1.1MHz, 25V Dual Step-Down DC/DC Converter Delivers 1.6A per Channel from a 5mm x 4mm DFN Package

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Linear Technology Corporation announces the LT3506 and LT3506A, dual current mode PWM step-down DC/DC converters with two 2A power switches packaged in a 16-lead 5mm x 4mm DFN package. Each channel is capable of delivering up to 1.6A of output current. Their wide input range of 3.6V to 25V makes them ideal for regulating power from a wide variety of sources, including four cell batteries, 5V and 12V rails, unregulated wall transformers, lead acid batteries and distributed power supplies. The LT3506 switches at 575kHz while the LT3506A switches at 1.1MHz enabling the use of tiny, low cost inductors and ceramic capacitors, while delivering low, predictable output ripple.

The LT3506 and LT3506A’s low VCESAT (210mV @1A) internal switches offer efficiencies of up 88%, minimizing thermal constraints and maximizing battery run-time. Low voltage outputs are easily attended due to an internal reference of 0.80V. Each channel has independent shutdown and soft-start pins as well as independent power good indicators to ease power sequencing. The channels switch 180 degrees out of phase with respect to the other, reducing input ripple and minimizing capacitance needs. Internal cycle-by-cycle current limit provides protection against shorted outputs while soft-start eliminates input current surge during start up. The low current (
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