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Ultrawide input voltage requirements are a common design problem for DC/DC converter applications, but when that range includes voltages both above and below the output voltage, the converter must perform both step-up and step-down functions. The LT3433 is a high voltage monolithic DC/DC converter that incorporates two switch elements, allowing for a unique topology that accommodates both step-up and step-down conversion using a single inductor.
A 4V-60V to 5V DC/DC converter is shown in Figure 2. This converter is well suited for 12V automotive battery applications, maintaining output voltage regulation with battery line voltages from 4V cold crank through 60V load dump.