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60V 2MHz Buck-Boost Controllers Regulate High Power Voltage and Current with High Efficiency and Low EMI

Keith Szolusha - Applications Engineering Section Leader Aug 24th 2017
Design Note DN567: Introduction Synchronous buck-boost controllers are versatile and highly efficient. They can produce high power as both a boost and a buck with a single inductor, keeping power supply design simple. Normally, a buck-boost controller in a high power application is operated at a standard or low switching frequency, ...

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Simple Power Backup Supply for a 3.3V Rail

Victor Khasiev - Applications Engineer Aug 8th 2017
Design Note DN565: Introduction Data loss is a concern in telecom, industrial and automotive applications where embedded systems require a dependable supply of power. Sudden power interruptions can corrupt data during read and write operations performed by hard drives and flash memory. Designers often use batteries, capacitors ...

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High Efficiency Solar MPPT Battery Charger Using LT8611 and AD5245

Perry Faubert - FAE Jul 10th 2017
Introduction Outdoor applications that use solar panels in the range of a few watts often use a microcontroller-based MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking)  function to extract the maximum power available over the full range of environmental operating conditions. Many microcontroller-based MPPT solutions designed for ...

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Low EMI Power Solutions and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Standards

Kevin B. Scott - Senior Strategic Marketing Engineer May 30th 2017
Low EMI Solutions and ElectromagneticCompatibility (EMC) Standards Many Linear Technology Power Products are compliant to a specific electromagnetic compatibility standard. The most commonly referenced standards are EN 55022, CISPR 22 Class B, FCC Part 15 Class B, and CISPR 25. When testing a power solution, there ...

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No-Opto Flyback DC/DC Converters & Snubber Protection Circuits

Kevin B. Scott - Senior Strategic Marketing Engineer
George Qian - Senior Applications Engineer
May 2nd 2017
Flyback Solutions The flyback DC/DC converter topology is one of several topologies that allow the input voltage to be above or below the output voltage. The SEPIC and buck-boost topologies also allow this, but there are times when a flyback is the more desirable solution: namely when isolation is required (for noise immunity ...

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Wireless Current Sense Circuit Floats with Sense Resistor

Kris Lokere - Strategic Applications Manager Apr 25th 2017
Introduction Measuring the current that flows through a sense resistor seems easy. Amplify the voltage, read it with an ADC, and now you know what the current is. But it gets more difficult if the sense resistor itself sits at a voltage that is very different from system ground. Typical solutions bridge that voltage difference ...

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60V Low IQ, Dual Output Synchronous Step-Down Controller with Adjustable Gate Drive

Victor Khasiev - Applications Engineer Mar 31st 2017
Design Note 562: Introduction The LTC®3892 is a dual output synchronous buck controller featuring a wide input voltage range of 4.5V to 60V and an output voltage of 0.8V to 99% of VIN. The combination of the LTC3892’s built-in FET drivers and external FETs yield high efficiency and high power capability, up to 97% ...

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LT8310/LT1431 92W Isolated Forward Converter with Opto Feedback; VIN = 48V, VOUT = 54V@1.7A

George Qian - Senior Applications Engineer Mar 29th 2017
The LT8310 is a constant-frequency resonant reset forward converter controller with a low side N-channel MOSFET gate driver. The LT8310 has a wide input voltage range from 6V to 100V. Its switching frequency can be programed from 100kHz to 500kHz to optimize efficiency, performance or external component size. The LT8310’s ...

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Low Noise Power Supplies Come in Many Flavors: Part 3 - Buck Converters

Kevin B. Scott - Senior Strategic Marketing Engineer
Tim Sourdif - Senior Design Engineer
Mar 23rd 2017
In Part 1 of the series, we looked at linear regulators for lowest output noise performance. In Part 2, charge pump solutions with integrated post linear regulators we highlighted. In these previous examples, circuit efficiency was a lower priority. But what if low output voltage noise and high efficiency are both desired? ...

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High Voltage, High Efficiency Positive to Negative Converter

Victor Khasiev - Applications Engineer Mar 8th 2017
Design Note 561: Introduction Positive to negative conversion (inverting output) is widely used in LCD devices, OLED displays, audio amplifiers, industrial machinery, semiconductor manufacturing process control equipment, measurement tools, testing systems, LED drivers and battery chargers. Many of these applications require ...

