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Dual DC/DC converter guaranteed at 150C

Posted: 13 Apr 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DC/DC converter? PWM? H-grade step down?

Linear Technology Corp. has developed the H-grade version of the LT3509, a dual channel, current mode PWM step-down DC/DC converter with two internal 36V, 1A power switches in an MSOP-16E package.

The H-grade version is tested and guaranteed to a maximum junction temperature of +150C, compared to the E- and I-grade versions' +125C maximum junction temperature. All electrical specifications are identical for the E-, I- and H-grade versions. The LT3509 H-grade is designed for automotive and industrial applications, which are subjected to high ambient temperatures.

Each channel of the LT3509 is capable of delivering up to 700mA of output current with efficiencies up to 88 percent. Its wide input range of 3.6V to 36V, with transient protection to 60V, makes it suitable for regulating power from a wide variety of sources, including unregulated wall transformers, 24V industrial supplies and automotive batteries. For automotive applications, the LT3509's minimum input voltage of 3.6V enables it to operate with sub-4V, inputs paramount for automotive cold crank requirements. Similarly, the device's 36V continuous input capability with 60V transient protection enables it to withstand transients found in load-dump scenarios. The LT3509's 300kHz to 2.2MHz switching frequency is user programmable, enabling it to maximize efficiency while using tiny, low-cost inductors and ceramic capacitors, resulting in low, predictable output ripple.

The LT3509HMSE is available from stock in a 16-lead thermally enhanced MSOP package. Pricing starts at $3.76 each for 1,000 piece quantities.

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