An Analytical Method to Evaluate and Design Hybrid Switched-Capacitor and Multilevel Converters

Yutian Lei, Wen Chuen Liu, Robert Carl Nikolai Pilawa-Podgurski

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This paper investigates the use of multilevel conversion in dc-dc applications that require a large voltage conversion ratio. A quantitative method that can serve as a guide to compare and design multilevel topologies for large conversion ratio applications is presented. The proposed method keeps the conduction loss and switching loss constant across the different converters and employs the passive component volume as the single performance metric. As examples, flying capacitor multilevel converters and hybrid switched-capacitor (SC) converters are compared to conventional two-level buck converters, and are shown analytically to have significantly reduced passive component size. Three converter prototypes are implemented, based on the presented methodology to experimentally validate the method as well as demonstrate the advantages of multilevel and hybrid SC converters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7891047
Pages (from-to)2227-2240
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Hybrid switched-capacitor
  • flying-capacitor multilevel
  • large conversion ratio
  • multilevel
  • passive component volume
  • switched-capacitor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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