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High Efficiency, 15V Rail-to-Rail Output Synchronous Step-Down Regulator Can Source or Sink 5A

Tim Kozono - Applications Engineer Jan 23rd 2017
Design Note 560: Introduction The LTC®3623 is a high efficiency, monolithic synchronous step-down regulator capable of sourcing or sinking up to 5A of continuous output current from an input voltage range of 4V to 15V. Its compact 3mm × 5mm QFN package incorporates an abundance of features including a low EMI Silent ...

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Switch Mode Power Supply Current Sensing - Part 3: Current Sensing Methods

Henry Zhang - Applications Engineering Manager
Kevin B. Scott - Senior Strategic Marketing Engineer
Nov 22nd 2016
The three commonly employed current sensing methods for switch mode power supplies are: are using a sense resistor, using the MOSFET RDS(ON) and using the DC resistance (DCR) of the inductor. Each method offers advantages and disadvantages that should be considered when selecting one method over another.  Sense Resistor ...

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Switch Mode Power Supply Current Sensing - Part 1: The Basics

Henry Zhang - Applications Engineering Manager
Mike Shriver - Senior Applications Engineer
Kevin B. Scott - Senior Strategic Marketing Engineer
Nov 20th 2016
Current mode control is widely used for switching mode power supplies due to its high reliability, simple loop compensation design, and simple and reliable load sharing capability. The current sense signal is an essential part of a current mode switch mode power supply design; it is used to regulate the output and also provides ...

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60V Input Monolithic Converter Powers Critical Circuits without Supercaps or Other Additional Components

Victor Khasiev - Applications Engineer Nov 15th 2016
Design Note DN1040: Introduction The LTC3649 is a monolithic step-down regulator capable of operating from an input voltage range of 3.1V to 60V, and efficiently producing a (single) resistorprogrammable output voltage at up to 4A of output current. These features alone make it a compelling industrial or automotive supply for ...

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Hybrid Wide Dimming Ratio Linear LED Current Controller Using LT8614 & LT3083/LT6015

Tom Mosteller - Field Applications Engineer Oct 17th 2016
Many applications for LED illumination require wide dimming ratios. This can be accomplished simply via an adjustable current source as show below.  The current source can be varied by a number of different means, and a large LED current range can be achieved. The primary problem with this technique is that the power dissipation ...

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LT3759 Wide Vin, 48V @ >100mA Output Boost Converter that Works Down to 1.6V

Christopher Jarboe - Associate Applications Engineer Oct 3rd 2016
The LT®3759 is a wide input range, current mode, DC/DC controller which is capable of regulating either positive or negative output voltages from a single feedback pin. It can be configured as a boost, SEPIC or inverting converter. An internal LDO regulator draws power from VIN or DRIVE to provide up to a 4.75V supply for ...

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How NOT to Damage Your Switching Regulator Demo Board

Christopher Jarboe - Associate Applications Engineer Sep 2nd 2016
Introduction: A great way to develop a design is to start with an existing demo board and modify it. While this simplifies the process, there are a few pitfalls to be aware of so that you do not have to spend time tracking down and replacing damaged components. Below are four common ways to damage your circuit. 1) Improper ...

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6A Monolithic Synchronous DC/DC Step-Down Converter with Digital Power System Management

Haoran Wu - Applications Engineer Aug 10th 2016
Design Note 554: Introduction Digital Power System Management (PSM) controllers usually target high current point-of-load (POL) applications. Lower current applications, with up to 6A load current, can also benefit from PSM features. The LTC®3815 is a 6A monolithic synchronous stepdown converter with digital power monitoring ...

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Electrolytic Capacitor-Based Data Backup Power Solution for a 12V System Regulated from 5V to 36V Input

Victor Khasiev - Applications Engineer Jul 5th 2016
Design Note 553: Introduction Data loss is a concern in telecom, industrial and automotive applications where embedded systems depend on a consistent supply of power. Sudden power interruptions can corrupt data during read and write operations for hard drives and flash memory. Often, embedded systems need just 10ms to 50ms ...

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95% Efficient at 2MHz 42V Sync Buck

Jun 24th 2016
Linear Technology’s family of high voltage synchronous step-down DC/DC switching regulators offer up to 95% efficiency. Switching at 2MHz, these low EMI parts utilize the Silent Switcher technology. Other features include spread spectrum frequency modulation, ultra-low quiescent current and are available with single, dual, ...

