A device and method for hybrid feedback control of a switch-capacitor multi-unit voltage regulator are presented. A multi-unit switched-capacitor (SC) core includes a plurality of SC converter units, each unit with a capacitor and a plurality of switches controllable by a plurality of switching signals. Power switch drivers provide a switching signal to each SC converter unit. A secondary proactive loop circuit includes a feedback control circuit configured to control one or more of the plurality of switches. A comparator is configured to compare the regulator output voltage with a reference voltage and provide a comparator trigger signal. Ripple reduction logic is configured to receive the comparator trigger signal and provide an SC unit allocation signal. A multiplexer is configured to receive a first clock signal, a second clock signal, and the SC unit allocation signal and provide a signal to the power switch drivers.
The present invention reveals a semiconductor chip structure and its application circuit network, wherein the switching voltage regulator or converter is integrated with a semiconductor chip by chip fabrication methods, so that the semiconductor chip has the ability to regulate voltage within a specific voltage range. Therefore, when many electrical devices of different working voltages are placed on a Printed Circuit Board (PCB), only a certain number of semiconductor chips need to be constructed. Originally, in order to account for the different demands in voltage, power supply units of different output voltages, or a variety of voltage regulators need to be added. However, using the built-in voltage regulator or converter, the voltage range can be immediately adjusted to that which is needed. This improvement allows for easier control of electrical devices of different working voltages and decreases response time of electrical devices.
A circuit having dynamically controllable power. The circuit comprises a plurality of pipelined stages, each of the pipelined stages comprising two clocking domains, a plurality of switching circuits, each switching circuit being connected to one of the pipelined stages, first and second power sources connected to each of the plurality of pipelined stages through the switching circuits, the first power source supplying a first voltage and the second power source supplying a second voltage, wherein the first and second power sources each may be applied to a pipelined stage independently of other pipelined stages, first and second complementary clocks, and a plurality of latches connected to the first and second complementary clocks and to the plurality of pipelined stages for proving latch-based clocking to control the first and second clocking domains and to enable time-borrowing across the plurality of switching circuits. The first voltage differs from the second voltage and the plurality of pipelined stages interpolates between the first and second voltages to provide differing effective voltages between the first and second voltages.