Volodymyr A. Muratov - Durham NC
Robert G. Hodgins - Durham NC
Thomas A. Jochum - Durham NC
Intersil Corporation - Palm Bay FL
A DC-to-DC converter has a pulse width modulator PWM) and a hysteretic (ripple) modulator. For low current loads, the hysteretic modulator is selected; for high current loads, the PWM is selected. A mode selection switch senses the polarity of the switched output voltage at the end of each switching cycle. If the polarity changes from one cycle to the next, the mode may be instantly changed to the other mode. Counters are used to record the polarity at the end of each cycle and switching from one mode to another can be delayed by the counters to prevent changing modes based on spurious output voltage fluctuations.