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No-Opto Isolated Flyback Converters

Jun 10th 2016
The no-opto isolated flyback parts from Linear need no opto-coupler or LT1431 shunt regulator for regulation. They sense the isolated output voltage directly from the primary-side waveform. This simplifies the design, allows for a smaller solution size and only requires one component crossing the isolation barrier. The load, ...

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Inverting Regulator Takes Inputs Up to 50V and Supports Outputs to 4A

Victor Khasiev - Applications Engineer May 25th 2016
Design Note 552: Introduction Positive-to-negative DC/DC conversion (inverting output) is widely used in LCD devices, OLED displays, audio amplifiers, industrial equipment, measurement tools, test systems, LED drivers and battery chargers. In all of these cases, the inverting converter must be compact, support high power and ...

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Ultrathin Triple Output μModule Regulator for DDR, QDR and QDR-IV SRAM Fits 0.5cm2 Area and Backside of PCB

Afshin Odabaee - Business Manager - uModule Power Products
Sam Young - Applications Engineer
Apr 18th 2016
Design Note 551: Introduction Delivering the highest RTR (random transaction rate) of QDR (quad data rate) SRAMs, QDR-IV provides up to 400Gbps data transfer for high bandwidth networking, high performance computing and intensive data processing applications. A key challenge at these faster data rates is maintaining the integrity ...

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60V, 4A Synchronous Monolithic Step-Down Regulator Has Rail-to Rail Operation

Apr 5th 2016
Design Note 550: Introduction The LTC3649 is a high efficiency synchronous monolithic step-down regulator, which integrates top and bottom N-channel MOSFETs on the die. This regulator features a wide input voltage range, 3.1V to 60V, and a wide output voltage range from 0V to (VIN − 0.5V). This extremely wide range of ...

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A New Era in Space Products - Radiation Tolerant

T.J. Fure - Product Marketing Manager
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Mar 23rd 2016
Recent developments have made doing business in space ever more achievable to a broadening base of companies. A market previously consisting solely of major defense contractors and national governments has been disrupted by a growing list of commercial companies determined to deploy an enterprise beyond the confines of our terrestrial ...

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Differences Between the Ćuk Converter and the Inverting Charge Pump Converter

Kevin B. Scott - Senior Strategic Marketing Engineer
Jesus Rosales - Applications Engineer
Mar 7th 2016
The Ćuk converter (also referred to as the two inductor inverting converter), the inverting charge pump and the single inductor inverting converter (also referred to as the inverting buck-boost) all provide a negative output voltage from a positive input voltage. However, engineers often unknowingly refer to these topologies ...

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Powering Altera Arria 10 FPGA and Arria 10 SoC: Tested and Verified Power Management Solutions

Afshin Odabaee - Business Manager - uModule Power Products Feb 19th 2016
Design Note DN549: Introduction FPGA development kits allow system developers to evaluate an FPGA without having to design a complete system. Figures 1 and 2 show Altera’s new 20nm Arria 10 FPGAs and Arria 10 SoCs (System-on-Chip) development boards. These boards are tested and verified by Altera, exemplifying best design ...

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VID Controller with Phase Extender Provides 120A Power Supply for Latest Generation of FPGAs, ASICs and Processors

Mike Shriver - Senior Applications Engineer Jan 12th 2016
DN547: Introduction The current drawn by FPGAs, ASICs and processors for high performance servers, network and computing systems continues to rise, and load currents of 100A or greater are becoming common. Meanwhile, the chip's operating voltages are dropping to 0.9V and below with tighter voltage regulation requirements. For ...

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42V High Power Density Buck Regulators in a Tiny QFN Package

Ying Cheng - Sr Apps Eng Dec 7th 2015
Design Note 1038: Introduction Power dissipation is a significant problem facing the designers of DC/DC converters in industrial and automotive applications, where high currents are required, but space is limited. It is possible to produce a highly efficient regulator from high performance discrete components, but expense and ...

