High-Efficient High Frequency Linked Zero Voltage Soft Switching PWM DC/DC Power Converter with ON/OFF-Assisted Synchronous Rectifier Scheme

Shinji Sato, Serguei Moisseev, Manabu Ishitobi, Eiji Hiraki, Mutsuo Nakaoka

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Advanced development of the high frequency pulse modulated DC/DC power converters are indispensable in order to achieve smaller size, higher performances of the power supplies. In recent years the problems of the electromagnetic noise generation caused by the hard-switching pulse width modulation (PW.M)-based high frequency operation of the switching power devices have been significant, including switching losses mid switching surges. As result a variety of soft-switching power conversion circuit technologies have been attracted special interests for reducing switching power losses and minimizing electromagnetic interference. The soft-switching pulse modulation of DC/DC power circuit topologies can be divided into continuous current mode resonant type and quasi-resonant voltage mode type. The soft-switching DC/DC converters, a continuous current mode zero current soft-switching (ZCS) DC/DC converter with pulse frequency modulation (PFM) has been already put into a practical use. In this sort of power converters soft-switching commutation can be achieved over wide load variation ranges and high stability can be also performed, but high current peak stress through power semiconductor devices arises, however, and it causes relatively large increase of conduction power losses in the power semiconductor devices, high frequency transformers as well as rectifier diodes. As a result, the problem of a high efficiency for DC/DC power converter could not still unsolved. Thereupon, in this paper, quasi-resonant voltage mode based soft-switching PWM DC/DC power converter with a high frequency transformer link is presented, which has on/off assisted synchronous rectifier in its secondary side. The PWM operation of this converter is described in comparison with conventional one. Due to using power MOSFET as on/off assisted synchronous rectifier in the secondary side of the high frequency isolated transformer, it is possible to achieve stable zero voltage soft-switching (ZVS) conditions from no load to the rated load for minimum requirement of a magnetizing current. As result of a high value of the magnetizing inductance design, the power converter actual efficiency of this converter can be designed so as to above 97% in experiment. Moreover, results of a switching losses analysis are discussed from an experimental point of views in this paper. The effectiveness of the power converter treated hare is proved from a practical point of view by using 32kHz-2.5kW breadboard setup.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1414-1421
Number of pages8
Journalieej transactions on industry applications
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • high-frequency transformer link
  • on-off assisted synchronous rectifier
  • power MOSFETs
  • pulse width modulation DC/DC converter
  • zero-voltage soft-switching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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