60V Multiphase Synchronous Boost Controller Delivers High Currents with 97 Percent Efficiency

ltc3784Linear Technology Corp. has announced the LTC3784, a high power two phase single output synchronous step-up DC/DC controller that replaces rectifying boost diodes with high efficiency N-channel MOSFETs. This device can produce a 24 V output at 10 A from a 12 V input at up to 97 percent efficiency without any heat sink. The LTC3784 operates from an input voltage ranging from 4.5 V to 60 V during start-up, maintains operation down to 2.3 VIN after start-up and can regulate an output voltage as high as 60 V.

When configured for Burst Mode operation, the LTC3784’s 28 µA quiescent current makes it well suited for “Always-on” automotive applications to extend battery run-time during standby mode while keeping the output voltage in regulation. The powerful 1.2 Ohm onboard N-channel MOSFET gate drivers are capable of slewing large MOSFETs quickly. The device’s current mode architecture, clock output and phase modulation enable easy paralleling of multiple devices for up to 12-phase operation for very high power applications. The LTC3784 has a phase-lockable switching frequency from 75 kHz to 850 kHz or a selectable fixed frequency from 50 kHz to 900 kHz. In addition, this device features adjustable cycle-by-cycle current limit and can use a sense resistor or the voltage drop across the inductor (DCR) for current sensing. In keep alive applications where the input voltage may exceed the regulated output voltage, the LTC3784 allows the synchronous MOSFET to be kept on continuously so that the output voltage follows the input voltage with minimal power loss. Furthermore, the LTC3784 has adjustable soft-start, a power good output and maintains ±1 percent reference voltage accuracy over an operating junction temperature range of -55°C to 150°C (MP grade).

The LTC3784 is available in SSOP-28 and 4 mm by 5 mm QFN-28 packages. The LTC3784E and LTC3784I versions operate from a -40°C to 125°C junction temperature. The LTC3784H grade is guaranteed to operate from a -40°C to 150°C operating junction temperature. The LTC3784MP is guaranteed to operate over a -55°C to 150°C operating junction temperature range. The 1,000-piece price starts at $3.76 each.