Feedback loops aren't what they used to be. Gone are the days of a single feedback path, an external or discreet error amplifier, and a direct connection from output to input. Gone also are the days of voltage mode control, even though it is a better choice in some applications. The majority of power supplies manufactured today throughout the world use a similar topology. Multiple outputs with coupled inductors each feed the common summing node of a TL431 "programmable zener" error amplifier. The TL431 drives the diode portion of an opto-coupler, with the transistor portion on the primary (line) side of the isolation barrier controlling the operating point of a current-mode control chip. The internal error amplifier on the current-mode control chip may or may not be used as a buffer and/or gain stage. Learn more by downloading our white paper that details practical tips in dealing with the problems made by modern topologies.
In this white paper, you'll learn:
• How It Works
• Measuring Voltage Loop Gain
• Measuring Current Loop Gain
• Improving the Voltage Loop
• Dealing with Multiple Outputs and Coupled Inductors
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