Overview

Features and Benefits

  • Wide VIN Range: 4V to 38V Operation
  • RSENSE or DCR Current Sensing
  • ±1% Output Voltage Accuracy
  • Phase-Lockable Fixed Frequency: 250kHz to 750kHz
  • Dual N-Channel MOSFET Synchronous Drive
  • Very Low Dropout Operation: 99% Duty Cycle
  • Adjustable Output Voltage Soft-Start or Tracking
  • Output Current Foldback Limiting
  • Output Overvoltage Protection
  • 5V Internal Regulator
  • OPTI-LOOP® Compensation Minimizes COUT
  • Selectable Continuous, Pulse-Skipping or Burst Mode® Operation at Light Loads
  • Low Shutdown IQ: 20μA
  • VOUT Range: 0.8V to 5.5V
  • Thermally Enhanced 16-Lead MSOP, 16-Lead Narrow SSOP or 3mm × 3mm QFN Package

Product Details

The LTC3851A is a high performance synchronous step-down switching regulator controller that drives an all N-channel synchronous power MOSFET stage. A constant frequency current mode architecture allows a phase-lockable frequency of up to 750kHz.

OPTI-LOOP compensation allows the transient response to be optimized over a wide range of output capacitance and ESR values. The LTC3851A features a precision 0.8V reference that is compatible with a wide 4V to 38V input supply range.

The TK/SS pin ramps the output voltage during start-up. Current foldback limits MOSFET heat dissipation during short-circuit conditions. The MODE/PLLIN pin selects among Burst Mode operation, pulse-skipping mode or continuous inductor current mode at light loads and allows the IC to be synchronized to an external clock. The LTC3851A contains an improved PLL compared to the LTC3851.

The LTC3851A-1 is a version with a power good output signal instead of adjustable current limit.

Features
LTC3851 Not Recommended For New Designs
LTC3851-1 Not Recommended For New Designs
LTC3851A Adjustable Current Limit
LTC3851A-1 PGOOD Output

Applications

  • Automotive Systems
  • Telecom Systems
  • Industrial Equipment
  • Distributed DC Power Systems

Product Lifecycle icon-recommended Production

At least one model within this product family is in production and available for purchase. The product is appropriate for new designs but newer alternatives may exist.

Evaluation Kits (1)

Tools & Simulations

LTspice

LTspice® is a powerful, fast and free simulation software, schematic capture and waveform viewer with enhancements and models for improving the simulation of analog circuits.

To launch ready-to-run LTspice demonstration circuits for this part:

Step 1: Download and install LTspice on your computer.

Step 2: Click on the link in the section below to download a demonstration circuit.

Step 3: If LTspice does not automatically open after clicking the link below, you can instead run the simulation by right clicking on the link and selecting “Save Target As.” After saving the file to your computer, start LTspice and open the demonstration circuit by selecting ‘Open’ from the ‘File’ menu.

LTspice

Models for the following parts are available in LTspice:

LTC3851
LTC3851-1
LTC3851A
LTC3851A-1

LTpowerCAD

LTpowerCAD® is a power supply design program which selects power stage components, provides detailed power efficiency, shows quick loop Bode plot stability and load transient analysis, and can export to LTspice for simulation.

To open the project file for this circuit:

Step 1: Download and install LTpowerCAD on your computer.

Step 2: Click on the link(s) in the section below to download part-specific project files.

Step 3: If the project file doesn't run, right-click the link and select "Save Target As." Then start the LTpowerCAD tool and open the project file by selecing "Open Project" from the "File" menu.

LTPowerCAD

Design tools for the following parts are available in LTpowerCAD:

LTC3851A
LTC3851A-1

Product Recommendations

LTC3851A Companion Parts

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Design Resources

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