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Ultrathin Dual 2.5A or Single 5A μModule Regulator Fits on the Backside of PCBs, Allowing Space on the Topside for Digital ICs

Afshin Odabaee - Business Manager - uModule Power Products
Sam Young - Applications Engineer
Nov 23rd 2015
Design Note 546: Introduction The top side of a typical system board, such as a PCIe card, is densely populated with FPGAs/ASICs/ microprocessors, transceivers, connectors, memory ICs and DC/DC regulators, while the backside is often unused. This is a common side effect of the significant difference in top vs back side height ...

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Monolithic Converter Delivers High Output Voltages

Jesus Rosales - Applications Engineer Nov 4th 2015
Design Note 545: Introduction Industrial, telecom, medical and automotive applications use a wide variety of regulated voltages to operate effectively, including high voltage and negative rails. When the designer is faced with producing industrial power supplies, the job can be simplified by minimizing the parts count, as well ...

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Spread Spectrum Frequency Modulation Reduces EMI

Kevin B. Scott - Senior Strategic Marketing Engineer
Greg Zimmer - Senior Product Marketing Engineer
Nov 4th 2015
Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR), Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Electromagnetic Compliance (EMC) are terms that pertain to energy from electrically charged particles and the associated magnetic fields that can potentially interfere with circuit performance and signal transmissions. With the proliferation of wireless ...

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Easily Boost 12V to 140V with a Single Converter IC

Victor Khasiev - Applications Engineer Sep 28th 2015
Design Note 1033: Introduction Generating a high voltage from a much lower voltage presents a number of challenges for the classical single stage boost topology. For instance, the maximum duty cycle limitation of a boost controller may not allow the required step-up ratio. Even if it does, there is often a sharp decrease in ...

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42V Quad Monolithic Synchronous Step-Down Regulator with 30μA Quiescent Current

Zhongming Ye - Applications Engineer Sep 21st 2015
Design Note 544: Introduction Industrial and automotive applications require robust, easy-to-use, compact DC/DC converters to produce a variety of low voltage power supplies. The LT8602 monolithic quad synchronous step-down converter in a 6mm × 6mm package is capable of providing four outputs from a wide input range of ...

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Signal Level Shifting with μModule Regulator for Positive-to-Negative Inverting Appliications

Sam Young - Applications Engineer Sep 3rd 2015
Introduction Linear μModule regulators are perfect for point-of-load supplies because their easy-to-drop-in, compact, all-in-one design. They fit tight spaces with minimal engineering effort—only a few components are required in addition to the µModule package itself. Any step-down µModule ...

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Positive to Negative Converter with Variable Output Using LTC3630 and LT6015/LT6016

Philip Lane - Field Applications Engineer
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Sep 1st 2015
There was a window of time in the 1950s and early ’60s when negative voltage rails were commonplace, when germanium PNP transistors were prevalent—like those used in an old “transistor radio”, now worth a fortune on Ebay. Nowadays, NPN transistors are more prevalent, since they basically work ...

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Data Backup Solution for 1mm, Low Profile Industrial Applications

Victor Khasiev - Applications Engineer Aug 25th 2015
Introduction Data backup and retention during a power interruption is required in a wide variety of industrial and automotive applications, where emergency backup power supplies (such as a UPS) may be unfeasible. For example, a vehicle may need to transmit geographical coordinates and the vehicle ID during an abrupt battery ...

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Robust 140V VIN, 400mA Step-Down Regulator for Industrial, Telecom and Automotive Environments

Mike Shriver - Senior Applications Engineer Aug 20th 2015
Design Note 543: Introduction The LTC®7138 is a 400mA step-down regulator that can operate over an input voltage range of 4V to 140V, ideal for industrial, telecom, automotive and other applications subject to harsh line transients. Due to the regulator’s hysteretic architecture, no external compensation is required. ...

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Dual 9A, Step-Down μModule Regulator with Digital Power System Management

Jian Li - Applications Engineering Section Leader
Yingyi Yan - Application Engineer
Marvin Macairan - Associate Applications Engineer
Jul 16th 2015
Design Note 542: Introduction The LTM4675 is a dual 9A or single 18A step-down μModule® (micromodule) DC/DC regulator featuring remote configurability and telemetry monitoring of power system management (PSM) parameters over PMBus—an open standard I2C-based digital interface protocol. Its 6mm × 11.9mm × ...

