Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Electrical Engineering

Major Professor

Selcuk Kose, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Lingling Fan, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Ismail Uysal, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Hao Zheng, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Mucahit Kozak, Ph.D.


DC-DC power conversion, switched capacitor circuits, reconfigurable architectures, transient response, integrated circuits


Switched-capacitor (SC) DC-DC converters provide a viable solution for on-chip DC-DC conversion as all the components required are available in most processes. However, power efficiency, power density characteristics of SC converters are adversely affected by the integration, and characteristics such as response time and noise can be further improved with an on-chip converter. An analysis on speed, power efficiency, and noise performance of SC converters is presented and verified using simulations. Based on the analysis two techniques, converter-gating and adaptive gain control, are developed. Converter-gating uses a combination of smaller stages and reconfiguration during transient load steps to improve the power efficiency and transient response speed. The stages of the converter are also distributed across the die to reduce the voltage drop and noise on power supply. Adaptive gain control improves transient response through manipulation of the gain of the integrator in the control loop. This technique focuses on improving the response time during converter reconfiguration and offers a general solution to transient response improvement instead of focusing on the worst case scenario which is usually the largest transient load step. The techniques developed are then implemented in ST 28nm FDSOI process and test methodologies are discussed.