Step down regulator discards inductors

Step down regulator discards inductors

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By Nick Flaherty

The LTC3256 has a wide 5.5V to 38V input voltage range and includes independently enabled dual outputs: a 5V 100mA supply and a 250mA 3.3V low-dropout (LDO) regulator, for a total of 350mA available output current. This combination of regulators offers much lower power dissipation than a dual-LDO solution. For example at 12V VIN and maximum load on both outputs, power dissipation is decreased by over 2W with the LTC3256, thus reducing significant heat and input current.

The LTC3256 is engineered for diagnostic coverage in ISO26262 systems and incorporates numerous safety and system monitoring features. The device is well-suited for a variety of applications requiring low noise, low power rails from a high voltage input such as automotive ECU/CAN transceiver supplies, industrial/telecom housekeeping supplies, and general-purpose low-power 12V to 5V and 3.3V conversion.

The LTC3256 runs the charge pump in 2:1 mode, over as wide an operating range as possible, and automatically switches to 1:1 mode as needed, consistent with VIN and load conditions. Controlled input current and soft switching minimize conducted and radiated EMI. The device offers low quiescent current of only 20μA with both outputs regulating (no load) and 0.5μA in shutdown.

The integrated watchdog timer, independent power good outputs and reset input ensure reliable system operation and enable fault monitoring. A buffered 1.1V reference output enables system self-testing diagnostics for safety critical applications. It also has additional safety features including overcurrent fault protection, overtemperature protection and tolerance of 38V input transients.

The device is available in a thermally enhanced 16-lead MSOP package, with a backside thermal pad. The E- and I-grade operating junction temperature range is –40°C to 125°C, the H grade operates from –40°C to 150°C, and the MP grade operates from –55°C to 150°C. Devices are in stock, priced starting at $2.95 each for the E-grade.

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