4A synchronous step-down regulator for inverting outputs

12th April 2016
Jordan Mulcare

The LTC7149 is a high efficiency, 60V, 4A synchronous buck regulator for negative output voltage supplies. It incorporates a current mode architecture with user selectable internal or external loop compensation and an output voltage that is programmed with a single external resistor.

The LTC7149 operates from an input voltage range of 3.4 to 60V and provides an adjustable output voltage from 0 to -28V, while delivering up to 4A of continuous output current. Its wide input and output voltage ranges make it suitable for a wide range of test, measurement and industrial applications. The LTC7149’s unique design includes an accurate internally generated 50µA current source on the ISET pin that enables it to deliver outputs as low as -28V with the use of a single external programming resistor.

Furthermore, the LTC7149 offers ±0.8% output voltage accuracy. Its switching frequency is user programmable from 300kHz to 3MHz, enabling the use of tiny, low cost capacitors and inductors. Combined with a 28-lead 4x5mm QFN or thermally enhanced TSSOP package, it offers a very compact solution footprint.

The LTC7149 uses internal switches with RDS(ON) of only 110mΩ and 50mΩ to deliver efficiencies as high as 92%. Burst Mode operation offers high efficiency at light loads, requiring only 440µA of quiescent current. For noise sensitive applications, the LTC7149 can run in forced continuous mode, offering very low output ripple. It also includes ground-referenced clock and PGOOD pins, eliminating the need for level shifters. Additional features include a power good voltage monitor, programmable wire drop compensation, external synchronisation capability and thermal protection.

The LTC7149EUFD is available in a 4x5mm QFN-28, and the LTC7149EFE is offered in a 28-lead, thermally enhanced TSSOP package. Industrial grade versions, the LTC7149IUFD and LTC7149IFE, are guaranteed to operate over the -40 to 125°C operating junction temperature range. Pricing starts at $5.65 each in 1,000-piece quantities. All versions are available from stock.

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