New synchronous step-down controller provides true current mode control

This new DCR sensing technique dramatically reduces the switching jitter normally associated with low DCR resistance applications. DCR temperature compensation maintains a constant and accurate current limit threshold over a broad temperature range.

The device operates from a 4.5V to 38V input voltage range that encompasses a wide range of applications including most intermediate bus voltages & battery voltages. Strong onboard N-channel MOSFET gate drivers allow the use of high power external MOSFETs, DrMOS devices or power blocks for an output current of up to 40A, with output voltages ranging from 0.6V to 5V.

The LTC3866 can be paralleled for even higher power multiphase applications. An onboard differential amplifier provides remote output voltage sensing of both the positive and negative terminals, enabling high accuracy regulation independent of IR losses (up to ±500mV) in trace runs. A low current sense threshold from 10mV to 30mV can be selected. The fixed operating frequency is adjustable from 250kHz to 770kHz or can be synchronized to an external clock. Additional features include an internal bias voltage regulator, soft start or tracking, overvoltage protection, soft short-circuit recovery, current limit foldback, thermal shutdown and external VCC control.

The LTC3866 operates over a -40°C to 125°C junction temperature range, and is available in thermally enhanced 4mm x 4mm QFN-24 and TSSOP-24E packages

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