The LT8310 is a constant-frequency resonant reset forward converter controller with a low side N-channel MOSFET gate driver. The LT8310 has a wide input voltage range from 6V to 100V. Its switching frequency can be programmed from 100kHz to 500kHz to optimize efficiency, performance or external component size. The LT8310's protection mechanisms end the normal switching cycle or force system shutdown to protect the application circuit. These protections include programmable overcurrent protection, adjustable input undervoltage, overvoltage lockout and built-in thermal shutdown.
The LT1431 is an adjustable shunt voltage regulator providing feedback to the primary side via an opto-coupler, it is used on the forward converter's secondary side to handle output voltage regulation.
The LT8310 and LT1431 nonsynchronous forward converter design features a simple schematic, and low components count. The circuit uses the LT8310 and LT1431 in a resonant reset forward topology to deliver 54V @ 1.5A output from 10.8V to 26.4V input. At 1.5A load the peak efficiency is 93% for 12VIN, and 91.2% for 24VIN. The efficiency vs. load current graph and the associated thermal images (12V and 24V) are shown below.