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36V Input, 8.5A Buck-Boost μModule Regulator Easily Parallels for Increased Power

Andy Radosevich - Applications Engineer Jun 16th 2015
Design Note DN540: Introduction The LTM®8055 is a buck-boost μModule® regulator with a 5V to 36V input range that can be easily paralleled to extend load current capability. Its 4-switch buck-boost topology features high efficiency while allowing the input voltage to be below, at or above the output—with smooth ...

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Buck-Boost μModule Regulator's External Current Sense Resistor For Paralleling ICs, Current Sharing and Overcurrent Protection

Kevin B. Scott - Senior Strategic Marketing Engineer Mar 17th 2015
Linear Technology's µModule 4-switch buck-boost regulators provide an integrated, high-efficiency solution for applications where the input voltage can be either above or below the desired output voltage. These fixed frequency, current mode devices require only a few external components to provide a minimal design ...

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Linduino PSM

Michael Jones - Applications Engineer Mar 12th 2015
While many engineers use a dongle and tools to configure Power System Management devices via PMBus, a growing number of designs are adding Board Management Controllers, or connecting their PMBus to an existing microcontroller or application processer. At LTC, the dongle/tool option is comprised of a DC1613 and LTpowerPlay, and ...

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LTC3890 & LTC4000 60V Input DC/DC Power Supply with Battery Backup

Victor Khasiev - Applications Engineer
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Feb 27th 2015
Introduction Circuitry presented in this article can be very useful for designing compact power supplies and extremely beneficial for system functioning in conditions of input power interruptions. The presented solution can be embedded into uninterruptible power systems or small standalone modules. It can be successfully employed ...

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LT3753 9V-15V Input to 54V/3A Isolated Forward Converter

Randyco Prasetyo - Applications Engineer
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Feb 26th 2015
The LT®3753 is a primary side, current-mode PWM controller optimized for an active clamp forward converter topology. It features a programmable volt-second clamp that provides a duty cycle guardrail to limit primary switch reset voltage and prevent transformer saturation during load transients. The LT3753 also features ...

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LTC3810 - High Efficiency Switching Surge Stopper

David Burgoon - Applications Engineer
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Feb 23rd 2015
The LTC®3810 high efficiency input limiter protects its load from excessive input voltage. At normal input voltages (<60V), it operates open loop at a very high duty cycle (>95%) to pass the input to the output at up to 5A with minimal voltage drop. When the input rises to an undesirable point (up to 75V), the ...

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17V Input, Dual 1A Output Synchronous Step-Down Regulator with Ultralow Quiescent Current

Haoran Wu - Applications Engineer Feb 13th 2015
Design Note DN537: Introduction The LTC®3622 dual 1A synchronous monolithic stepdown regulator enables compact, high efficiency supplies for battery powered systems and portable devices as well as general purpose point-of-load regulation. The tiny 14-pin, 3mm × 4mm DFN package takes input voltages from 2.7V to 17V, ...

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LT3752/LT8311 48Vin, 24Vout Active Clamp Forward Converter with High Light Load Efficiency

Fei Guo - Apps Engineer
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Feb 11th 2015
The LT3752 includes a number of programmable features that make it suitable for this application. For instance, programmable delays between various gate signals is used to prevent cross-conduction and to optimize efficiency, and programmable turn-on current spike blanking (adaptive leading edge blanking plus programmable extended ...

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LT3798/LT8309 5V, 2A Energy Star Compliant Isolated Converter

Jesus Rosales - Applications Engineer
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Feb 10th 2015
The focus of this circuirt was to take a design based on the LT®3798 and make it Energy Star Compliant; reduce no load, standby power to less than 300mW. That was achieved by adding the components highlighted in the dotted line box in the schematic inside the primary side. This circuit is simply a switch that removes ...

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LT8310/LT1431 81W Isolated Forward Converter with Opto Feedback; VIN = 12V/24V, VOUT = 54V@1.5A

George Qian - Senior Applications Engineer
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Jan 30th 2015
The LT8310 is a constant-frequency resonant reset forward converter controller with a low side N-channel MOSFET gate driver. The LT8310 has a wide input voltage range from 6V to 100V. Its switching frequency can be programed from 100kHz to 500kHz to optimize efficiency, performance or external component size. The LT8310's protection ...

