PFC Controllers

ST power factor correction controllers operate in transition mode (TM) and continuous current mode (CCM), and are suitable for a wide-range-mains operation. In systems where high current capability (provided by CCM operation) and the affordability of TM operation are both required, ST proposes a third solution based on a proprietary and patented solution:  fixed off time (FOT). This method is based on a simple modification of a standard TM PFC controller operation, and requires just a few additional passive parts with no significant extra costs.

All transition mode PFC controllers have an internal multiplier that significantly reduces the internal total harmonic distortion (THD), making SMPS more efficient and thus compliant with EN61000-3-2 and other energy-saving regulations.

These devices embed advanced protection features, which make SMPS more robust and compact, requiring fewer external components. These features include output overvoltage, brown-out, feedback disconnection and boost inductor saturation protection.

The high voltage start-up capability, present in the L6564H and L6563H, helps improve the SMPS standby efficiency in systems that do not include the auxiliary power supply.

Configurable high-efficiency interleaved PFC digital controller

ST has extended its portfolio of digital controllers with the STNRGPF01, a three-channel interleaved CCM PFC controller. Ideal for high power applications (above 1 kW), it delivers the flexibility and high efficiency of digital power without the technical challenges and time to develop custom DSP code. It can be easily and quickly configured using ST’s eDesignSuite online design environment. Simply enter the converter specs and run the configurator to generate the schematic, BoM, and downloadable firmware to configure the IC.

Main characteristics

  • Up to 3-channel interleaved boost PFC
  • Configurable phase-shedding strategy to maintain high efficiency across all load conditions
  • Flexible frequency (up to 300 kHz) to control either an IGBT or MOSFET output stage
  • I2C and UART interfaces for monitoring and control


eDesignSuite is a comprehensive set of easy-to-use design-aid utilities ready to help you streamline the system development process with a wide range of ST products.

Power Management Design Center

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Power Supply Design Tool

SMPS design, by topology, by type and by product
PFC design with analog and digitial control
Supports various PCB configurations
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Solar Battery Charger

LED Lighting Design Tool

Handles AC-DC and DC-DC design in common topologies
Displays interactive and annotated schematic
Provides current/voltage graphs, Bode plots, efficiency curves and power-loss data
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Digital Power Workbench

Provides a step-by-step optimized design of power section and control loop
Generates the STM32Cube embedded software package for custom applications and allows firmware project generation, compatible with multiple STM32 IDEs
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ZVS Totem Pole PFC
Vienna Rectifier
3-Level T-type Converter

Power Tree Designer

Specify input/output power for each node in the tree
Check for consistency
Design each individual node