Toward Monolithic Integration of Mains Interfaces

  • Hans Meyvaert
  • Michiel Steyaert
Part of the Analog Circuits and Signal Processing book series (ACSP)


This chapter is the first in a set of four chapters, to discuss and report on the main focus of this work: the investigation and realization of miniaturized transformerless power converters to interface the mains voltage, and deliver an output voltage that is compatible with the supply voltage of modern low-voltage CMOS technologies. Therefore the functionality resembles that of the traditional AC–DC converter, which has become a ubiquitous component in the household to the extent that most users no longer take notice of what a central place this common component takes up in daily life. Especially with the growing popularity of connected mobile devices and the smartphone in particular, which has an exceptional hard time to last through the day on a single battery charge, the little AC–DC adapter can be regarded as a gadget enthusiast’s best friend. The integration focus of mains interfaces in this work is not to replace the current AC–DC adapters, but to extend upon the available mains converters by adding efficient and compact mains conversion at power levels below the current spectrum.


Passive Component Power Converter Voltage Rating Output Power Specification Voltage Conversion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Meyvaert
    • 1
  • Michiel Steyaert
    • 2
  1. 1.Kessel-LoBelgium
  2. 2.LeuvenBelgium

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