DC542A - Demo Manual

QUICK START GUIDE FOR DEMONSTRATION CIRCUIT 542
DUAL PHASE, DUAL OUTPUT SYNCHRONOUS BUCK CONVERTER
LTC3728EG
DESCRIPTION
Demonstration circuit 542 is a dual output, dual
phase step down converter, which is controlled
by the LTC3728EG. Output #1 can be configured
for either 5.0V or 3.3V and output #2 can be
configured for either 3.3V or 2.5V. The maximum
load for both rails is 12A. The input voltage
range of the DC542 is 8V to 24V.
The DC542 also contains a footprint for a 5.5V
boost converter bias supply whose output is
connected to EXTVCC. See the “Optional Bias
Supply” section for more details.
Design files for this circuit board are available. Call the LTC factory.
Table 1. Performance Summary
PARAMETER
CONDITION
VALUE
Minimum Input Voltage
8V
Maximum Input Voltage
24V
VOUT1
VIN = 8V to 24V, IOUT = 0A to 12A
5.0V ± 3% / 3.3V ± 3%
VOUT2
VIN = 8V to 24V, IOUT = 0A to 12A
3.3V ± 3% / 2.5V ± 3%
QUICK START PROCEDURE
Demonstration circuit 542 is easy to set up. Refer to Figure 1 for the proper setup of the measurement equipment and follow the procedure
below:
1. With power off, connect the input voltage
source and the load. The load cables should
be sized for 12 Amps and the input cables
should be sized for 15 Amps.
2. The jumpers should be placed in their default
positions as shown in Figure 1.
3. If a constant current electronic load is used,
preset the load current to about 1A or less
before applying power to the input. Otherwise, the foldback current limit function of the
LTC3728 may be triggered during startup.
put #2 should be 3.3V ± 3%. Increase the
load on both rails to 12.0A. The two outputs
should still be within regulation.
5. Keep the input voltage at 12.0V and the load
at 12.0A for both rails. Measure the DC input
current. It should be less than 9.4A.
6. Remove input power from the converter. Set
the voltage for output #1 to 3.3V using
jumper JP5 and the voltage for output #2 to
2.5V using JP4. Repeat step #4. The voltage
for output #1 should be 3.3V ± 3% and the
voltage for output #2 should be 2.5V ± 3%.
7. Adjust the input voltage and load current to
the desired levels within their limits and observe the regulation, output ripple, load step
response, efficiency and other parameters.
4. Apply power to the input and set the input
voltage to 12V. The voltage for output #1
should be 5.0V ± 3% and the voltage for out-
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Figure 1. Setup for measurement equipment.
Figure 2. Output ripple measurement.
Note: When measuring the output voltage ripple,
care must be taken to avoid a long ground lead
on the oscilloscope probe. Connect the probe tip
to VOUT and the probe’s ground ring to GND.
Make the connections as short as possible. For
output #1, measure the ripple directly across
C35 and for output #2, measure across C36.
See Figure 2.
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OPTIONAL BIAS SUPPLY
The DC542 also contains a footprint for a 5.5V
boost converter bias supply whose output is
connected to EXTVCC. The input of this bias
supply can be connected to one of the following:
1) VIN, if VIN<5V
2) VOUT1 for VOUT1 <5V and VIN>5V.
The latter connection will provide higher efficiency. If this bias supply is stuffed, please keep
the following points in mind:
1) If the input voltage of the optional bias supply
is connected to VIN, then the board will need
to be slightly modified to ensure that the
voltage on the EXTVCC pin of the
LTC3728EG does not exceed the voltage on
the VIN pin. These are the modifications:
a) Remove resistor R8.
b) Tie the (+) end of C3 to the (+) end of
C21.
2) If the input voltage of the optional bias supply
is connected to output #1, precautions need
to be taken to make sure that the voltage on
the EXTVCC pin of the LTC3728EG does not
exceed the voltage on the VIN pin during
turn-on of the main converter. Follow the
steps below:
a) Put jumper JP6 in the “0” position to tie
the RUN1 signal to ground.
b) Turn-on the main input voltage and set to
desired level.
c) Put jumper JP6 in the “1” position to turnon output #1.
3) If a different power MOSFET configuration is
used or the switching frequency is increased,
then be sure to measure the current flowing
into the EXTVCC pin and make sure the current will not exceed the maximum output current of the bias supply. At 3.3V input, the
maximum output current of the bias supply is
200mA.
For further assistance, contact the factory.
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