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4 Jun 2015


The LT3952 is a current mode step-up DC/DC converter with an internal 60 V, 4 A DMOS power switch. It is specifically designed by Linear Technology to drive high power LEDs in multiple configurations. It combines input and output current regulation loops with output voltage regulation to operate as a flexible current/voltage source. The LT3952’s 3 V to 42 V input voltage range makes it ideal for a wide variety of applications, including automotive, industrial and architectural lighting.

60V LED Driver with Internal 4A Switch & PWM Generator – [Link]

20 May 2015


Top-class component should be equipped with a top class documentation. That´s also a case of many AC/DC and DC/DC modules series from Traco Power.

Demands of various application also vary. While somewhere it´s enough to know, that a given power supply will give us „some DC12V/1A“ or that a given „LED shines green and withstands 20mA“, in majority of cases we naturally need much more about a given component. Somewhere at the end of this chart are applications, where we need to know literally every parameter, including commonly non-mentioned parameters and graphs from a real measurement.

From this point of view, Swiss company Traco Power is really helpful at development and at selecting given AC/DC or DC/DC module, as all power modules are equipped with quality documentation in a form of detailed datasheets, certificates, 3D drawings and similar. Masterpiece – the application notes are available for several „high performance“ modules like for example TEN8WI module.

TEN8xxxxWI is the 8W DC/DC isolating module with a high energy density, enhanced range of operating temperatures and a wide input voltage range( 4:1). Besides a common documentation, there´s also available the TEN8WI application note, where we can find all important information for successful usage even in critical applications (EN50155-railways), including EMC characteristics, thermal consideration, recommended PCB layout and other.

For applications, where we don´t require that wide input voltage range, the standard TEN8 version (non- „WI“) is intended. In the TEN8 and TEN8WI families can be found a large amount of types with various input voltages (input 9-18VDC, 18-36, 36-75 or 9-36, 18-75 at the WI series) and 3.3 to 15Vdc output, including symmetrical ones (for example +-12V). On stock we keep a few versions, all other versions we´re able to supply you in a short leadtime.

Detailed information will provide you datasheets at particular types, as well as above-mentioned TEN8WI application note, TEN8WI certificate, TEN8WI-3D drawing and the TEN8 series filter design.

Aren’t you very satisfied with “empty” datasheets? – [Link]

18 May 2015


The LTC®3892/LTC3892-1 is a high performance dual step-down DC/DC switching regulator controller that drives all N-channel synchronous power MOSFET stages. Power loss and noise are minimized by operating the two controller output stages out-of-phase.

The gate drive voltage can be programmed from 5V to 10V to allow the use of logic or standard-level FETs and to maximize efficiency. Internal switches in the top gate drivers eliminate the need for external bootstrap diodes.

LTC3892/LTC3892-1 – 60V Low IQ, Dual, 2-Phase Synchronous Step-Down DC/DC Controller – [Link]

4 Mar 2015


by DAVID BURGOON @ edn.com:

There are several ways to produce a negative voltage from a positive voltage source, including using a transformer or two inductors and/or multiple switches. However, none are as easy as using the LTC3863, which is elegant in its simplicity, has superior efficiency at light loads and reduces parts count compared to alternative solutions.

The LTC3863 can produce a –0.4V to –150V negative output voltage from a positive input range of 3.5V to 60V. It uses a single-inductor topology with one active P-channel MOSFET switch and one diode. The high level of integration yields a simple, low parts-count solution.

AppNote: Inverting DC/DC controller converts a positive input to a negative output with a single inductor – [Link]

13 Feb 2015


By Chris Glaser @ ti.com:

Especially for switch-mode power supplies (SMPSs), the printed circuit board (PCB) layout is a critical but often under appreciated step in achieving proper performance and reliability. Errors in the PCB layout cause a variety of misbehaviors including poor output voltage regulation, switching jitter, and even device failure. Issues like these should be avoided at all costs, since fixing them usually requires a PCB design modification. However, these pitfalls are easily circumvented if time and thought are spent during the PCB layout process before the first PCBs are ever ordered. This article presents five simple steps to ensure that your next step-down converter’s PCB layout is robust and ready for prototyping.

Five steps to a great PCB layout for a step-down converter – [Link]

6 Feb 2015


by Steve Taranovich @ edn.com:

Linear Technology Corporation just announced another in its series of power management ICs for automotive usage, the LT8640, a 5A, 42V input capable synchronous step-down switching regulator. A unique Silent Switcher™ architecture, combined with spread spectrum frequency modulation, reduces EMI/EMC emissions by more than 25dB even with switching frequencies in excess of 2MHz, enabling it to easily pass the automotive CISPR25, Class 5 peak limits. This feature varies the clock with a triangular frequency modulation of +20%.

Silent Switcher with high efficiency and low EMI/EMC – [Link]

3 Feb 2015


by Susan Nordyk @ edn.com:

A synchronous PWM controller for negative-to-negative or negative-to-positive DC/DC conversion, the LT8709 from Linear Technology is easily configured for buck, boost, buck-boost, and inverting topologies to accommodate a wide range of power-supply designs. The device’s synchronous operation means that the output diode is replaced with a high-efficiency P-channel MOSFET, increasing efficiency and allowing for higher output currents of up to 20 A. It also eliminates the heat sink typically required in medium- to high-power applications.

The LT8709 operates over an input range of -4.5 V to -80 V and produces an output from -0.1 V to as high as 60 V or from -1.4 V to as low as -80 V. Its rail-to-rail output-current monitor and control enable the device to be configured as a current source. The controller has an EN/FBIN pin that accepts slowly varying input signals, as well as an adjustable undervoltage lockout function.

Buck/boost/inverting controller delivers up to 20 A – [Link]

2 Feb 2015


Linear Technology announces the LT3790, a synchronous buck-boost DC/DC controller that delivers up to 250 W of power with a single IC. Its 4.7 V to 60 V input voltage range makes it ideal for a wide variety of automotive and industrial applications. Its output voltage can be set from 0 V to 60 V, making it well suited as a voltage regulator or battery/supercapacitor charger. The LT3790’s internal 4-switch buck-boost controller operates from input voltages above, below or equal to the output voltage, making it ideal for applications such as automotive, where the input voltage can vary dramatically during stop/start, cold crank and load dump scenarios. Transitions between buck, pass-through and boost operating modes are seamless, offering a well regulated output in spite of wide variations of supply voltage. The LT3790’s unique design utilizes three control loops to monitor input current, output current and output voltage to deliver optimal performance and reliability.

60V, Synchronous Buck-Boost Controller – [Link]

31 Jan 2015


The LMR16006 is a PWM DC/DC buck (step-down) regulator. With a wide input range of 4 V to 60 V, it is suitable for a wide range of application from industrial to automotive for power conditioning from an unregulated source. The regulator’s standby current is 28 µA in ECO mode, which is suitable for battery operating systems. An ultra low 1 µA shutdown current can further prolong battery life. Operating frequency is fixed at 0.7 MHz (X version) and 2.1 MHz (Y version) allowing the use of small external components while still being able to have low output ripple voltage. Soft-start and compensation circuits are implemented internally, which allows the device to be used with minimized external components. The LMR16006 is optimized for up to 600 mA load currents.

LMR16006 SIMPLE SWITCHER 60V Buck Regulators with High Efficiency ECO Mode – [Link]

26 Jan 2015


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]





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