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Mina Nashed's Paper Appears in IEEE TPEL

Mina NashedCongratulations to Mina Nashed for the publication of his paper entitled "A Current-Mode Hysteretic Buck Converter with Spur-Free Control for Variable Switching Noise Mitigation" in the IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.

In this paper, a current-mode hysteretic buck converter is proposed. The converter employs a spur-free constant-cycle frequency-hopping controller that fully eliminates spurs from the switching noise spectrum irrespective of variations in the switching frequency and operating conditions. As a result, the need for frequency regulation loops to ensure non-varying switching frequency (i.e. fixed spurs location) in hysteretic controllers is eliminated. Moreover, compared to frequency regulation loops, the proposed converter offers the advantage of eliminating mixing and interference altogether due to its spur-free operation, and thus, it can be used to power, or to be integrated within noise-sensitive systems while benefiting from the superior dynamic performance of its hysteretic operation. The proposed converter uses dual-sided hysteretic band modulation to eliminate the inductor current imbalance that results from frequency hopping along with the output voltage transients and low-frequency noise floor peaking associated with it. Moreover, a feedforward adaptive hysteretic band controller is proposed to reduce variations in the switching frequency with the input voltage, and an all-digital soft-startup circuit is proposed to control the in-rush current without requiring any off-chip components. The converter is implemented in a 0.35-μm standard CMOS technology and it achieves 92% peak efficiency.