Design a Simple, Efficient and Reliable Forward Converter

September 01, 2012 // By Electronics EETimes

Due to the high cost and inflexibility of isolated DC/DC converter modules, many designers are choosing to implement a discrete design that is better matched to their application. In particular, the forward converter with active clamp reset has been widely used in custom supplies because of its excellent efficiency and reduced component stress. While the active clamp reset technique has advantages, it also introduces performance limitations and potential reliability concerns that have limited the scope of its use.