# thingmaker3 -> Cboot calc.

#### HellTriX

Joined Apr 11, 2008
83
This question is not just for thingmaker3 if anyone else has the answers I seek.
Cboot > (Qg + Dmax*Tsw*Idrv ) / ΔV

Where:
Qg is the gate charge of the MOSFET
Dmax is the maximum duty-cycle​
Tsw is the switching period​
Idrv is the average consumption of the driver​
ΔV is the ripple you accept across the bootstrap capacitor​

So I tried the calculation its much more simple then the one I was going to use from the application guide, but I'm getting a fairly large value.

So lets do one.
Cboot must be larger than: (Qg + Dmax*Tsw*Idrv ) / ΔV

(.00000017 + .75*20000*.2) / 2
is equal to 1500.000000085. This would appear to be 1500 farads?
What am I doing wrong?

Or, if I don't convert to actual values I could do:
(170nC + 75% * 20khz * 200mA) / 2v
and get a value of 235 which I could assume means 235 picofarads?

So a tally of the issues I'm having:
1) Did I do any of the calculations right?
2) Do I use the average current of my driver or peak pulse current?
3) What happens when you get to duty cycles of 1% and 99%?
4) A 2V ripple? Meaning I'm driving with 12v and will allow it to sag to 10v.

Thanks
TriX

#### thingmaker3

Joined May 16, 2005
5,084
Why are you using a six hour switching period? Oh, I see now, you've substituted the frequency for the period. #### thingmaker3

Joined May 16, 2005
5,084
The formula, by the way, comes from Christophe Basso, author of Switch Mode Power Supplies: SPICE Simulations and Practical Designs.

#### HellTriX

Joined Apr 11, 2008
83
Why are you using a six hour switching period? Oh, I see now, you've substituted the frequency for the period. Mmk so I should use switching period instead?

The switching period is 0.00002 for 20khz? (I'm not sure on this).

When I do (.00000017 + .75*.00005*.2) / 2
I come up with .000003835 or 3.8uF.
Which seems closer to reality.

#### thingmaker3

Joined May 16, 2005
5,084
Period is the multiplicative reciprocal of frequency. Divide one by frequency to get period. 1/20000 = 0.00005