Linear Technology Corp. introduced the LTC3838, a high frequency controlled on-time dual output synchronous step-down dc-dc controller with differential output voltage sensing and clock synchronization. The controlled on-time, valley current-mode architecture enables a very fast transient response by increasing its operating frequency during a transient event, enabling the LTC3838 to recover from a large load step in only a few clock cycles. The operating frequency is selectable from 200kHz to 2MHz or can be synchronized to an external clock. A low 30ns minimum on-time allows for a high step-down ratio power supply at very high operating frequencies.
The LTC3838 operates over a 4.5 to 38V input voltage range, encompassing a wide variety of applications including most intermediate bus voltages. Strong onboard N-channel MOSFET gate drivers allow the use of high power external MOSFETs for output currents up to 25A per channel, at output voltages ranging from 0.6 to 5.5V, making it ideal for point-of-load requirements. The LTC3838’s differential amplifier provides true remote output voltage sensing of both the positive and negative terminals, enabling high accuracy regulation independent of board IR losses (up to ±500mV). The output current is monitored by sensing the voltage drop across the output inductor (DCR) for highest efficiency or by using a sense resistor for extra precision. Additional features include an onboard bias voltage LDO, soft-start or tracking, adjustable current limit, overvoltage protection, current limit foldback and external VCC control.