Linear Technology has announced the H- and MP-grade versions of the LTC3853, a triple output synchronous step-down switching regulator controller. This device operates over a 4.5V to 24V input voltage range, can produce output currents up to 20A per phase with output voltages ranging from 0.8V to 13.5V at up to 95% efficiency. These H- and MP-grade versions are guaranteed over operating junction temperatures from -40°C to 150°C and -55°C to 150°C, respectively.

The LTC3853 has1.1 Ohm on-chip MOSFET gate drivers. A constant-frequency current mode architecture allows a selectable fixed or synchronised frequency from 250kHz to 750kHz. Power loss and supply noise are minimised by operating the three stages 120° out-of-phase. Output current sensing is accomplished by measuring the voltage drop across the output inductor (DCR) or by using an optional sense resistor. Current foldback limits MOSFET heat dissipation during short-circuit and overload conditions. In addition, the LTC3853 has adjustable soft-start or tracking. Selectable Burst Mode operation, pulse skipping or continuous inductor current modes are user controlled to optimize light load efficiency.

The LTC3853 features a precision 0.8V reference with an accuracy of ±1.25% over a -55°C to 150°C operating temperature range. With up to 98% duty cycle, the LTC3853 has a very low dropout voltage, a useful feature for extending run times in battery-powered applications. The LTC3853 is available in a thermally enhanced 6mm x 6mm QFN-40 package. Pricing for 1,000-piece quantities begins at $4.24 each. 

Summary of Features: LTC3853

  • Triple, 120° Out-of-Phase Controller Reduces Noise and Input Capacitance
  • Tracking and Phase-Locked Loop Synchronization
  • Safely Powers Pre-Biased Loads
  • Fixed or Synchronizable Operating Frequency from 250kHz to 750kHzM
  • DCR or RSENSE Current Sense Options
  • Peak Current Mode Control
  • Strong Onboard N-Channel MOSFET Gate Driver
  • Onboard 5V Linear Regulator
  • Selectable Burst Mode, Pulse Skip, or Forced Continuous Operating Modes
  • ±1.25% Reference Voltage Accuracy Over -55°C to +150°C
  • Programmable Soft-Start
  • Power Good Signal
  • Extended and Industrial Grades: -40°C to 125°C Operating Junction Temp
  • Automotive Temp Grade: -40°C to 150°C Operating Junction Temp
  • Military Temp Grade: -55°C to 150°C Operating Junction Temp