A class B switch-mode assisted linear amplifier

Walker, G.R. (2003) A class B switch-mode assisted linear amplifier. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 18(6), pp. 1278-1285.

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Abstract

A switch-mode assisted linear amplifier (SMALA) combining a linear (Class B) and a switch-mode (Class D) amplifier is presented. The usual single hysteretic controlled half-bridge current dumping stage is replaced by two parallel buck converter stages, in a parallel voltage controlled topology. These operate independently: one buck converter sources current to assist the upper Class B output device, and a complementary converter sinks current to assist the lower device. This topology lends itself to a novel control approach of a dead-band at low power levels where neither class D amplifier assists, allowing the class B amplifier to supply the load without interference, ensuring high fidelity. A 20 W implementation demonstrates 85% efficiency, with distortion below 0.08% measured across the full audio bandwidth at 15 W. The class D amplifier begins assisting at 2 W, and below this value, the distortion was below 0.03%. Complete circuitry is given, showing the simplicity of the additional class D amplifier and its corresponding control circuitry.

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ID Code: 62438
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Class B amplifier, class D amplifier, Dead-band, Distortion, Half-bridge current, Hysteretic controlled, Parallel buck converter, SMALA, Topology
DOI: 10.1109/TPEL.2003.818825
ISSN: 0885-8993
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600) > Industrial Electronics (090603)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 IEEE
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Deposited On: 13 Sep 2013 01:45
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2014 23:24

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