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Linear Tech Triple Synchronous Step-Down DC-DC Converter Delivers Independent 800mA Outputs From 3 x 3mm QFN

February 10, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

Linear Technology announced the LTC3545, a triple channel, high efficiency, 2.25 MHz, synchronous buck regulator that delivers up to 800mA of output current from each channel from a 3mm x 3mm QFN package.

Using a constant frequency, current mode architecture, the LTC3545 operates from an input voltage range of 2.25 to 5.5V, making it suitable for single cell Li-Ion/polymer, or multicell alkaline/NiCad/NiMH applications. It can generate output voltages as low as 0.6V, enabling it to power the latest generation of low voltage DSPs and microcontrollers. The LTC3545’s 2.25MHz switching frequency enables the utilization of tiny, low cost ceramic capacitors and inductors less than 1mm in height. This, combined with a 3 x 3mm QFN package, is said to provide a very compact triple output solution for handheld applications.

The LTC3545’s internal synchronous switches offer efficiencies as high as 95% while Burst Mode® operation minimizes quiescent current to only 58uA in no load conditions. For applications demanding the lowest possible noise, the LTC3545 can run in a pulse skipping mode to minimize output ripple. The LTC3545 offers Power Good indicators on two of its channels and is synchronizable to an external clock. The LTC3545-1 offers Power Good indicators on all three channels, but must always use Burst Mode operation. Both versions of the LTC3545 utilize low dropout 100% duty cycle operation to extend battery run-time. Each channel has independent enable pins, offering design flexibility.

The LTC3545EUD and LTC3545EUD-1 are both available from stock in 16-lead 3 x 3mm QFN packages. Pricing starts at $3.10 each in 1,000-piece quantities for both versions.