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  6. LT3686


Features and Benefits

  • Wide Input Range:
    • Operation from 3.6V to 37V
    • Overvoltage Lockout Protects Circuit Through 55V Transients
  • Low Minimum On-Time:
    • Converts 16VIN to 3.3VOUT at 2MHz
  • 1.2A Output Current
  • Adjustable Frequency: 300kHz to 2.5MHz
  • Constant Switching Frequency at Light Loads
  • Tracking and Soft-Start
  • Precision UVLO
  • Short-Circuit Robust
  • IQ in Shutdown <1μA
  • Internally Compensated
  • 10-Lead 3mm × 3mm DFN Package

Product Details

The LT3686 is a current mode PWM step-down DC/DC converter with an internal 1.2A power switch, packaged in 10-lead 3mm × 3mm DFN. The wide input range of 3.6V to 37V makes the LT3686 suitable for regulating power from a wide variety of sources, including 24V industrial supplies and automotive batteries. Its high maximum frequency allows the use of tiny inductors and capacitors, resulting in a very small solution. Operating frequency above the AM band avoids interfering with radio reception, making the LT3686 particularly suitable for automotive applications.

Cycle-by-cycle current limit and DA current sense provide protection against fault conditions. Soft-start and frequency foldback eliminate input current surge during start-up. An optional internal regulated active load at the output via the BD pin keeps the LT3686 at full switching frequency at light loads, resulting in low, predictable output ripple above the audio and AM bands. Internal compensation and an internal boost diode reduce external component count.

Overvoltage Protections Features
LT3686 55V -
LT3686A 60V External Synchronization


  • Automotive Systems
  • Battery-Powered Equipment
  • Wall Transformer Regulation
  • Distributed Supply Regulation

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Part Number Material Declaration Reliability Data Pin/Package Drawing CAD Symbols, Footprints & 3D Models
LT3686EDD#PBF Material Declaration Reliability Data 10-Lead DFN (3mm x 3mm w/ EP)
LT3686EDD#TRPBF Material Declaration Reliability Data 10-Lead DFN (3mm x 3mm w/ EP)
LT3686HDD#PBF Material Declaration Reliability Data 10-Lead DFN (3mm x 3mm w/ EP)
LT3686HDD#TRPBF Material Declaration Reliability Data 10-Lead DFN (3mm x 3mm w/ EP)
LT3686IDD#PBF Material Declaration Reliability Data 10-Lead DFN (3mm x 3mm w/ EP)
LT3686IDD#TRPBF Material Declaration Reliability Data 10-Lead DFN (3mm x 3mm w/ EP)
Wafer Fabrication Data R530 Reliability Data

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