A 0.6 V Input CCM/DCM Operating Digital Buck Converter in 40 nm CMOS

Xin Zhang, Po-Hung Chen, Yasuyuki Okuma, Koichi Ishida, Yoshikatsu Ryu, Kazunori Watanabe, Takayasu Sakurai, Makoto Takamiya
2014 IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits  
This paper presents a 0.6 V input, 0.3-0.55 V output buck converter in 40 nm CMOS, for low-voltage low-power wireless sensor network systems. A low power CCM/DCM controller of the buck converter enables automatic selection of DCM or CCM operation depending on load situation, therefore improving the power efficiency. A dual-mode-body-biased (DMBB) zero-crossing detector with both forward body bias mode and zero body bias mode is designed to enable DCM operation with both low supply voltage and
more » ... rmal supply voltage. An ultra-low-power hysteresis voltage detector is proposed for body bias modes selection. The proposed buck converter achieves a peak efficiency of 94% with an output current range of 50 µA to 10 mA. Thanks to the DCM operation, the efficiency at an output current of 10 µA is improved by 20% and 9%, with an output voltage of 0.35 V and 0.5 V, respectively. Index Terms-Buck converter, DC-DC converter, forward body bias, low voltage, voltage detector.
doi:10.1109/jssc.2014.2339325 fatcat:gxobrfmxrzhlxotvwgat3ps4la