The LTC3128 is a high efficiency, input current-limited buck-boost supercapacitor charger with active charge balancing for 1 or 2 series supercapacitors. The LTC3128 features an average input current limit that can be programmed up to 3A with +/-2% accuracy, preventing power source overload while minimizing capacitor recharge time. Highly efficient active charge balancing eliminates dissipative external ballast resistors, ensuring balanced operation and charging with mismatched capacitors, and less frequent recharge cycles. A programmable maximum capacitor voltage clamp actively monitors and enforces the voltage across each capacitor in the series stack, ensuring reliable operation as capacitors age and develop mismatched capacities. The low noise buck-boost topology allows the output supercapacitor to be charged whether above or below the input.
LTC3128 – 3A Monolithic Buck-Boost Supercapacitor Charger and Balancer - [Link]
by Hua (Walker) Bai:
The meaning of the term “high power LED” is rapidly evolving. Although a 350mA LED could easily earn the stamp of “high power” a few years ago, it could not hold a candle to the 20A LEDs or the 40A laser diodes of today. High power LEDs are now used in DLP projectors, surgical equipment, stage lighting, automotive lighting, and other applications traditionally served by high intensity bulbs. To meet the light output requirements of these applications, high power LEDs are often used in series. The problem is that several series-connected LEDs require a high voltage LED driver circuit. LED driver design is further complicated by applications that require fast LED current response to PWM dimming signals.
Design Notes: 60V, Synchronous Step-Down High Current LED Driver - [Link]
The LT6015 is a single Over-the-Top operational amplifier with outstanding precision over a 0V to 76V input common-mode voltage range. It incorporates multiple built in fault tolerant features, resulting in no-compromise performance over wide operating supply and temperature ranges. Over-the-Top inputs provide true operation well beyond the V rail. The LT6015 functions normally with its inputs up to 76V above V-, independent of whether V+ is 3V or 50V. Input offset voltage is 80μV max, input bias current is 5nA and low frequency noise is 0.5μVP-P, making the LT6015 suitable for a wide range of precision industrial, automotive and instrumentation applications. Fault protection modes guard against negative transients, reverse battery and other conditions. The LT6015 is available in a 5-lead SOT-23 package and is fully specified over -40°C to 85°C, -40°C to 125°C, and -55°C to 150°C temperature ranges.
LT6015 – 3.2MHz, 0.8V/μs Low Power, Over-The-Top Precision Op Amps - [Link]
The LT8614 is a 4A, 42V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator. A unique Silent Switcher architecture reduces EMI/EMC emissions by more than 20dB, well below the CISPR 25 Class 5 limit. Even with switching frequencies in excess of 2MHz, synchronous rectification delivers efficiency as high as 96% while Burst Mode operation keeps quiescent current under 2.5μA in no-load standby conditions. Its 3.4V to 42V input voltage range makes it ideal for automotive and industrial applications.
LT8614 – 42V, 4A Synchronous Step-Down Silent Switcher with 2.5μA Quiescent Current - [Link]
The LTC2057 is a high voltage, low noise, zero-drift operational amplifier that offers precision DC performance over a wide supply range of 4.75V to 36V (or 4.75V to 60V for the LTC2057HV). Offset voltage and 1/f noise are suppressed, allowing this amplifier to achieve a maximum offset voltage of 4μV and a DC to 10Hz input noise voltage of 200nV peak to peak (typ). The LTC2057’s self-calibrating circuitry results in low offset voltage drift with temperature, 0.015μV/°C (max), and zero-drift over time. The amplifier also features an excellent power supply rejection ratio (PSRR) of 160dB and a common mode rejection ratio (CMRR) of 150dB (typ).
LTC2057 – 60V Zero-Drift Operational Amplifier with 220nVP-P Noise - [Link]
Linear Technology have announced the LTM4624 14V, 4A step-down µModule® (micromodule) regulator in a 6.25 x 6.25 x 5.01mm BGA package. Along with two (1206 package) ceramic capacitors and a (0603 or smaller package) resistor this complete regulator solution fits within 1cm² on a single-sided or 0.5cm² on a double-sided PCB. Like other µModule regulators in the range, the LTM4624 contains the DC/DC controller, power switches, inductor and compensation on-board. It is designed to operate from a 4V to 14V input supply, delivering a regulated output adjustable between 0.6V to 5.5V which according to Linear Technology make it ideal for applications in communications, storage, industrial, and medical systems. [via]
4A Step Down µModule in less than 1cm² - [Link]
Steve Taranovich writes:
Linear Technology Corporation announced the LT8705, a very high efficiency (up to 98%) synchronous buck-boost DC/DC controller that operates from input voltages above, below or equal to the regulated output voltage. This device has four feedback loops to regulate the input current/voltage, along with the output current/voltage.
Convert any input voltage from 2.8V to 80V into a fixed output voltage or output current - [Link]
The LTM4641 is a 4.5V to 38V input, 0.6V to 6V output, 10A step-down μModule regulator with comprehensive input and load protection features. The part monitors input voltage, output voltage and temperature conditions. If any user-adjustable trip thresholds are exceeded, the LTM4641 responds quickly (within 500ns in the case of an output overvoltage fault), ceasing operation and if necessary activating external switches to protect both input source and load. As a μModule regulator, the LTM4641 includes power MOSFETs, DC/DC controller, inductor, compensation and the protection logic circuits in a compact surface mount BGA package.
- Wide Operating Input Voltage Range: 4.5V to 38V
- 10A DC Typical, 12A Peak Output Current
- Output Range: 0.6V to 6V
- ±1.5% Maximum Total Output DC Voltage Error
- Differential Remote Sense Amplifier for POL Regulation
- Internal Temperature, Analog Indicator Output
LTM4641 – 38V, 10A DC/DC µModule Regulator with Advanced Input and Load Protection - [Link]
Here is a PDF document from Linear Technology, featuring current sense circuits for different applications, including High side, low side, level shifting, high and low voltage, fault sensing, etc: [via]
Sensing and/or controlling current flow is a fundamental requirement in many electronics systems, and the techniques to do so are as diverse as the applications them-selves. This Application Note compiles solutions to current sensing problems and organizes the solutions by general application type. These circuits have been culled from a variety of Linear Technology documents.
Current sense circuit collection - [Link]
The LTC®4000-1 is a high voltage, high performance controller that converts many externally compensated DC/DC power supplies into full-featured battery chargers with maximum power point control. In contrast to the LTC4000, the LTC4000-1 has an input voltage regulation loop instead of the input current regulation loop.
Features of the LTC4000-1’s battery charger include: accurate (±0.25%) programmable float voltage, selectable timer or current termination, temperature qualified charging using an NTC thermistor, automatic recharge, C/10 trickle charge for deeply discharged cells, bad battery detection and status indicator outputs. The battery charger also includes precision current sensing that allows lower sense voltages for high current applications.
LTC4000-1 – High Voltage/Current Controller for Battery Charging with Maximum Power Point Control - [Link]