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DC/DC controller includes differential output sensing

Posted: 08 Jan 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DC/DC controller? power management? voltage sensing? Linear Tech? DC/DC?

Linear Technology Corp. has introduced a synchronous step-down DC/DC controller, the LTC3823, with differential output voltage sensing, fast transient response, integrated PLL synchronization and output voltage tracking. The differential amplifier provides true differential remote output voltage sensing of both the positive and negative terminals. This enables high accuracy regulation in high-current applications where IR losses occur through via and trace run interconnect.

The LTC3823 can operate at very low duty cycles, ranging from two percent to 90 percent and is able to develop output voltages from 0.6V to 90 percent VIN (0.6-3.3V with remote sense). The input voltage range is from 4.5V to 30V. The LTC3823's constant on-time architecture allows the control loop to respond instantly to load steps. This IC uses current mode control and can operate without a sense resistor by sensing the voltage drop across the synchronous power MOSFET. For systems where control of maximum output current is important, a sense resistor can be used in series with the source of the lower MOSFET. In either case the current limit is user-programmable, allowing optimum system efficiency and control over the maximum output current.

The LTC3823 output voltage accuracy is 0.5 percent at room temp and 0.67 percent from 0 to 85C. Tracking and sequencing functions allow the user to optimize power-up and power-down of multiple power supplies. In addition, the LTC3823 can be configured for PLL frequency synchronization.

The LTC3823 is offered in a 28-lead narrow SSOP or a 32-lead 5-by-5mm QFN package and has an operating temperature range from -40C to 85C. The 1,000-piece price starts at $2.75 each.

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? LTC3823 Fast No Rsense Step-Down Synchronous Controller with Differential Output Sensing, Tracking and PLL ICs, Interface



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