150V Low IQ Inverting Synchronous DC/DC Controller Uses a Single Inductor & Has Ground-Referenced Controls

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150V Low IQ Inverting Synchronous DC/DC Controller
Uses a Single Inductor & Has Ground-Referenced Controls
MILPITAS, CA – May 25, 2016 – Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC3896, a
high voltage inverting switching regulator controller that drives an all N-channel synchronous
power MOSFET stage. Most low to medium power inverting DC/DC converters utilize a
coupled inductor or transformer. However, the LTC3896 uses only a single inductor and converts
a 4V to (150V – |VOUT–|) positive input voltage to a regulated negative output voltage from –60V
to –0.8V at output currents up to 15 amps. Efficiencies are as high as 96%, ideal for
transportation, industrial, telecom and power distribution applications.
The LTC3896 contains true ground-referenced control pins, eliminating the need for
discrete level-shifting components for its interface. This part draws only 40µA in sleep mode
with the output voltage in regulation, ideal for always-on systems. The LTC3896’s powerful 1Ω
N-channel MOSFET gate drivers can be adjusted from 5V to 10V to enable the use of logic- or
standard-level MOSFETs to maximize efficiency. To prevent high on-chip power dissipation in
high input voltage applications, the LTC3896 includes an NDRV pin, which drives the gate of an
optional external N-channel MOSFET acting as a low dropout linear regulator to supply IC
power. The EXTVCC pin permits the LTC3896 to be powered from its output voltage or other
bias supply, which reduces power dissipation and improves efficiency.
The LTC3896 operates with an adjustable fixed frequency between 50kHz and 900kHz
and is synchronizable to an external clock from 75kHz to 850kHz. The user can select from
forced continuous operation, pulse-skipping or low ripple Burst Mode® operation during light
loads. Its current mode architecture provides easy loop compensation, fast transient response and
excellent line regulation. Current sensing is accomplished by measuring the voltage drop across
the output inductor (DCR) for highest efficiency or by using an optional sense resistor. Current
foldback limits MOSFET heat dissipation during overload conditions. Additional features
include adjustable burst clamp and current limit, a power good output signal, an integrated
bootstrap diode and adjustable soft-start.
150V Low IQ Inverting Synchronous DC/DC Controller
Uses a Single Inductor & Has Ground-Referenced Controls
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The LTC3896 is available in a TSSOP-38 thermally enhanced package with several pins
removed for high voltage spacing. Two operating junction temperature grades are available with
extended and industrial versions from –40°C to 125°C and a high temp automotive version from
–40°C to 150°C. The 1,000-piece price starts at $4.70 each. For more information, visit
Photo Caption: 150V Low IQ, Synchronous Inverting DC/DC Controller
Summary of Features: LTC3896
VIN Range from 4V to (150V – |VOUT–|)
Wide VOUT Range: –60V to –0.8V
Ground-Referenced Control/Interface Pins
Adjustable Gate Drive Level 5V to 10V
Requires Only One Inductor
Integrated Bootstrap Diode
Low Quiescent Current 40µA in Sleep Mode with Output in Regulation
Onboard LDO or External NMOS LDO for DRVCC
EXTVCC LDO Powers Drivers from Output
Phase-Lockable Frequency (75kHz to 850kHz)
Programmable Fixed Frequency (50kHz to 900kHz)
Selectable Continuous, Pulse-Skipping or Low Ripple Burst Mode ® Operation at Light Loads
Power Good Output Voltage Monitor
Programmable Input Overvoltage Lockout
38-Lead TSSOP High Voltage Package
Pricing shown is for budgetary use only and may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees and
exchange rates.
About Linear Technology Linear Technology Corporation, a member of the S&P 500, has been designing, manufacturing and marketing a broad line of high performance analog integrated circuits for major companies worldwide for over three decades. The Company’s products provide an essential bridge between our analog world and the digital electronics in communications, networking, industrial, automotive, computer, medical, instrumentation, consumer, and military and aerospace systems. Linear Technology produces power management, data conversion, signal conditioning, RF and interface ICs, µModule® subsystems, and wireless sensor network products. For more information, visit www.linear.com
150V Low IQ Inverting Synchronous DC/DC Controller
Uses a Single Inductor & Has Ground-Referenced Controls
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