Milpitas, Calif.Linear Technology has developed a quad channel, high efficiency, 2.25-MHz, synchronous buck regulator that delivers up to 300mA, dual 200mA and 100mA continuous outputs from a 3mm x 3mm QFN package.
Using a constant frequency current mode architecture, the LTC3544 operates from an input voltage range of 2.25V to 5.5V, making it suitable for single-cell Li-Ion/polymer, or multicell alkaline/NiCad/NiMH applications.
It can generate output voltages of 0.8V, enabling it to power the latest generation of low voltage DSPs and microcontrollers. Its 2.25MHz switching frequency enables the usage of tiny, low cost ceramic capacitors and inductors less than a 1mm in height.
The LTC3544's Burst Mode operation minimizes quiescent current to 70µA total for all four channels under no load conditions. For applications that require the lowest noise possible, the LTC3544B uses a pulse skipping mode in lieu of Burst Mode operation for lowest output ripple. Both devices deliver efficiencies as high as 95% and offer shutdown current less than 1µA.
The LTC3544 and LTC3544B use low dropout 100% duty cycle operation, allowing output voltages equal to VIN, further extending battery run-time. Each channel has independent enable pins and internal soft-start, further enhancing design flexibility. Other features include short-circuit protection and over-temperature protection.
Pricing: Starts at $2.95 each in 1,000-piece quantities for both versions.
Availability: From stock in 16-lead 3mm x 3mm QFN packages.
Datasheets: click here.
Linear Technology Corp., 1-408-432-1900, www.linear.com