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Switching regulator offers 50A quiescent current

Posted: 22 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Linear? LT3481? switching? regulator?

Linear Technology Corp. has announced the LT3481, a 2A, 36V step-down switching regulator with Burst Mode operation to keep quiescent current under 50A.

The device operates within a VIN range of 3.6V to 34V, making it suitable for load dump and cold-crank conditions in automotive applications. Its 3.2A internal switch can deliver up to 2A output current and as low as 1.26V voltage.

According to Linear Tech, the product's Burst Mode operation offers ultra-low quiescent current suited for automotive or telecom systems, which demand always-on operation and optimum battery life. Switching frequency is user programmable from 300kHz to 2.8MHz, enabling optimization efficiency while avoiding critical noise-sensitive frequency bands.

The device utilizes a 3.2A, 0.18 ohm switch with boost diode, oscillator, control and logic circuitry integrated into a single chip. Low ripple Burst Mode operation is said to maintain high efficiency at low output currents while keeping output ripple below 15mVPK-PK.

The device is able to operate efficiently over a wide input voltage range and its current mode topology enables fast transient response and excellent loop stability, Linear said. Other features include external synchronization from 275kHz to 475kHz, a power good flag and soft-start capability.

The combination of the product's 3-by-3mm DFN-10 package (or thermally-enhanced MSOP-10E) and high switching frequency is said to keep external inductors and capacitors small.

Pricing for the LT3481EDD and LT3481EMSE versions of the device starts at $3.25 each, for 1,000-piece quantities. The LT3481IDD and LT3481IMSE versions operate over a -40C to 125C temperature range and priced at $3.90 each in 1,000-piece quantities. All versions are available from stock.

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? LT3481 36V, 2A, 2.8MHz Step-Down Switching Regulator with 50?A Quiescent Current ICs, Interface



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