withstand their frequent and high slew-rate load transients while regulating their supply in a tight voltage tolerance. Hysteretic converter has excellent transient response performance but its variable switching frequency causes concern for electromagnetic interference in noise sensitive applications. A new frequency stabilization scheme for hysteretic buck dc-dc converters is proposed in this thesis. The equivalent series resistance (ESR) of the output capacitor is regulated by a phase-locked loop (PLL) to stabilize the operating frequency of the converter. The proposed fixed frequency ESR-controlled converter achieves a fixed 2MHz switching frequency, with less than 1µs response time to a 500mA load step while limiting undershoot and overshoot on the output voltage to 50mV and 40mV respectively. The performance of the presented work shows that the ESR of the output capacitor of a Hysteretic Buck Converter can be controlled to stabilize the switching frequency of the Hysteretic DC-DC Converter.
Kwarteng, Ntiamoah (2016). A Fast Transient Response ESR-Controlled Fixed Frequency Hysteretic Buck Converter. Master's thesis, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from