Masters Theses

Orcid ID

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Electrical Engineering

Major Professor

Daniel Costinett

Committee Members

Benjamin Blalock, Leon Tolbert


The growth of the information technology sector has increased demand for high-density, high-efficiency point-of-load (POL) converters. As industry continues to demand an increase in server processing power, high-current operation presents challenges to designing high-efficiency POL converters. Increased conduction and overlap losses induce significant power losses in high-power modes. The introduction of Gallium-Nitride (GaN) switching devices and the implementation of zero-current-switching (ZCS) topologies for POL applications have the potential to improve converter efficiency while maintaining or surpassing the industrial power density standard. This thesis addresses the challenges presented by high-current operation by demonstrating an accurate power loss model of the quasi-resonant zero-current-switching (QR-ZCS) buck converter and presents a comparison between the synchronous buck and QR-ZCS buck in a 5-1.8 V POL application.

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