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LT3790 240W High Efficiency Parallel Buck-Boost Regulator

Keith Szolusha - Applications Engineering Section Leader Jan 5th 2015
The LT3790 is a 4-switch synchronous buck-boost DC/DC converter that regulates both constant voltage and constant current at up to 98.5% efficiency using only a single inductor. It can deliver hundreds of watts and features a 60V input and output rating, making it an ideal DC/DC voltage regulator and battery charger ...

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Frequently Asked Questions: Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting With the LTC3108 & LTC3109

Dave Salerno - Design Section Leader Oct 6th 2014
Q. What are the target applications for the LTC3108 and LTC3109? A. As discussed in the datasheet, these parts target applications that require a low average power (in the milliwatt range or less). This could be a micro-controller that is running continuously, or a wireless sensor/transmitter that is operating at a low duty ...

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High Efficiency 100mA Synchronous Buck Converter with Wide Input Range from 4V to 150V

Charlie Zhao - Applications Eng Sep 17th 2014
Introduction The wide 4V to 150V input range of the LTC®3639 stepdown DC/DC converter allows automotive, avionics and distributed power systems to: Cover extensive transient requirements Enable multiple wide-ranging input power sources, such as a high voltage DC bus with a low voltage battery backup Create a ...

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LTC3788 Generates High Voltages Using a Two-Stage Boost Converter

Victor Khasiev - Applications Engineer
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Sep 17th 2014
Generating high voltages from low level sources is not an easy task. Engineers are facing the following problems when they try to implement single stage boost at high step-up ratios. Limitation of maximum duty cycle in boost controllers Sharp decrease in efficiency at long duty cycles High peak currents and EMI challenges ...

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LTC3786: High Efficiency Li-Ion Battery-to-USB Boost Converter

Goran Perica - Power Applications Section Leader
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Sep 16th 2014
The LTC®3786 is a high performance synchronous boost converter controller that drives all N-channel power MOSFETs. Synchronous rectification increases efficiency, reduces power losses and eases thermal requirements, enabling the LTC3786 to be used in high power boost applications. A 4.5V to 38V input supply range encompasses ...

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LTC3788 - High Efficiency Dual Boost Regulator with Independent Inputs

Victor Khasiev - Applications Engineer
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Aug 27th 2014
Linear Technology offers a line of high performance multiple dual output synchronous boost converters. However, most of the datasheet contains examples of these controllers using the same input voltage source for both outputs. In some circumstances there may be a need to derive two different high output voltages from two separate ...

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High Efficiency 6-Phase 80A Step-Down Regulator using LTM4630 (x3)

Haoran Wu - Applications Engineer
Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer
Jul 31st 2014
The LTM®4630 is a dual 18A or single 36A output switching mode step-down DC/DC μModule® (micromodule) regulator. Included in the package are the switching controllers, power FETs, inductors, and all supporting components. Operating from an input voltage range of 4.5V to 15V, the LTM4630 supports two outputs each with ...

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LT3752/LT8311 240W Isolated Forward Converter

Randyco Prasetyo - Applications Engineer Jul 28th 2014
The LT3752 includes a number of programmable features that make it suitable for this application. For instance, programmable delays between various gate signals is used to prevent cross-conduction and to optimize efficiency, and programmable turn-on current spike blanking (adaptive leading edge blanking plus programmable extended ...

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19V-29V input to 48V/2A Isolated Forward Converter using LT3753

Randyco Prasetyo - Applications Engineer Jul 28th 2014
The LT3753 is a primary side, current-mode PWM controller optimized for an active clamp forward converter topology. It features a programmable volt-second clamp that provides a duty cycle guardrail to limit primary switch reset voltage and prevent transformer saturation during load transients. The volt-second clamp also limits ...

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LTC Power System Management Tips for Success

Michael Petersen - Design Section Leader Jul 28th 2014
Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of Linear Technology's Power System Management (PSM) products by using them the way they were intended.  Follow these rules to stay out of trouble. Rule #1: When Sharing is Good a) Always connect SHARE_CLK pins together. This keeps all LTC PSM devices on a common ...

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Increasing Output Voltage and Current Range Using Series-Connected Isolated μModule Converters

Jesus Rosales - Applications Engineer
Willie Chan - Sr PME Power Modules
Jul 22nd 2014
Design Note DN530: Introduction Linear Technology’s isolated μModule® converters are compact solutions for breaking ground loops. These converters employ a flyback architecture whose maximum output current varies with input voltage and output voltage. Although their output voltage range is limited to a maximum ...

