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LM2731: Different results produced by same design for LM2731XMF/NOPB

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Part Number: LM2731

Hi Team,

I am posting this on behalf of our customer regarding their situation with the different results in the circuit products by Webench design.

Here is the statement of the customer:
Same design was run on webench on 2 different dates this year (May and August). August report now produces much worse results. Pd of controller jumps from 18mW to 50mW for exact same design! efficiency drops from 90% to 82%.. We built this circuit and its efficiency is ~80%. not what we were designing for. what's going on? Are the specs for the FET in the controller worse than what's been modeled in webench? 
What is the source of this difference?
Is it a webench error or an error in the part’s datasheet?


Here's the comparison table of the customer in the same design:


Also, please see this pdf attached for the two the same designs of the customer:
WBDesign 6.5V 50mA 82.4%.pdfWBDesign_6.5V_50mA_85C (1).pdf

Please let me know if you have any questions for the customer.

Thanks,

Jonathan

12 Replies

  • Hi Jonathan,

    I'll loop the WEBENCH team to answer your question.

    Regards,
    Zack Liu
    Boost Converter Solution

  • In reply to Zack Liu:

    Hi Zack, 

    Please note that there are no changes in the efficiency equations. There has been update in mosfet parameters after this post on discrepancy in efficiency curves 

    Thanks and Regards,

    Atul


     

     

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  • In reply to Atul Kulkarni9:

    are you sure the mosfet parameter errors are this severe? we're talking about a 270% increase in power dissipation for the ic and 300% in other webench designs we have done

    What is the source of this difference?
    Is it a webench error or an error in the part’s datasheet?

  • In reply to tom greene1:

    Hello Tom,

    Please let us know the condition or share the design where you are observing 270%  mismatch in the efficiency.

    We try to match the Webench efficiency with board data with +/-3 percent mismatch with exceptions at light load conditions. 

    Thanks and Regards,

    Atul


     

     

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  • In reply to Atul Kulkarni9:

    Hi Atul. this is frustrating. i have already shared the design reports and hilited the differences

    below is another screenshot showing the same design generated by webench on 5/1/2020 and then on 8/5/2020. ic power dissipation jumps from 18.412 to 49.922 mw. thats a 270% INCREASE!!!

    again, i ask, are you sure the mosfet parameter errors are this severe? 

    What is the source of this difference?

    Is it a webench error or an error in the part’s datasheet?

    since this device does not meet our expected efficiency 89% can you please provide ASAP an alternate design with a different ic that will.

    errors are this severe? What is the source of this difference?Is it a webench error or an error in the part’s datasheet?

  • In reply to tom greene1:

    Hi Atul

    can you please provide me with an update to my last posting?

    thx

    Tom

  • In reply to tom greene1:

    Hi Tom,

    Apologise for the delayed reply.

    We checked the design and found that we made changes in the mosfet parameters (rise and fall time) some time in MAY due to which there is change in the efficiency( looks like the new efficiency is matching with the board.)

    We usually fine tune mosfet parameters like rise time, fall time which are difficult to calculate to have the WEBENCH efficiency close to the bench results at different operating conditions. This in turn affects the IC_PD as this is converter device.

    Due to change in rise and fall time , the switching loss has increased which contains the term (rise time+fall time)*fsw and the efficiency is decreased. Also the the values are calculated with number of iterations.

    Since the design is for light load, even a slight change in parameters, the change in power will be high percentage wise. 18mW to 45mW in this case. 

    We observed that TPS61040 provides better efficiency for this condition.We will get back to you on the part that can be used after consulting the product line. 

    Thanks and Regards,

    Atul.


     

     

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  • In reply to tom greene1:

    Hi Tom,

    You can select TPS61085.

    Regards,
    Zack Liu
    Boost Converter Solution

  • In reply to Zack Liu:

    hi Zack, thanks so much for the information. we looked at the TPS61085 and compared it to the TPS61087 since the TPS61087 has a smaller package size and we have tight space constraints. the only difference i saw was a larger current rating of 3.2A. please let me know if you see any issues going with this part.

    we are also looking at a 5.5V design version, same specs (3.3V-3.7V input, 50ma out, >90% eff, shielded L, ceramic C small fp). would this controller be suitable for this lower voltage version as well? webench seemed to recommend LM2698MM-ADJ.

    on a separate note, we are having a similar issue with another webench design using the TPS61170QDRVRQ1 for a 24V design. instead of getting 87% efficiency, we're getting 75%. ive included the report for your reference. what i would like to know is if there are other controller ics including this one that might also be modeled with the wrong parameters. we are also looking at a 22V version in hopes to get a better efficiency result.WBDesign22 24V 50mA 85C new design.pdf

  • In reply to Atul Kulkarni9:

    Hi Atul,

    thank you for the reply on the mosfet paramaters. however, can ypu please clarify your comment below? did the change in rise and fall times occur in the datasheet specs or the modeling parameters entered into the webench tool?

    Due to change in rise and fall time , the switching loss has increased which contains the term (rise time+fall time)*fsw and the efficiency is decreased. Also the the values are calculated with number of iterations.

    thanks,

    Tom

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