60-V input inverting DC/DC controller uses a single inductor to simplify design

April 02, 2013 // By Paul Buckley
Linear Technology Corporation has introduced a high voltage inverting DC/DC controller that uses a single inductor to produce a negative voltage from a positive input voltage.

Most low to medium power inverters utilize a coupled inductor topology, or transformer which increases the circuit size and complexity.

The LTC3863 simplifies the design further with all of its interface signals being positive ground referenced. None of the LTC3863 pins are connected to a negative voltage allowing the output voltage to be limited only by the selection of external components.

The LTC3863, operating over a 3.5 V to 60 V input supply range, is designed to protect against high voltage transients, to operate continuously during automotive cold crank and cover a broad range of input sources and battery chemistries. This device helps increase the run-time in battery-powered applications with its low 70 µA quiescent current in standby mode with the output enabled in Burst Mode operation. The LTC3863’s output voltage can be set from -0.4 V to -150 V or lower at up to 3 A typical; making it well suited for 12 V or 24 V automotive, heavy equipment, industrial control, robotic and telecom applications.

The LTC3863 drives an external P-channel MOSFET, operates with a selectable fixed frequency between 50 kHz and 850 kHz and is synchronizable to an external clock from 75 kHz to 750 kHz. Its current-mode architecture provides easy loop compensation, fast transient response, cycle-by-cycle over current protection and excellent line regulation. Output current sensing is accomplished by measuring the voltage drop across a sense resistor. Additional features include programmable soft start or tracking, overvoltage protection, overcurrent and short-circuit protection, a power good output signal and FMEA (failure mode and effects analysis) verified for adjacent pin opens and shorts.

Availability and Pricing

The LTC3863 is offered in 12-pin thermally enhanced MSOP and 3 mm X 4 mm QFN packages. The LTC3863E and LTC3863I versions operate from a -40°C to 125°C junction temperature. The LTC3863H grade is guaranteed to operate from a -40°C to 150°C operating junction temperature. The LTC3863MP is guaranteed to operate from a