n Wide VIN Range: 4V to 38V Operation
n RSENSE or DCR Current Sensing
n ±1% Output Voltage Accuracy
n Power Good Output Voltage Monitor
n Phase-Lockable Fixed Frequency: 250kHz to 750kHz
n Dual N-Channel MOSFET Synchronous Drive
n Very Low Dropout Operation: 99% Duty Cycle
n Adjustable Output Voltage Soft-Start or Tracking
n Output Current Foldback Limiting
n Output Overvoltage Protection
n OPTI-LOOP® Compensation Minimizes COUT
n Selectable Continuous, Pulse-Skipping or
Burst Mode® Operation at Light Loads
n Low Shutdown IQ: 20μA
n VOUT Range: 0.8V to 5.5V
n Thermally Enhanced 16-Lead MSOP
or 3mm × 3mm QFN Package
n Automotive Systems
n Telecom Systems
n Industrial Equipment
n Distributed DC Power Systems
The LTC®3851-1 is a high performance synchronous
step-down switching regulator controller that drives
an all N-channel synchronous power MOSFET stage. A
constant frequency current mode architecture allows a
phase-lockable frequency of up to 750kHz.
OPTI-LOOP compensation allows the transient response
to be optimized over a wide range of output capacitance
and ESR values. The LTC3851-1 features a precision 0.8V
reference and a power good indicator. A wide 4V to 38V (40V
absolute maximum) input supply range encompasses most
battery conﬁgurations and intermediate bus voltages.
The TK/SS pin ramps the output voltage during start-up
and shutdown with coincident or ratiometric tracking.
Current foldback limits MOSFET heat dissipation during
short-circuit conditions. The MODE/PLLIN pin selects
among Burst Mode operation, pulse skipping mode or
continuous inductor current mode at light loads and allows
the IC to be synchronized to an external clock.
The LTC3851-1 is identical to the LTC3851 except that the
ILIM pin is replaced by PGOOD.
L, LT, LTC, LTM, Burst Mode and OPTI-LOOP are registered trademarks of Linear Technology
Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Protected by U.S. Patents including 5408150, 5481178, 5705919, 5929620, 6304066,
6498466, 6580258, 6611131.
High Efﬁciency Synchronous Step-Down Converter
4.5V TO 38V
Efﬁciency and Power Loss
vs Load Current
VIN = 12V
95 VOUT = 3.3V
100 1000 10000 100000
LOAD CURRENT (mA)