A4406: Constant On-Time Buck Regulator with One External and One Internal Linear Regulator


The A4406 is an automotive power management IC that uses a high frequency constant on-time 5.45 V pre-regulator to supply an internal 5 V linear regulator and a 3.3 V linear DMOS driver. Designed to supply CAN and microprocessor power supplies in high temperature environments, the A4406 is ideal for under hood applications. Efficient operation is achieved by using a buck pre-regulator to efficiently drop the input voltage before supplying the linear regulators; this reduces power dissipation and increases overall regulator efficiency.

The switching regulator is capable of operating at a nominal switching frequency of 2.2 MHz. The high switching frequency enables the customer to select low value inductors and ceramic capacitors while avoiding EMI in the AM frequency band.

Protection features include undervoltage lockout and thermal shutdown. The V5P output is protected from short-to-battery events. In case of a shorted load, all regulators feature overcurrent protection. The A4406 also features power-on-reset with adjustable delay for the microprocessor output.

The A4406 is supplied in a low profile (1.2 mm max) 20-pin TSSOP package with exposed thermal pad (suffix LP). The package is lead (Pb) free with 100% matte-tin leadframe plating.

Top Features

  • AEC-Q100 Grade 0 qualified
  • Internal buck pre-regulator followed by LDO outputs
  • 5.5 to 36 V VIN operating range (50 V maximum); for start/stop, cold crank, and load dump requirements
  • 2.2 MHz constant on-time buck regulator
  • 50 V absolute maximum input voltage for surges
  • Valley current sensing achieves shortest buck on-times
  • 5.5 to 46 V input voltage range
  • −40ºC to 150ºC junction temperature range
  • Power-on reset (NPOR pin) with adjustable rising delay
  • 5 V (V5P pin) internal low dropout tracking linear regulator with both overcurrent foldback and short-to-battery protection
  • 3.3 V (V33 pin) external linear regulator DMOS driver with a programmable current limit (up to 500 mA) and overcurrent foldback protection
  • Logic enable input (ENB pin)
  • Ignition enable input (ENBAT pin)
  • Ignition status indicator (ENBATS pin)
  • Buck pulse-by-pulse overcurrent protection
  • Buck LX short circuit protection (latched)
  • Missing asynchronous diode protection (latched)
  • Switcher (VREG pin), 3.3 V (V33 pin), and charge pump
  • (VCP pin) undervoltage lockout protection (UVLO)
  • Thermal shutdown protection (TSD)

Part Number Specifications and Availability

Part Number Package Type Temperature RoHS
Part Composition /
RoHS Data
Comments Samples Check Stock
A4406KLPTR-T 20-lead TSSOP -40°C to 125°C Yes View Data Contact your
local sales rep
Distributor Stock
APEK4406KLP-01-MH DEMO BOARD -40°C to 125°C No -- Contact your
local sales rep
Distributor Stock

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