Patent Number: 7,272,021

Title: Power converter with isolated and regulated stages

Abstract: In a power converter, the duty cycle of a primary winding circuit causes near continuous flow of power through the primary and secondary winding circuits during normal operation. By providing no regulation during normal operation, a very efficient circuit is obtained with a synchronous rectifier in the secondary operating at all times. However, during certain conditions such as start up or a short-circuit, the duty cycle of the primary may be reduced to cause freewheeling periods. A normally non-regulating isolation stage may be followed by plural non-isolating regulation stages. To simplify the gate drive, the synchronous rectifiers may be allowed to turn off for a portion of the cycle when the duty cycle is reduced. A filter inductance of the secondary winding circuit is sufficient to minimize ripple during normal operation, but allows large ripple when the duty cycle is reduced. By accepting large ripple during other than normal operation, a smaller filter inductance can be used.

Inventors: Schlecht; Martin F. (Lexington, MA), Farrington; Richard W. (Heath, TX)

Assignee: SynQor, Inc.

International Classification: H02M 3/335 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-09-18 0:00:00