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VLSI Technology 2022
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A 90.4% Peak Efficiency 48V/1V Three-Level Hybrid Dickson Converter with Gradient Descent Run-Time Optimizer and GaN/Si Hybrid Conversion

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This work presents a 48V/1V DC-DC Point-of-Load (POL) converter for efficient high voltage conversion in data centers. The converter includes (1) a three-level hybrid Dickson topology with GaN/Si hybrid conversion achieving efficient flying capacitor (C F ) utilization. (2) A gradient descent run-time optimizer finding optimal switching frequency (f SW ) and number of fingers turned on (N F ) during converter’s operation. (3) A 10bit hybrid ADC for current sensing. The test chip is fabricated in 0.18μm BCD process and shows a 90.4% peak efficiency at 48V-1V conversion with a 240 A/ $ inch^3 $ current density.

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12 Jun 2022

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VLSI Technology 2022

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