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San José State University
College of Engineering/Electrical Engineering
EE174: Analog Peripheral for Embedded Systems
Section 01, Fall 2016
LAB3 DC-DC Converter
Boost Converter
Switched mode supplies can be used for many purposes including DC to DC converters. Often, although
a DC supply, such as a battery may be available, its available voltage is not suitable for the system being
supplied. For example, the motors used in driving electric automobiles require much higher voltages
than could be supplied by a battery alone. The answer to this problem is to use fewer batteries and to
boost the available DC voltage to the required level by using a boost converter. The DC input to a boost
converter can be from many sources as well as batteries, such as rectified AC from the mains supply, or
DC from solar panels, fuel cells, dynamos and DC generators.
Fig. 3.2.1 illustrates the basic circuit of a Boost converter. However, in this example the
switching transistor is apower MOSFET, both Bipolar power transistors and MOSFETs are
used in power switching, the choice being determined by the current, voltage, switching
speed and cost considerations. The rest of the components are the same as those used in
the buck converter illustrated in Fig. 3.1.2, except that their positions have been rearranged.
VOUT = VIN / (1 – D)
Boost converter Operation
Fig 3.2.2 illustrates the circuit action during the initial
high period of the high frequency square wave applied
to the MOSFET gate at start up. During this time
MOSFET conducts, placing a short circuit from the right
hand side of L1 to the negative input supply terminal.
Therefore a current flows between the positive and
negative supply terminals through L1, which stores
energy in its magnetic field. There is virtually no current
flowing in the remainder of the circuit as the
combination of D1, C1 and the load represent a much
higher impedance than the path directly through the
heavily conducting MOSFET.
Fig. 3.2.3 shows the current path during the low period
of the switching square wave cycle. As the MOSFET is
rapidly turned off the sudden drop in current causes L1
to produce a back e.m.f. in the opposite polarity to the
voltage across L1 during the on period, to keep current
flowing. This results in two voltages, the supply voltage
VIN and the back e.m.f.(VL) across L1 in series with each
other. This higher voltage (VIN +VL), now that there is no
current path through the MOSFET, forward biases D1.
The resulting current through D1 charges up C1 to
VIN +VL minus the small forward voltage drop across D1,
and also supplies the load.
Fig.3.2.4 shows the circuit action during MOSFET on
periods after the initial start up. Each time the MOSFET
conducts, the cathode of D1 is more positive than its
anode, due to the charge on C1. D1 is therefore turned
off so the output of the circuit is isolated from the
input, however the load continues to be supplied with
VIN +VL from the charge on C1. Although the charge C1
drains away through the load during this period, C1 is
recharged each time the MOSFET switches off, so
maintaining an almost steady output voltage across the
load. The theoretical DC output voltage is determined
by the input voltage (VIN) divided by 1 minus the duty
cycle (D) of the switching waveform, which will be some
figure between 0 and 1 (corresponding to 0 to 100%)
and therefore can be determined using the following
VOUT = VIN / (1 – D)
General Description The MCP16251/2 is a compact, high-efficiency, fixed frequency,
synchronous step-up DC-DC converter. This family of devices provides an easy-to-use power
supply solution for applications powered by either one-cell, two-cell or three-cell alkaline, NiCd,
NiMH, one-cell Li-Ion or Li-Polymer batteries. A low-voltage technology allows the regulator to
start up without high inrush current or output voltage overshoot from a low voltage input. High
efficiency is accomplished by integrating the low-resistance N-Channel boost switch and
synchronous P-Channel switch. All compensation and protection circuitry are integrated to
minimize external components. MCP16251/2 operates and consumes less than 14 µA from
battery, while operating at no load (VOUT = 3.3V, VIN = 1.5V). The devices provide a true
disconnect from input to output (MCP16251) or an input-to-output bypass (MCP16252), while
in shutdown (EN = GND). Both options consume less than 0.6 µA from battery. Output voltage is
set by a small external resistor divider. Two package options, SOT-23-6 and 2 x 3 TDFN-8, are
Required Task:
Build the Boost converter circuit using Microchip MPC16251 as shown above
Obtain the Line Regulation: Vary the input voltage from 1.5V to 3.0V and plot the
output voltage as the function of the input voltage for a constant output load.
Configure the on board evaluation module to generate a regulated output voltage
of 3V, and observe the waveforms mentioned in Figure 2.19-2.24 and compare with
the simulation results.
Vary the input voltage for a regulated output voltage of 3V and observe the change
in the duty cycle of the PWM waveform. Use Table below to record the readings.
Compare the readings with simulation results and plot the graph between the input
voltage and duty cycle. Is the plot linear?
Vary the input voltage for a fixed load and observe the output voltage. Use Table
below for taking the readings for line regulation
Observe the inductor voltage and output voltage.
Observe output ripple voltage.