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60V Triple Output, 29µA IQ Buck/Buck/Boost DC/DC Controller Maintains Regulation in Automotive & Heavy Truck Start/Stop Systems

Mar 2 2015 - MILPITAS, CA
  • Linear Technology Corporation announces the LTC3899, a triple output (buck, buck, boost) 29µA quiescent current, synchronous DC/DC controller that maintains output voltage regulation over a 2.2V to 60V input range. A 12V car battery can droop to less than 4 volts during engine restart or cold crank, causing reset of infotainment systems and other electronics that operate from 5 volts and higher. The boost converter feeds two step-down converters, avoiding output voltage dropout when a car battery droops, a useful feature in automotive start/stop systems that shut off the engine at idle to save fuel. The 60V maximum input voltage covers double battery truck applications. Alternatively, the buck controllers can be powered from the input as a general purpose triple output controller.


    The LTC3899 operates from an input voltage of 4.5V to 60V during start-up and maintains operation down to 2.2V after start-up. The boost and buck converters can produce output voltages up to 60V with efficiencies as high as 95%. In applications where the input voltage may exceed the regulated output voltage, the LTC3899 keeps the synchronous boost MOSFET on continuously so that the output voltage follows the input voltage with minimal power loss.


    In addition, the LTC3899 can be configured for Burst Mode® operation, reducing quiescent current to 29µA for one channel (39µA for all three channels on) with outputs in regulation in standby mode, a useful feature for preserving battery run times. The powerful 1Ω on-board all N-channel gate drivers minimize MOSFET switching losses and provide for output currents of more than 10 amps per channel, limited only by external components. Furthermore, the output current for each converter can be sensed by monitoring the voltage drop across the inductor (DCR) or by using a sense resistor. The LTC3899’s constant frequency current mode architecture enables a fixed frequency from 50kHz to 900kHz or it can be synchronized to an external clock from 75kHz to 850kHz. Additional features include an on-board LDO for IC power and gate drive, output voltage tracking or adjustable soft-start, a power good signal and an optional external VCC bias input.


    The LTC3899 is available in 38-lead SSOP and 38-pin 5mm × 7mm QFN packages. Four temperature grades are available, with operation from –40 to 125°C for the extended and industrial grades, a high temp automotive grade of –40°C to 150°C and a military grade of –55°C to 150°C. The 1,000-piece price starts at $4.95 each. For more information, visit www.linear.com/product/LTC3899.


    Summary of Features: LTC3899


    • All Outputs Remain in Regulation During Engine Restart
    • Wide Input Voltage Range: 4.5V to 38V During Start-Up, Down to 2.2V After Start-Up
    • Boost Output Voltage Up to 60V
    • Buck Output Voltage Range: 0.8V to 60V
    • Low 29µA Quiescent Current During Standby Condition
    • Up to 95% Efficiency
    • Powerful Onboard All N-Channel Gate Drivers
    • RSENSE or DCR Current Sensing
    • Power Up/Down Tracking & Sequencing
    • Current Mode Control
    • Fixed Programmable Operating Frequency from 50kHz to 900kHz
    • Synchronizable Operating Frequency from 75kHz to 850kHz
    • Extended & Industrial Temp 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

    Triple Output Buck/Buck/Boost DC/DC Controller

    LTC3899 PR Photo

    The USA list pricing shown is for budgetary use only. International prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees and exchange rates.


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