International Journal on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Vol. 1 (2011) No. 4, pages: 441-446, Proceeding of the International Conference on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology (ICASEIT 2011), Bangi, Malaysia, 14-15 January 2011, DOI:10.18517/ijaseit.1.4.90

Comparative Study of 4-Switch Buck-Boost Controller and Regular Buck-Boost

Taufik Taufik, Justin Arakaki, Dale Dolan, Makbul Anwari


A very important characteristic that dc-dc converters require is the ability to efficiently regulate an output voltage with a wide ranging value of input voltages. A recently developed solution to this requirement is a synchronous 4-Switch Buck-Boost controller developed by Linear Technology. The Linear Technology’s LTC3780 controller chip enables  the adoption of a 4-Switch switching topology as opposed to the traditional single-switch Buck-Boost topology. In this paper, the LTC3780’s 4-Switch BuckBoost topology is analyzed and its performance is compared against those of the regular single-switch Buck-Boost topology. Results from computer simulations demonstrate the benefits of using the 4-switch approach than the conventional buck-boost method.


Buck-boost; 4-Switch buck-boost; controller

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