60V Boost Controller from Linear does not need a sense resistor

30th January 2007
ES Admin
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC3872, a current mode step-up DC/DC controller with 550kHz operating frequency. The LTC3872 does not require a sense resistor, saving board space and improving efficiency. This is a compact solution for converting a 2.5V to 9.8V input voltage up to a high output voltage. VOUT as high as 60V is achievable without a sense resistor, and when a sense resistor is used, the output voltage is limited only by external components.
The LTC3872 can easily attain very high peak currents, depending on the selection of the external MOSFET. The IC's high operating frequency reduces the value and size of the inductor and capacitors. Its small footprint, combined with operating efficiency as high as 90%, make it possible to pack a high current boost converter design in a very compact area. Applications include telecom power supplies, 42V automotive systems, 24V industrial control systems, IP phone power supplies and lithium battery-powered equipment.

The LTC3872 drives an external N-channel MOSFET to deliver the load current with high efficiency. Also, its current mode architecture allows cycle-by-cycle current limiting, lower output ripple voltage, low noise and excellent line and load transient response. With pulse skipping operation at light loads, high efficiency is preserved, while the low operating current of 250uA and shutdown current of 8uA extend battery life. The LTC3872 provides excellent AC and DC load and line regulation with ±1.5% output voltage accuracy. Additional system and IC protection features include an internal soft start which may be increased with an external capacitor, and precision under-voltage lockout.

The LTC3872 is offered in a thermally enhanced low-profile (0.75mm) 8-lead 2mm x 3mm DFN package, as well as the ThinSOT package. The device is rated for -40°C to 125°C junction temperature operation. 1,000-piece pricing starts at $1.80 each.

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