Modern devices have driven the need for compact, low-cost off-line regulators. Off-line regulators that use inductors are efficient but are often large and costly. This project will describe how to implement a circuit that instead uses a capacitor-coupled switched shunt regulator controlled by a Dialog GreenPAK SLG46110. This circuit can provide a low-cost AC-DC converter for low-power applications such as smart lighting.

Below we described steps needed to understand how the AC-DC converter has been programmed. However, if you just want to get the result of programming, download GreenPAK software to view the already completed GreenPAK Design File. Plug the GreenPAK Development Kit to your computer and hit the program to design the device.

Operation Principle of CCSS Topology

At a basic level, shunt regulators consist of two elements: a voltage regulator in parallel with the load (shunt) and a current-limiting element in series between the supply and load. The shunt regulator used in this project is specifically a capacitor-coupled switched shunt (CCSS) regulator (Figure 1). When the switch is closed, it short circuits the input current to the ground. When it is open, diode D5 diverts the input current to the load. Besides the series capacitor (Cs), the highest voltage seen by the other components is one diode drop above Vout.

As with all shunt regulators, the input current to a CCSS regulator is constant regardless of load but varies with input voltage and the series capacitance. Although current will always be drawn even under no-load conditions this current is mainly reactive with a small real. The input current can be estimated with the following equation:

𝐼𝑖𝑛 = 𝑉𝑖𝑛 / 𝑋𝑐

Output voltage regulation is achieved by controlling the duty cycle of the switched shunt. The MOSFET shunt turns off when the Vout is below the desired regulation threshold, sending all the input current to the output. When Vout exceeds that threshold, the MOSFET shunt turns on, sending all the input current instead to the ground and back to the input. The shunt is synchronized to turn on when the voltage across it (Vrac) is low to minimize the applied voltage step across Cs resulting in a more efficient operation.

The following diagram shows the operation of this control manner from a timing perspective.

Figure 2 describes the CCSS timing diagram:

Output voltage decays under load until

It hits the Vout threshold which

Turns off the shunt

Freeing the Vrac from GND

Vrac is clamped by D5 (Vout-0.6V) when Vout starts to rise until

Vrac falls below Vout as AC input

Vrac falls to Vrac threshold …

The shunt is turned on, Vrac is clamped by GND …

Output voltage decays under load and the cycle repeats.

The MOSFET cannot turn-on immediately when Vout exceeds the threshold, which results in an overshoot at the output. A larger capacitance for Cout or operating the regulator over a narrower input voltage range can minimize the overshoot.

Circuit Schematic and Layout

Figure 3 depicts the circuit schematic of the low power AC-DC converter module. It uses the SLG46110 (U1) to control the CCSS. The module operates at an input AC voltage range from 90V to 260V(CN1), and over a non-isolated output of 3.3V (CN2). An optional LDO (U2) is added after the Vout to further stabilize the output voltage. The SLG46110 device generates the control signal that switches the MOSFET shunt (Q1) based on the Vout and Vrac threshold levels. 1N5817 Schottky diodes were used for D1 and D2. Since the dissipation factor (DF) of CS has a large effect on the efficiency of the circuit, a 1µF capacitor with a relatively small DF of 40 x 10-4 is used for CS. Figure 4 shows a picture of the PCB Layout of the board. Figure 5 shows a photograph of the complete design PCB described in this project.

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