Linear unveils dual multi-topology DC/DC converters

Linear Technology has launched the LT8471, a dual DC/DC converter that uses two internal 2A, 50V switches and an additional 500mA switch to facilitate step-down, step-up, and inverting conversions. Each 2A channel can be independently configured as a buck, boost, SEPIC, flyback, ZETA or inverting DC/DC converter.

This broad range of topologies and output configurations makes it suitable for a wide range of industrial and automotive applications. The LT8471 operates from an input voltage range of 2.6V to 50V, making it suitable for applications with input sources ranging from a single-cell Li-Ion to automotive batteries.

The 50V internal switches can accommodate applications with inputs and outputs as high as 45V. The device is capable of generating both positive and negative outputs from a single converter, meaning that it can be used for a wide array of biasing applications. A small integrated 500mA boost converter facilitates both buck and single inductor inverting applications at optimal efficiencies. The device’s switching frequency is programmable and synchronisable from 100kHz to 2MHz, which keeps externals very small. The combination of a TSSOP package and tiny externals ensures a very compact footprint while minimising solution cost.

The LT8471’s high efficiency 50V switches deliver overall efficiencies up to 85% for buck and inverting applications. From a 6V to 32V input, the LT8471 delivers up to 1.5A at 5V and 650mA at -5V. A power good pin on each channel is offered for ease of use when event-based sequencing is required. The LT8471’s switching frequency can be programmed via a single resistor or synchronised to an external clock between 100kHz and 2MHz, minimising external component size and avoiding “noise critical” frequency bands.

Anti-phase switching reduces input ripple. Undervoltage and overvoltage lockout (UVLO/OVLO) is user adjustable for optimal system performance. Other features include external synchronization capability, soft-start and frequency foldback.



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