Improving peak current-mode control: Page 3 of 5

May 10, 2013 //By Terry Allinder
Improving peak current-mode control
Terry Allinder of Texas Instruments focuses on a novel method to improve the performance of peak current-mode control.
is ( Equation 6 ):


Forced to over design
The analysis shows that the input power, which is calculated at the minimum input line voltage, increases from 6.81W to 8.12W, which is a 16.1% increase. This forces power-supply designers to over design the power stage. Figure 3 is a plot of V OUT versus the output current (I OUT) of a power supply operating with peak current-mode control.

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Figure 3. Peak current-mode control V OUT vs. I OUT.

Novel implementation of peak current-mode control
To improve the performance of peak current-mode control, a novel method of biasing up the peak primary current as seen across the current sense resistor was developed, line current limit feed-forward. In the flyback converter topology we can take advantage of the transformer auxiliary winding, which is used to provide bias power to the controller. Referring to Figure 4 , while the main flyback switch is on, Q1, the voltage on the auxiliary winding is negative and proportional to the rectified line voltage ( Equation 7 ).


Where: naux is the number of turns on the flyback primary (Np) divided by the number of turns on the transformer auxiliary (naux) winding.

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Figure 4. Flyback converter with feed forward.

The input to the PWM QR pin of the controller is a current mirror. As the voltage on the auxiliary winding goes negative, a current (IQR) proportional to the input rectified line voltage is mirrored by a gain of 100 ( Equation 8 ), and injected on to the current sense resistor to offset the current sense voltage (VCS OFFSET). The current into the QR pin is set with a resistor RFF.


The first step is to force the peak current at the maximum V IN to produce the same input power as we calculated at the

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