Step-Down DC/DC Converter Offers Quiescent Current of Only 50uA

10th January 2007
ES Admin
Linear Technology has announced the LT3481, a 2A, 36V step-down switching regulator with Burst Mode operation to keep quiescent current under 50uA. The LT3481 operates within a VIN range of 3.6V to 34V, making it ideal for load dump and cold-crank conditions found in automotive applications. Its 3.2A internal switch can deliver up to 2A of continuous output current to voltages as low as 1.26V.
The LT3481's Burst Mode operation offers ultra-low quiescent current, well suited for applications such as automotive or telecom systems, which demand always-on operation and optimum battery life. Switching frequency is user programmable from 300kHz to 2.8MHz, enabling the designer to optimize efficiency while avoiding critical noise-sensitive frequency bands. The combination of its 3mm x 3mm DFN-10 package (or thermally enhanced MSOP-10E) and high switching frequency keeps external inductors and capacitors small, providing a compact, thermally efficient footprint.

The LT3481 utilizes a high efficiency 3.2A, 0.18Ohm switch, with the necessary boost diode, oscillator, control and logic circuitry integrated into a single chip. Low ripple Burst Mode operation maintains high efficiency at low output currents while keeping output ripple below 15mVPK-PK. Special design techniques enable high efficiency over a wide input voltage range and the device’s current mode topology enables fast transient response and excellent loop stability. Other features include external synchronization (from 275kHz to 475kHz), a power good flag and soft-start capability.

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

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