Features and Benefits

  • Wide Operating VIN Range: 4.5V to 38V
  • RSENSE or DCR Current Sensing
  • ±1% 0.8V Reference Accuracy Over Temperature
  • 400kHz Switching Frequency
  • Dual N-channel MOSFET Synchronous Drive
  • Very Low Dropout Operation: 97% Duty Cycle
  • Starts Up Into Pre-Biased Output
  • Adjustable Output Voltage Soft-Start
  • Output Current Foldback Limiting (Disabled During Soft-Start)
  • Output Overvoltage Protection
  • 5V LDO for External Gate Drive
  • OPTI-LOOP® Compensation Minimizes COUT
  • Low Shutdown IQ: 15μA
  • Tiny Thermally Enhanced 12-Pin 2mm × 3mm DFN and MSOP Packages

Product Details

The LTC3854 is a high performance synchronous stepdown switching DC/DC controller that drives an all N-channel synchronous power MOSFET stage.

The LTC3854 features a 400kHz constant frequency current mode architecture. The LTC3854 operates from a 4.5V to 38V (40V absolute maximum) input voltage range and regulates the output voltage from 0.8V to 5.5V.

The RUN/SS pin provides both soft-start and enable features. OPTI-LOOP compensation allows the transient response to be optimized over a wide range of output capacitance and ESR values. Current foldback limits MOSFET dissipation during short circuit conditions. Current foldback functions are disabled during soft-start.

The LTC3854 has a minimum on-time at 75ns, making it well suited for high step-down ratios. The strong onboard MOSFET drivers allow the use of high power external MOSFETs to produce output currents up to 20A.


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

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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.

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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.

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