42V, Dual 4A (IOUT), Synchronous Step-Down Silent Switcher 2 Delivers 94% Efficiency at 2MHz & Ultralow EMI Emissions

Silent Switcher

Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LT8650S, a dual 4A, 42V input synchronous step-down switching regulator. Its unique Silent Switcher2 architecture uses four internal input capacitors as well as two internal BST and a single INTVCC capacitor to minimize the area of the hot loops. Combined with very well controlled switching edges and an internal construction using copper pillars in lieu of bond wires and an integral ground plane, the LT8650S’s design dramatically reduces EMI emissions. This improved EMI performance is not sensitive to PCB layout, simplifying design and reducing risk even when using two layer PC boards. The LT8650S can easily pass the automotive CISPR 25, Class 5 peak EMI limits with a 2MHz switching frequency over its entire load range. Spread spectrum frequency modulation is also available to lower EMI levels further.

The LT8650S’s synchronous rectification delivers efficiency as high as 94.6% with a switching frequency of 2MHz. Its 3.0V to 42V input voltage range is ideal for automotive and industrial applications. The internal high-efficiency switches can deliver up to 4A of continuous output current simultaneously and up to 6A peak loads on either channel to output voltages as low as 0.8V. The LT8650S’s Burst Mode operation ensures only 6.2µA of quiescent current (for both channels), well suited for applications such as automotive always-on systems, which require extended operating battery life. The LT8650S’s fast minimum on-time of only 40ns enables 2MHz constant frequency switching from a 16V input to a 2V output, enabling designers to optimize efficiency while avoiding critical noise-sensitive frequency bands. The LT8650S’s 32-lead 4mm x 6mm LQFN package and high switching frequency keeps external inductors and capacitors small, providing a compact, thermally efficient footprint.

The LT8650S utilizes internal top and bottom high-efficiency power switches with the necessary boost diodes, oscillator, control and logic circuitry integrated into a single die. Low ripple Burst Mode operation maintains high efficiency at low output currents while keeping output ripple below 10mVP-P. For applications requiring a very fast transient response or current sharing of the two channels, external VC pins are available. For the lowest noise operation, the LT8650S can be programmed to run in forced continuous mode over the entire load range with spread spectrum frequency modulation. Its switching frequency is programmable and synchronizable from 300kHz to 3MHz. Special design techniques and a new high-speed process enable high efficiency over a wide input voltage range, and the LT8650S’s current mode topology enables fast transient response and excellent loop stability. Other features include a die temperature monitor, power good flags, output soft-start/tracking, and thermal protection.

The LT8650SEV is packaged in a 4mm x 6mm LQFN package. An industrial temperature version, the LT8650SIV, is tested and guaranteed to operate from a –40°C to 125°C operating junction temperature. Pricing starts at $5.75 each for 1,000-piece quantities and both versions are available from stock. For more information, visit www.linear.com/product/LT8650S.

Summary of Features: LT8650S

  • Wide Input Voltage Range: 3.0V to 42V
  • 4A from Each Channel Simultaneously:

    Up to 6A on Either Channel

  • Silent Switcher 2 Architecture:

      Ultralow EMI Emissions on any PCB

     Eliminates PCB Layout Sensitivity

     Internal Capacitors for VIN, BST, INTVCC Reduce Radiated EMI

     Spread Spectrum Frequency Modulation

  • Ultralow Quiescent Current Burst Mode Operation:

     6.2µA IQ Regulating 12VIN to 5VOUT1 & 3.3VOUT2

     Output Ripple < 10mVP-P

  • Optional External VC Pin: Fast Transient Response & Current Sharing

(Extra 50µA IQ/Channel)

  • Forced Continuous Mode
  • High-Efficiency Synchronous Operation:

     94.6% Efficiency at 2A, 5VOUT from 12VIN at 2MHz93.3% Efficiency at 4A, 5VOUT from 12VIN at 2MHz

    93.3% Efficiency at 4A, 5VOUT from 12VIN at 2MHz

  • Fast Minimum Switch on Time: 40ns
  • Die Temperature Monitor
  • Adjustable & Synchronizable: 300kHz to 3MHz
  • Output Soft-Start & Tracking
  • Small Thermally Enhanced 4mm × 6mm 32-Lead LQFN Package

Pricing shown is for budgetary use only and may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees and exchange rates.


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