On this page, we will take an in-depth look at the primary stage of the Fractal Design Newton R3 800 W. For a better understanding, please read our “Anatomy of Switching Power Supplies” tutorial.
This power supply uses two US15KB80R rectifying bridges, which are attached to the same heatsink as the primary semiconductors. Each bridge supports up to 15 A at 101º C. So in theory, you would be able to pull up to 3,450 W from a 115 V power grid. Assuming 80% efficiency, the bridges would allow this unit to deliver up to 2,760 W without burning themselves out (or 3,105 W with 90% efficiency). Of course, we are only talking about these particular components. The real limit will depend on all the components combined in this power supply.
The active PFC circuit uses one IPW60R099C6 MOSFET, which supports up to 37.9 A at 25º C or 24 A at 100º C in continuous mode (note the difference temperature makes), or 112 A at 25º C in pulse mode. This transistor presents a 99 mΩ maximum resistance when turned on, a characteristic called RDS(on). The lower the number the better, meaning that the transistor will waste less power, and the power supply will have a higher efficiency.
The active PFC circuit is controlled by an ICE2PCS01 integrated circuit.
The output of the active PFC circuit is filtered by two 220 µF x 400 V Japanese electrolytic capacitors, from Chemi-Con, labeled at 105º C. These capacitors are connected in parallel, and thus are equivalent to a single 440 µF x 400 V capacitor.
In the switching section, this power supply uses two SPW32N50C3 MOSFETs in a resonant configuration. Each transistor supports up to 32 A at 25º C or 20 A at 100º C in continuous mode, or up to 96 A at 25º C in pulse mode, with a maximum RDS(on) of 110 mΩ.
The switching transistors are managed by a CM6901 resonant controller.
Let’s now take a look at the secondary of this power supply.