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LTspice: Simple Steps for Simulating Transformers

Gabino Alonso - Strategic Marketing Engineer Jul 1st 2014
Here is the simple approach to simulate a transformer in LTspice IV: Draft an inductor for each transformer winding Couple them using a single mutual inductance (K) statement via a SPICE directive: K1 L1 L2 L3 1 The last entry in the K statement is the coupling coefficient, which can vary between 0 and 1, where 1 represents ...

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TechClip Videos – Real, Repeatable Performance

Willie Chan - Sr PME Power Modules Jun 23rd 2014
With the advent of internet services like YouTube, product videos have become an important means for manufacturers to demonstrate the capabilities of their wares to customers, consumers and businesses alike. However, much like the products themselves, the quality and content of all product videos is not the same. Inspired by ...

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Miniature Isolated Solution Using LT8301 and Coupled Inductor

Bryan Legates - Director of Design Engineering
Chen Zheng - Design Engineer
Jun 19th 2014
Customers that require miniature solutions with only functional isolation often choose isolated modules. These solutions have very bulky form factors, and typically do not provide high power efficiency or a low no-load input current. In addition, the output voltages of these modules are usually unregulated, having large VOUT ...

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Dual Phase Buck Controller Drives High Density 1.2V/60A Supply with Submilliohm DCR Sensing

Mike Shriver - Senior Applications Engineer May 30th 2014
Introduction Designers of low output voltage rails for communication, networking, server and industrial systems are challenged to achieve greater load currents and higher efficiency in diminishing board space. The LTC®3774 dual output buck controller eases this burden by interfacing easily with DrMOS devices, providing ...

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10A μModule Step-Down Regulator with Advanced Input and Load Protection

Yan Liang - Applications Engineer May 7th 2014
Introduction Bus voltage surges pose a danger not only to the DC/DC converter, but also to the load. Traditional overvoltage protection schemes involving a fuse are not necessarily fast enough, nor dependable enough to protect loads such as FPGAs, ASICs and microprocessors. A better solution is to accurately and quickly detect ...

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LTM8050 TechClips - 58V, 2A Step-Down μModule Regulator

Willie Chan - Sr PME Power Modules
Dong Wang - Applications Engineer
Apr 30th 2014
Inverting (Negative) Outputs With a relatively wide input voltage and output voltage range, the LTM8050 is well suited for Inverting applications when a negative output voltage is desired. Watch the LTM8050 deliver a -12V output at 1.5A from a 24V Input with 83% efficiency and just a 54°C temperature rise over ambient. Highly ...

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The Low Output Voltage Ripple Zeta DC/DC Converter Topology

Mathew Wich - Design Section Leader
Fu Sun - Design Engineer
Apr 28th 2014
In the world of switching DC/DC converters the Zeta topology is a lesser known relative of the SEPIC topology. Both converters provide a positive output voltage that can be greater than, equal to or less than VIN while avoiding the complexity and cost of a buck-boost converter. The Zeta converter however, has the advantage of ...

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LTM4644 TechClips - Efficiency and Thermal Performance

Sam Young - Applications Engineer
Willie Chan - Sr PME Power Modules
Apr 13th 2014
The LTM4644 is a quad 4A step-down µModule regulator configurable as a quad, triple, dual or single output power supply in a small 9 x 15 x 5.01mm BGA. The high number of output options available in one package caters to the needs of FPGAs, ASICs and image sensors. Configured as a quad output, observe how the LTM4644 delivers ...

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LTM4624 TechClips - Efficiency, Thermal and Load Transient Performance

Sam Young - Applications Engineer
Willie Chan - Sr PME Power Modules
Apr 13th 2014
The LTM4624 is a 4A step-down µModule regulator in a tiny 6.25 x 6.25 x 5.01mm package. Requiring just two 1206 case size ceramic capacitors and a 0603 resistor for operation, the LTM4624 step-down solution requires less than one square centimeter on a single sided PCB. Watch the LTM4624 deliver greater than 80% efficiency ...

