Synchronous rectifier controller meets demand for improved efficiency

Continuing its strategy to meet the industry-wide demand for increased power density and improved efficiency, Diodes

Incorporated has introduced the ZXGD3113 synchronous rectifier controller.

When coupled with a MOSFET, the pairing can be used to replace lossy Schottky rectifiers in power supplies based on a flyback or resonant converter topology. The ZXGD3113 controls an external MOSFET, such as the 100V 16-mOhm N-channel DMT10H015LPS, configured to operate as an ideal diode.

Replacing a Schottky rectifier with the ZXGD3113+MOSFET can significantly increase the efficiency of AC-DC power supplies targeting the industrial, consumer and telecommunications markets. With improved efficiency, this negates the need for a heatsink to save space compared with a lossy Schottky rectifier, says the company.

The smaller form-factor SOT26 reduces the solution size from the industry-standard SO8 and, by operating up to 250kHz, the PSU designers can use smaller transformers, further saving space and BOM costs.

Providing the control to a low R DS(ON) MOSFET, the ZXGD3113 achieves greater efficiency by using proportional gate drive, enabling it to turn off the synchronous MOSFET when operating in continuous conduction mode, although it can operate in discontinuous conduction mode and critical conduction mode.

Other features include a low threshold voltage of less than 10mV enabling the control of low RDS(ON) MOSFET, and peak source/sink currents of 1.5/3A, respectively, to support efficient driving of the synchronous MOSFET.

A wide operating voltage from 3.5V to 40V means the device can be driven directly by a PSU output down to 3.5V, while giving sufficient headroom to handle overvoltage spikes or operate at higher VCC rails such as 24V.

The ZXGD3113 synchronous rectifier controller and DMT10H015LPS MOSFET are priced at $0.24 and $0.40 respectively each in 3,000 piece quantities.

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