1A Step-Down DC/DC Converter Plus

Two 300mA VLDO Regulators in a 3mm x 4mm DFN

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Linear Technology Corporation announces the LTC3446, a 1A, 2.25 MHz, synchronous buck regulator with two 300mA VLDOs in a single monolithic IC. The input voltage range of 2.5V to 5.5V makes this triple output regulator ideal for single cell Li-Ion/Polymer, or multicell alkaline/NiCad/NiMH powered applications. It can generate output voltages as low as 0.8V from the buck regulator and 0.4V for each of the VLDOs, enabling it to power the latest generation of low voltage DSPs and microcontrollers. The buck regulator's 2.25MHz switching frequency and the VLDO design enable the use of tiny, low cost externals, providing a very compact solution footprint for handheld applications. The LTC3446's synchronous buck delivers efficiencies as high as 90% while constant frequency, current mode operation minimizes noise and offers fast transient response. The VLDOs are powered from the buck regulator output to supply lower voltages while maximizing efficiency. Each supply has an independent enable pin and internal soft-start. An automatic Burst Mode® feature reduces quiescent current to only 140uA, maximizing battery run-time. For particularly noise sensitive applications, the Burst Mode operation can be disabled. Other features include a power-good output and over-temperature protection. The LTC3446EDE is available from stock in a 14-lead 3mm x 4mm DFN package. Pricing starts at $2.75 each in 1,000-piece quantities.

Photo Caption: Monolithic 1A, 2.25MHz Buck Regulator with Dual 330mA VLDO Regulators Summary of Features: LTC3446
- High Efficiency Triple Step-Down Outputs
- 1A Synchronous Buck Regulator Provides Main Step-Down Output & Powers Two
300mA VLDO™ Linear Regulators
- Output Voltages as Low as 400mV (VLDO Outputs)
- Power Good Output " Input Voltage Range: 2.7V to 5.5V
- Independent Enable Pin for Each Supply
- Low (140uA Typ) No-Load Quiescent Current with all Outputs Enabled
- 2.25MHz Switching Frequency Uses Small Inductors
- Defeatable Automatic Burst Mode Operation for High Efficiency at Light Loads
- Thermally Enhanced 3mm x 4mm 14-Pin DFN Package
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