The inductor in a power supply is required to be capable of dealing satisfactorily with the high-current supply and to improve the power loss characteristic. A novel glassy metal powder with a chemical composition Fe77 P7 B13 Nb3 features both a high saturated magnetic flux density of 1.3 T and a low coercive force of 2.0 A/m, which has a stable amorphous structure suitable for glassy metal composite cores. Hence there is no magnetic saturation even under a high-current supply, and it is confirmed to have significantly low magnetic loss resulting from the low coercive force. As a result of using the glassy metal alloy Fe77 P7 B13 Nb3 powder in an inductor core, we have achieved improvement in power supply efficiency by up to roughly 2.0%. Moreover, the reduction in the standby power requirement by the improvement in the power supply efficiency in the low load current case, where the core loss occupies a high ratio in the entire loss, can be expected. Additionally, heat generation in a core is suppressed by using the low loss powder, and it becomes easy to design a temperature rise in the entire power supply circuit.
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