Boost converters are very important circuits for modern devices, especially battery- operated integrated circuits. This type of converter allows for small voltages, such as those provided by a battery, to be converted into larger voltage more suitable for driving integrated circuits. Two regions of operation are explored known as Continuous Conduction Mode and Discontinuous Conduction Mode. Each region is analyzed in terms of DC and small-signal performance. Control issues with each are compared and various error amplifier architectures explored. A method to optimize these amplifier architectures is also explored by means of Genetic Algorithms and Particle Swarm Optimization. Finally, stability measurement techniques for boost converters are explored and compared in order to gauge the viability of each method. The Middlebrook Method for measuring stability and cross-correlation are explored here.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

DC-to-DC converters--Design and construction; Electric power system stability; Integrated circuits

Publication Date


Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

Microelectronic Engineering (KGCOE)


Bowman, Robert


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in December 2013. Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TK7872.C8 F76 2013


RIT – Main Campus

Plan Codes