Intersil have introduced a single chip just 9 x 6.5 mm which contains just about all the control features (including the output stages) needed to build a dual 0.8 to 5 V power supply with 3 A per channel output capability. The ISL8203M can also supply 6 A in current sharing operation.
The ISL8203M is an integrated step-down power module optimized for generating low output voltages down to 0.8V. The input supply voltage range spans from 2.85 V to 6 V. The two channels are clocked 180° out-of-phase to help reduce input RMS current and EMI. While in current sharing mode this interleaving of the two channels is beneficial for reducing input and output voltage ripple.
Dual 3A PSU on a Chip - [Link]
App note(PDF) from NXP on DC-DC medium power small-signal MOSFETs.
This application note explores different methods of DC-to-DC conversion. It includes some examples of DC-to-DC down-converters using small-signal MOSFETs.
App note: Medium power small-signal MOSFETs in DC-to-DC conversion - [Link]
Susan Nordyk @ edn.com:
Encapsulated in a tiny 9.0×6.5×1.83-mm QFN package, the ISL8203M step-down DC/DC power module from Intersil furnishes an adjustable output voltage between 0.8 V to 5 V to allow designers to use one device to build a single 6-A or dual 3-A output power supply. The ISL8203M simplifies power-supply design for FPGAs, ASICs, microprocessors, DSPs, and other point-of-load conversions in communications, test and measurement, and industrial systems.
Intersil shrinks step-down DC/DC power module - [Link]
Linear Technology Corporation announces the LTC3371, a highly integrated general-purpose power management solution for systems requiring multiple low voltage power supplies. The device features four synchronous buck converters, each powered from independent 2.25 V to 5.5 V inputs, and each configurable to share up to four of eight available 1 A power stages. With eight unique output current configurations, the LTC3371 provides substantial flexibility and ease of reuse across many different applications. The device is ideal for a wide variety of multichannel industrial, automotive, communications and distributed power systems.
Configurable Buck DC/DCs Deliver a Total of 8A from 2 to 4 Independent Outputs for Power System Flexibility - [Link]
Switch-mode regulator Traco TSR 0.5 will give you as much as you need. If you have an application, where 0.5A is sufficient, then the new series of DC/DC modules is ideal for you.
Maybe, it´s worth to ask a question, whether it makes sense to use a switch-mode regulator for such a low current? For sure yes, at least because of two reasons. If we need to create 3.3V from for example 12V, then at a current of 0.5A a power loss of 4.35W appears at a classic linear regulator. That´s already a quite considerable power, able to heat up a device – especially at smaller enclosures and a dense population on a PCB.
Another reason is energy saving – especially at battery powered devices. Switch mode power supplies (SMPS) have a “genial” feature, that thanks to their high efficiency we use practically whole power drawn from a source, i.e. if we need say 5V/0.5A from a 15V source – we won´t take from it 0.5A but only approx. 0,17-0,18A.
Novelty of company Traco Electronic – series TSR 0.5 is by its function very similar to well known, proven DC/DC regulators TSR1 or TSRN1. The main difference is in a smaller allowed current and a feelingly lower price . That ´s why this series is very suitable for any application, where a current of 0.5A will be sufficient. A big advantage can be a wide operating temperatures range from -40 to +90°C (power derating 5%/K at temperature above 80°C). Maximum input voltage of 32V enables a usage even at power supplying from various alternative energy sources with a big input voltage fluctuations.
This novelty is so far available in a version with 5V output voltage (TSR 0.5-2450) and soon there will be another.
Why to pay for the current, which you won´t use? - [Link]
by Susan Nordyk @ edn.com:
Leveraging Linear Technology’s Silent Switcher architecture and spread- spectrum frequency modulation, the LT8640 synchronous step-down switching regulator reduces EMI/EMC emissions by more than 25 dB—even with switching frequencies in excess of 2 MHz—enabling the part to easily pass automotive CISPR25, Class 5 peak limits. Synchronous rectification achieves efficiency as high as 95% with a switching frequency of 2 MHz, while the part’s 3.4-V to 42-V input range makes it useful for both automotive and industrial applications.
Step-down switching regulator minimizes EMI/EMC - [Link]
Build a cheap and simple full software controlled step-up (boost) converter to drive a LED string of 10 LEDs. LEDs are used as string to light up a acrylic engraved plate placed in a holder (also made out 5 layers of lasered black acrylic glas). Step up is from 5V to about 30V, current regulated to about 20mA.
LED step-up converter with ATtiny85 - [Link]
Linear Technology has squeezed a 3A voltage regulator into a package measuring just 6.25mm square and 1.8 mm high. The complete LTM4623 circuit only requires one input capacitor and one output capacitor, a resistor to set Vout and a small capacitor for Vout tracking and soft-start. At just 1.8mm height the regulator can be mounted on the PCB reverse side.
LTM4623 – Ultrathin 20VIN, 3A Step-Down DC/DC μModule Regulator - [Link]
By Steven Keeping @ digikey.com:
Switching DC-DC voltage converters (“switching regulators”) offer some key advantages over linear regulators. Chief among these are efficiency and flexibility; switching regulators can step-up (boost), step-down (buck), and invert voltages with ease. Contemporary modular chips are compact, reliable, and available from multiple suppliers (see the TechZone article “Understanding the Advantages and Disadvantages of Linear Regulators” for a full comparison between switching and linear regulators).
However, this flexibility comes at the expense of increased complexity. For an engineer familiar with the elegance of a linear regulator, designing a power supply based around a switching device can be a little daunting. The key to overcoming the challenge is an understanding of what is going on inside that little black chip.
The Difference Between Switching Regulator Continuous and Discontinuous Modes - [Link]
The LT®8613 is a compact, high efficiency, high speed synchronous monolithic step-down switching regulator that consumes only 3μA of quiescent current. Top and bottom power switches are included with all necessary circuitry to minimize the need for external components. The built-in current sense amplifier with monitor and control pins allows accurate input or output current regulation and limiting. Low ripple Burst Mode operation enables high efficiency down to very low output currents while keeping the output ripple below 10mVP-P. A SYNC pin allows synchronization to an external clock.
LT8613 – 42V, 6A Synchronous Step-Down Regulator with Current Sense - [Link]