Features and Benefits
- Synchronous Rectification: Up to 96% Efficiency
- True Output Disconnect
- Inrush Current Limiting
- Very Low Quiescent Current: 12µA
- Up to 1.5A Continuous Output Current
- Fixed Frequency Operation Up to 3MHz
- 0.5V to 4.5V Input Range
- 2.4V to 5.25V Adjustable Output Voltage
- Guaranteed 1V Start-Up
- Programmable Current Limit
- Programmable Soft-Start
- Synchronizable Oscillator
- Manual or Automatic Burst Mode® Operation
- Low-Battery Comparator
- <1µA Shutdown Current
- 1.22V Reference Output Voltage
- Small (4mm × 4mm) Thermally Enhanced QFN Package
The LTC3421 is a high efficiency, current mode, fixed frequency, step-up DC/DC converter with true output disconnect and inrush current limiting. The device includes a 0.10Ω N-channel MOSFET switch and a 0.14Ω P-channel synchronous rectifier. This product has the ability to simply program the output voltage, switching frequency, current limit, soft-start, Burst Mode threshold and loop compensation with external passive components.
Quiescent current is only 12µA during Burst Mode operation, maximizing battery life in portable applications. The oscillator frequency can be programmed up to 3MHz and can be synchronized to an external clock applied to the SYNC pin. An open-drain uncommitted low-battery comparator is included. The part maintains operation in applications with a secondary cell powering the output voltage during shutdown.
Other features include: 1µA shutdown, anti-ringing control, thermal limit and reference output.
The LTC3421 is available in a small 4mm × 4mm QFN package.
- Handheld Computers
- Cordless Phones
- GPS Receivers
- Battery Backup Supplies
Product Lifecycle 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)
Demonstration Circuit 565 is a constant-frequency synchronous boost converter using the LTC3421. Guaranteed to start-up at 1V input voltage, this converter provides up to 95% efficiency. For 1.8V minimum input voltage, this converter can provide up to 1A load current. This converter has true output disconnect by eliminating body diode conduction of the internal PMOS rectifier. The output voltage is set at 3.3V. A different output voltage in the range of 2.4V to 5.25V can be obtained by changing one of the feedback resistors.
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.
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