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80V Synchronous 4-Switch Buck-Boost Controller Delivers Hundreds of Watts with 99% Efficiency

Keith Szolusha - Applications Engineering Section Leader
Tage Bjorklund - Senior Applications Eng
Apr 2nd 2014
Introduction A DC/DC converter’s efficiency and component temperature are important considerations in high power applications where high current could overheat the catch diode used in an asynchronous buck or boost topology. Replacing the catch diode with a synchronous switch can significantly improve overall converter ...

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How to Probe the Switch Node of a μModule Regulator

Willie Chan - Sr PME Power Modules Mar 4th 2014
A common step in verifying if a power management circuit functions properly is to probe the switch node. But how does one perform that task on a power µModule regulator since the switch node is often not accessible? Using the LTM4611 as an example, Alan Chern explains how starting at the 42 second mark in this video he ...

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LTM4620 TechClips - Dual 13A or Single 26A DC/DC μModule Regulator

Mar 4th 2014
LTM4620 Current Sharing Two LTM4620 µModule regulators sharing current during start up, steady state and shut down.   LTM4620 Efficiency With 20V input and 1.2V output, the efficiency is measured across a range of load current. At 100A load current, the efficiency is measured at 83%.     LTM4620 ...

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Monolithic No-Opto Isolated Flyback Converter Provides Versatile Solution

George Qian - Senior Applications Engineer Feb 19th 2014
Introduction Traditionally, isolated power supplies use an optocoupler in the feedback loop to transfer regulation information across the isolation barrier. Unfortunately, an opto-coupler’s gain characteristic varies widely over temperature and lifetime, increasing the difficulty of power supply loop compensation. Linear ...

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Techniques to Maximize Solar Panel Power Output

Trevor Barcelo - Product Line Manager - Battery Management Feb 3rd 2014
Two recent articles, "Energy Harvesting With Low Power Solar Panels" and  "Solar Battery Charger Maintains High Efficiency at Low Light", discuss how to efficiently harvest energy with low power solar panels. Both of these articles mention a concept known as maximum power, which in the context of solar panels is the ability ...

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Dual 13A μModule Regulator with Digital Interface for Remote Monitoring & Control of Power

Jan 15th 2014
Digital Power System Management: Set, Monitor, Change and Log Power Managing power and implementing flexibility in a high rail count circuit board can be challenging, requiring hands-on probing with digital voltmeters and oscilloscopes, and often rework of PCB components. To simplify power management, especially from a remote ...

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Inverting DC/DC Controller Converts a Positive Input to a Negative Output with a Single Inductor

David Burgoon - Applications Engineer Dec 30th 2013
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 LTC®3863, which is elegant in its simplicity, has superior efficiency at light loads and reduces parts count compared to alternative ...

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Reduce EMI and Improve Efficiency with Silent Switcher Designs

Christian Kueck Dec 17th 2013
Switching regulators replace linear regulators in areas where low heat dissipation and efficiency are valued. The switching regulator is typically the first active component on the input power bus line, and therefore has a significant impact on the EMI performance of the complete converter circuit. Modern input filter components ...

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LTM4611 TechClips - Ultralow VIN, 15A DC/DC μModule Regulator

Jason Sekanina - Power Module Design Engineer Nov 5th 2013
15A High Efficiency Output from a Low Input Voltage The LTM4611 is a switch mode, step-down DC/DC μModule® regulator in a compact 15mm × 15mm × 4.32mm LGA surfacemount package. The switching controller, MOSFETs, inductor and supporting components are housed in the package. With a built-in differential remote ...

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Versatile Industrial Power Supply Takes High Voltage Input and Yields from Eight 1A to Two 4A Outputs

Martin Merchant - Sr. Applications Engineer Nov 1st 2013
Introduction Today’s industrial electronic systems contain many of the same components as consumer electronics— microcontrollers, FPGAs, system-on-chip ASICs and other electronics—requiring multiple low voltage rails at widely varied load currents. Industrial applications can also demand a pushbutton interface, ...

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Meet Green Standards in 24VAC and 12VAC Lighting Systems: Replace Halogen Bulbs with LEDs Driven by High Power Factor, High Efficiency Converter

Keith Szolusha - Applications Engineering Section Leader Oct 17th 2013
LEDs are increasingly used in 24VAC and 12VAC lighting systems as a robust, energy efficient and high performance alternative to halogen lamps. Power converters that drive the LEDs should have a high power factor (above 90% in order to meet generally accepted green standards), should be efficient, use a minimal number of components ...

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