Features and Benefits
- Silent Switcher® Architecture
- Ultralow EMI Emissions
- Optional Spread Spectrum Modulation
- High Efficiency at High Frequency
- Up to 96% Efficiency at 1MHz, 12VIN to 5VOUT
- Up to 95% Efficiency at 2MHz, 12VIN to 5VOUT
- Wide Input Voltage Range: 3.4V to 42V
- 5A Maximum Continuous, 7A Peak Transient Output
- Ultralow Quiescent Current Burst Mode® Operation
- 2.5µA IQ Regulating 12VIN to 3.3VOUT
- Output Ripple < 10mVP-P
- Fast Minimum Switch On-Time: 30ns
- Low Dropout Under All Conditions: 100mV at 1A
- Forced Continuous Mode
- Adjustable and Synchronizable: 200kHz to 3MHz
- Output Soft-Start and Power Good
- Small 20-Lead 4mm × 3mm LQFN Package
- AEC-Q100 Qualified for Automotive Applications
The LT8636/LT8637 synchronous step-down regulator features Silent Switcher architecture designed to minimize EMI emissions while delivering high efficiency at high switching frequencies. Peak current mode control with a 30ns minimum on-time allows high step-down ratios even at high switching frequencies.
The LT8636’s ultralow 2.5µA quiescent current—with the output in full regulation—enables applications requiring highest efficiency at very small load currents. The LT8637 has external compensation to enable current sharing and fast transient response at high switching frequencies. A CLKOUT pin enables synchronizing other regulators to the LT8636/LT8637.
Burst Mode operation enables ultralow standby current consumption, forced continuous mode can control frequency harmonics across the entire output load range, or spread spectrum operation can further reduce EMI emissions. Soft-start and tracking functionality is accessed via the TR/SS pin, and an accurate input voltage UVLO threshold can be set using the EN/UV pin.
- Automotive and Industrial Supplies
- General Purpose Step-Down
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Evaluation Kits (1)
Demonstration circuit 2918A is a 42V, 5A synchronous step-down SILENT SWITCHER with spread spectrum frequency modulation featuring the LT8636. The demo board is designed for 5V output from a 5.8V to 42V input. The wide input range allows a variety of input sources, such as automotive batteries and industrial supplies. The LT8636 is a compact, low emission, high efficiency, and high frequency synchronous monolithic step-down switching regulator. The proprietary silent switcher architecture minimizes electromagnetic emissions with simplified filter and reduced layout sensitivity. Selectable spread spectrum mode further improves EMI performance, making it perfect solution to the noise sensitive applications. The regulator’s ultralow 2.5μA quiescent current with the output in full regulation enables applications requiring highest efficiency at very light load currents, such as automotive and battery powered portable instruments.
Peak current mode control with minimum on-time of as small as 30ns allows high step-down conversion even at high frequency. The LT8636 switching frequency can be programmed either via oscillator resistor or external clock over a 200kHz to 3MHz range. The default frequency of demo circuit 2918A is 2MHz.
The SYNC/MODE pin on the demo board 2918A is grounded (JP1 at BURST position) by default for low ripple Burst Mode® operation. To synchronize to an external clock, move the Jump JP1 to SYNC/FCM and apply the external clock to the SYNC terminal on the 2918A. In sync mode, the part runs in forced continuous mode. Without external clock applied, the SYNC/MODE pin is floating, and the part runs in forced continuous mode. This mode offers fast transient response and full frequency operation over a wide load range. Alternatively, move the Jump JP1 to the SPREAD-SPECTRUM, and the SYNC/MODE is tied to INTVCC, the part runs in forced continuous mode with spread spectrum function enabled.
To get accurate efficiency measurement, measure the input voltage at the VIN_SENSE and GND terminals, which are Kelvin connected to the input cap C2 through signal traces.
The LT8636 is assembled in a 4mmx3mm LQFN package with exposed pads for low thermal resistance. The rated maximum load current is 5A, while derating is necessary for certain input voltage and thermal conditions.
The demo board has an EMI filter installed. The red line in Radiated EMI Performance is CISPR25 Class 5 peak limit. The circuit passes the test with a wide margin. To achieve EMI/EMC performance, the input EMI filter is required and the input voltage should be applied at VEMI terminal, and the setup can be referred to the CISPR 25 standards.
The LT8636 datasheet gives a complete description of the part, operation and application information. The datasheet must be read in conjunction with this demo manual for demo circuit 2918A. The layout recommendations for low EMI operation and best thermal performance are available in the datasheet section Low EMI PCB Layout and Thermal Considerations and Peak Output Current. Contact ADI applications engineer for support.
Tools & Simulations
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.
Models for the following parts are available in LTspice:
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.
Design tools for the following parts are available in LTpowerCAD:
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