Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LT8640S, a 6A, 42V input synchronous step-down switching regulator. Its unique Silent Switcher†2 architecture uses two internal input capacitors as well as internal BST and INTVCC capacitors to minimize the area of the hot loops. Combined with very well controlled switching edges and an internal construction with an integral ground plane and the use of copper pillars in lieu of bond wires, the LT8640Sís design dramatically reduces EMI/EMC emissions. This improved EMI/EMC performance is not sensitive to board layout, simplifying design and reducing risk even when using two layer PC boards. The LT8640S can easily pass the automotive CISPR 25, Class 5 peak EMI limits with a 2MHz switching frequency over its entire load range. Spread spectrum frequency modulation is also available to lower EMI/EMC levels further.
The LT8640Sís synchronous rectification delivers efficiency as high as 95 percent with a switching frequency of 2 MHz. Its 3.4 V to 42 V input voltage range is ideal for automotive and industrial applications. The internal high efficiency switches can deliver up to 6 A of continuous output current and peak loads of 7 A to voltages as low as 0.97 V. The LT8640Sís Burst Mode†operation offers only 2.5 ĶA of quiescent current, well suited for applications such as automotive always-on systems, which need to extend operating battery life. The LT8640Sís unique design maintains a minimum dropout voltage of 100 mV (at 1A) under all conditions, enabling it to excel in scenarios such as automotive cold-crank. Furthermore, a fast minimum on-time of only 30ns enables 2 MHz constant frequency switching from a 16 V input to a 1.5 V output, enabling designers to optimize efficiency while avoiding critical noise-sensitive frequency bands. The LT8640Sís 24-lead, 4mm by 4mm LQFN package and high switching frequency keeps external inductors and capacitors small, providing a compact, thermally efficient footprint.
The LT8640S utilizes internal top and bottom high efficiency power switches with the necessary boost diode, oscillator, control and logic circuitry integrated into a single die. Low ripple Burst Mode operation maintains high efficiency at low output currents while keeping output ripple below 10mVP-P. For applications requiring the lowest noise operation, the LT8640S can be programmed to run in forced continuous mode over the entire load range. Its switching frequency is programmable and synchronizable from 200 kHz to 3 MHz. Special design techniques and a new high speed process enable high efficiency over a wide input voltage range, and the LT8640ís current mode topology enables fast transient response and excellent loop stability. Other features include internal compensation, a power good flag, output soft-start/tracking and thermal protection.
The LT8640SEV is packaged in a 4 mm by †4 mm LQFN package. An industrial temperature version, the LT8640SIV, is tested and guaranteed to operate from a Ė40įC to 125įC operating junction temperature.