Concept of Bootstrapping in Electronics

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hoyyoth

Joined Mar 21, 2020
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schmitt trigger

Joined Jul 12, 2010
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Bootstrapping comes from the analogy of lifting the feet higher from the ground, by pulling yourself from the straps in your boots.

It is an imperfect analogy, but you see the point: lifting a voltage from its ground.
This helps in the case of a SMPS output, to provide a proper gate drive to a high side Mosfet, when the source of that Mosfet may be lifted from ground hundreds of volts.
 

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hoyyoth

Joined Mar 21, 2020
13
Bootstrapping comes from the analogy of lifting the feet higher from the ground, by pulling yourself from the straps in your boots.

It is an imperfect analogy, but you see the point: lifting a voltage from its ground.
This helps in the case of a SMPS output, to provide a proper gate drive to a high side Mosfet, when the source of that Mosfet may be lifted from ground hundreds of volts.
Hi Schmitt,

Thank you...

"lifting a voltage from its ground",may I know what this statement mean.We always need a ground in circuit rt.
Does it mean we are changing the reference ground?

Regards
Hari
 

crutschow

Joined Mar 14, 2008
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Bootstrapping for power devices is often done by charging a capacitor to some desired voltage with one end of the cap at ground potential, and then lifting that capacitor ground connection to a higher potential (say the original charging voltage source).
The voltage at the top of the capacitor to ground will then be twice the charging voltage.
Remember, all voltages are relative between two points.

This bootstrapping is useful if you want a simple way to generate a voltage above the supply voltage, such as to drive a high-side N-MOSFET fully on, that requires a very small average current.
 

BobTPH

Joined Jun 5, 2013
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If you really want a challenge, look up boostrapping in a class AB audio amp. It took me the longest time to understand how that works. (It really is the same thing as the other examples.)

Bob
 

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hoyyoth

Joined Mar 21, 2020
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If you really want a challenge, look up boostrapping in a class AB audio amp. It took me the longest time to understand how that works. (It really is the same thing as the other examples.)

Bob
Hi Bob,

Thank you
Could you please send me the circuit.

Regards
Hari
 
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