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Efficient Planar Integrated Transformer-Inductor with High PCB Utilization and Optimized Core
  • Ahmed Nabih
Ahmed Nabih
Virginia Teck

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Abstract

This paper addresses the challenges associated with the high winding and core loss in the Integrated Transformer-Inductor (ITL). To overcome these challenges, we propose an improved winding design of the ITL by utilizing idle shielding layers for inductor integration within the matrix transformer. This method offers full printed circuit board (PCB) utilization, where all layers are consumed as winding, resulting in a significant reduction in the winding loss of the ITL.
Moreover, we propose an improved core structure of the ITL that offers better flux distribution of the leakage flux within the magnetic core. This method reduces the core loss by more than 50\% compared to the conventional core structure.
We demonstrate the effectiveness of our proposed concepts by presenting the design of the ITL used in a high-efficiency, high-power-density 3-kW 400-V-to-48-V LLC module. The proposed converter achieves a peak efficiency of 98.7\% and a power density of 1050 W/in3.
2023Published in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics on pages 1-10. 10.1109/TIE.2023.3294637