Regulator controller

Linear Technology’s LTC3736-2 is a two-phase dual synchronous step-down switching regulator controller with output tracking that drives a wide range of external power MOSFETs.

Linear says its 2.75V to 9.8V input range enables it to operate from a wide range of inputs, from single cell Li-Ion, multicell NiCd/NiMH, as well as fixed 5V inputs. It can deliver outputs as low as 0.6V.

The LTC3736-2’s constant frequency current mode architecture with MOSFET VDS sensing eliminates the need for sense resistors while improving efficiency. By operating the two controllers out of phase, both power loss and noise due to the ESR of the input capacitance are minimised.

The LTC3736-2’s switching frequency can be programmed up to 750kHz, allowing the use of small surface mount inductors and capacitors. For noise sensitive applications, the LTC3736-2 switching frequency can be externally synchronised from 250kHz to 850kHz utilising a phase locked loop (PLL).

Pulse skipping operation provides high efficiency at light loads while 100% duty cycle capability provides low dropout operation, extending operating time in battery-powered systems. Other features include an internal soft-start, Power Good Output voltage monitor and overvoltage protection.

The LTC3736EUF-2 is available from stock in a 4mm x 4mm QFN-24 package. Pricing starts at $3.90 each for 1,000-piece quantities.