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DC/DC Step Down Controller with Minimal Current Draw


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Linear Technology
: 09 March, 2010  (New Product)
High Voltage step-down DC/DC Controller from Linear Technology draws 14 micro-amps when idle and 60 micro-amps at full output
DC/DC Step Down Controller with Minimal Current Draw
Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC3890/-1, a high voltage dual output synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that draws only 50A when one output is active and 60A when both outputs are enabled. With both outputs shut down, the LTC3890/-1 draws a mere 14A. The 4V to 60V input supply range is designed to protect against high voltage transients, continue operation during automotive cold crank and cover a broad range of input sources and battery chemistries. Each output can be set from 0.8V to 24V at output currents up to 20 amps with efficiencies as high as 95%, making it well suited for 12V or 24V automotive, heavy equipment, industrial control, robotics and telecom applications.

The LTC3890/-1 has powerful 1.1Ohm on-chip MOSFET gate drivers. It operates with a selectable fixed frequency between 50kHz and 900kHz, and can be synchronized to an external clock from 75kHz to 850kHz with its phased-locked loop (PLL). The user can select from continuous operation, pulse skipping and low ripple Burst Mode operation during light loads. The LTC3890/-1's 2-phase operation reduces input filtering and capacitance requirements. Its current mode architecture provides easy loop compensation, fast transient response and excellent line regulation. Output current sensing is accomplished by measuring the voltage drop across the output inductor (DCR) for the highest efficiency or by using an optional sense resistor. Current foldback limits MOSFET heat dissipation during overload conditions. The device is available in two versions; the LTC3890 is the fully featured part with functions including a clock out, clock phase modulation, two separate power good outputs and adjustable current limit.

The LTC3890 is available in a 32-lead 5mm x 5mm QFN package and the LTC3890-1 is housed in a 28-pin SSOP package. Pricing starts at $4.76 each in 1,000-piece quantities.
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