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App note: Influence of control loop by an output filter

Posted on Sunday, June 11th, 2017 in app notes by DP

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Application note from Würth Elektronik about the effect of filters that are added to the output of switching regulators. Link here

The output voltage of switching regulators has a voltage ripple that can disturb with electrical power supplied circuits and lead to electromagnetic disturbances. Thus output filters are often used for noise suppression, which may under certain circumstances have an influence on the control loop. To prevent output power losses it may be necessary to compensate the control loop.

No matter what switching regulator topology is used, as a result of the parasitic series resistor ESR and the parasitic inductance ESL of the output capacitor, the output current causes an undesired residual ripple. Depending on the capacitor type selected, a relatively large residual ripple is created, which has varying wave forms. A common electrolytic capacitor, for example, can have a ripple voltage of up to a few hundred millivolt, depending on the output power of the switching regulator. If a ceramic capacitor is chosen, the ripple voltage may only be a few tenth of a Volt.

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One Response to “App note: Influence of control loop by an output filter”

  1. Ross says:

    Come on Wurth! A few hundred millivolts is the same as a few tenths of a volt!

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