A complete, detailed methodology for SC converter analysis, optimization and implementation is derived. These methods specify device choices and sizing for each capacitor and switch in the circuit, along with the relative sizing between switches and capacitors. This method is advantageous over previously-developed analysis methods because of its simplicity and the intuition it lends towards the design of SC converters. The strengths and weaknesses of numerous topologies are compared amongst themselves and with magnetics-based converters. These methods are incorporated into a MATLAB tool for converter design.
This design methodology is applied to three varied applications for SC converters. First, a high-voltage hybrid converter for an autonomous micro air vehicle is described. This converter, weighing less than 150mg, creates a supply of 200V from a single lithium-ion cell (3.7V) to supply the aircraft's actuators. Second, a power-management integrated circuit (IC) is presented for a wireless sensor node. This IC, with a target quiescent current of 1 uA, supplies the system voltages of the PicoCube wireless sensor node. Finally, the initial design of a high-current-density SC voltage regulator is presented for low-footprint microprocessor applications.