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thecyberdude 27th January 2005 12:41 PM

My Class D SMPA project
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After reading a bunch of interesting discussions in this forum I thougt I might share some of my own experiences concerning class D amps.

I've build a class D amp based on the Zetex ZXCD1000 controller.
Output stage incorporates both n-ch and p-ch FET's (IRF540 + IRF5210) in a full bridge topology with capacitivly coupled gate drive. No NFB.

Efficiency is approx. 91% @ 140W/4 ohm (45V supply voltage, 2Vpp, 1kHz sinewave input).

I have not meassured THD performance yet but at first glance it works pretty well. I think the prototype will do as a reasonable counterpoise for further improvements (I'm currently working on a up-grade aiming for 500W/4ohm).

Attached is a picture of the prototype board.


phase_accurate 27th January 2005 12:53 PM

That looks damnbloodynice and clean !! :cool:



mskeete 27th January 2005 01:53 PM

Hi, A few questions
How does it sound ?
Are you sticking with P & N channel fets for the 500w version ?



thecyberdude 27th January 2005 02:04 PM

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Here is a picture of the bottom side of the PCB. As one might see a few modifications were necessary in order to get things to work propperly.

Board dimensions are: 70mm x 80mm (height 30 mm)

Anybody else who has experiences with the ZXCD1000 controller?

The fact that the Zetex controller provides an integrated solution (internal triangle generator and pwm comparator) solves a lot of PCB layout issues otherwise encountered with a more "discrete" design. Well, at least that is my experience after have tried a few other approaches with disappointing results! An other point of interest is the use of a solid ground plane (70u) and seperation of power ground and signal ground (must be connected at one point only!). And of course, propper decoupling not to forget :-)


thecyberdude 27th January 2005 02:29 PM

Regarding the sound quallity of the amplifier....well I have only build one prototype and tested it on a loudspeaker in a laboratory environment! I don't think it would be fair to make a final conclusion based on those harsh conditions but on the face of it the sound quality seems reasonable. I might mention that this amp is intended for a subwoofer.


thecyberdude 27th January 2005 03:30 PM

I forgot to answer the second question - sorry Mark.

I'll try to go as far as possible with the present design - or at least as far as the 100V FET's will get me. However, I have a hunch that tells me that the P-channel FET's will give me some trouble so I might go for a pure N-channel solution using a couple of LM51xx high side drivers.


thecyberdude 2nd March 2005 12:40 PM

Anybody else who has experiences with the ZXCD1000 controller?

JohnW 2nd March 2005 06:00 PM


Originally posted by thecyberdude
Anybody else who has experiences with the ZXCD1000 controller?
Some - but at lower powers ~ 50W, if I can help just ask away....


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