Features and Benefits
- High Efficiency: Up to 96%
- Very Low Quiescent Supply Current: 32µA During Linear Regulator Operation
- 600mA Output Current (Buck Converter)
- Optionally Operates as Linear Regulator Below 3mA—External or Automatic ON/OFF
- 2.5V to 5.5V Input Voltage Range
- 1.5MHz or 2.25MHz Constant Frequency Operation or External Synchronization
- No Schottky Diode Required
- Low Dropout Operation: 100% Duty Cycle
- 0.6V Reference Allows Low Output Voltages
- Shutdown Mode Draws < 1µA Supply Current
- Current Mode Operation for Excellent Line and Load Transient Response
- Overtemperature Protected
- Low Profile (3mm × 3mm) 8-Lead DFN and 8-Lead MSOP Packages
The LTC3448 is a high efficiency, monolithic, synchronous buck regulator using a constant frequency, current mode architecture. Supply current during operation is only 32µA (linear regulator mode) and drops to <1µA in shutdown. The 2.5V to 5.5V input voltage range makes the LTC3448 ideally suited for single Li-Ion battery-powered applications. 100% duty cycle provides low dropout operation, extending battery life in portable systems. At moderate output load levels, PWM pulse skipping mode operation provides very low output ripple voltage for noise sensitive applications.
The LTC3448 automatically switches into linear regulator operation at very low load currents to maintain <5mVP-P output voltage ripple. Supply current in this mode is typically 32µA. The switch to linear regulator mode occurs at a threshold of 3mA. Linear regulator operation can be set to on, off or automatic turn on/off.
Switching frequency is selectable at either 1.5MHz or 2.25MHz, allowing the use of small surface mount inductors and capacitors.
The internal synchronous switch increases efficiency and eliminates the need for an external Schottky diode. Low output voltages are easily supported with the 0.6V feedback reference voltage. The LTC3448 is available in a low profile 3mm × 3mm DFN package or thermally enhanced 8-lead MSOP.
Protected by U.S. Patents including 5481178, 6580258, 6304066, 6127815, 6498466, 6611131. Others pending.
- Cellular Telephones
- Personal Information Appliances
- Wireless and DSL Modems
- Digital Still Cameras
- MP3 Players
- Portable Instruments
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 DC840 is a step-down converter using the LTC3448 monolithic synchronous buck regulator. The DC840 has an input voltage range of 2.5V to 5.5V, and is capable of delivering up to 600mA of output current. The output voltage of DC840 can be set as low as 0.6V, the reference voltage of the LTC3448. The DC840 is especially made for noise sensitive applications, due to a unique design that allows the LTC3448 to automatically switch in auto mode - from a switching regulator to a linear regulator at low output currents.
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