Elegant active power factor correction circuit achieves up to 99% efficiency The widespread use of active Power Factor Correction (PFC) circuit is becoming even more popular as government agencies demand more effective use of grid supply capacities. A typical PFC circuit includes a diode bridge for rectifying the ac source and a boost stage to force the input current proportional to the input voltage. The rectifier bridge consumes a significant part of the circuit loss; therefore, many topology innovations for bridge-less PFCs have emerged. But most suffer from either common-mode (CM) electromagnetic interference (EMI) or other issues and, therefore, are not practical.
By YiFeng Wu and Liang Zhou, Transphorm Inc.
May 2013 Edition of Bodo's Power
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