Wide Input Voltage, Adjustable Output, Synchronous Buck Controller with PWM Frequency Dithering, Synchronization, and NPOR




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Designed to satisfy the power supply requirements of automotive, industrial, and consumer applications, the A8660 includes all the control and protection circuitry to produce a robust PWM controller delivering high current.

The A8660 includes PWM frequency dithering, which has been shown to reduce EMI/EMC. A soft recovery feature prevents output voltage overshoot when the converter comes out of a low VIN dropout condition. For high current, low frequency designs (<520 kHz), an external clock can be applied to the SYNCIN pin to shift the PWM harmonics, thus avoiding AM band interference with a tuner or other sensitive electronics.

The A8660 has external compensation so it can be tuned to satisfy various system goals over a wide range of PWM frequencies and external components. It includes adjustable soft start to minimize inrush current. Additionally, it monitors the feedback voltage to provide an open-drain NPOR signal with adjustable delay time.

Extensive protection features of the A8660 include pulse-by pulse current limit, hiccup mode short-circuit protection, BOOT open/short voltage protection, VIN undervoltage lockout, VOUT overvoltage protection, and thermal shutdown. The A8660 is supplied in a low profile 20-pin QFN package (suffix “ES”) with exposed power pad.

  • Automotive AEC-Q100 qualified
  • Wide operating voltage range: 3.0 to 45 V
  • Adjustable output voltage
  • PWM frequency dithering reduces EMI/EMC signature and minimizes input filtering
  • Programmable base frequency (fOSC): 200 kHz to 2.2 MHz
  • For low frequency, high current designs (<520 kHz), applying a clock to SYNCIN will synchronize the PWM frequency to avoid AM band harmonic interference
  • Soft recovery from dropout avoids overshoot of VOUT
  • External compensation provides flexibility to tune the system for maximum stability or optimum transient response
  • Adjustable soft-start time controls inrush current to accommodate a wide range of output capacitance
  • Pre-bias startup allows quick, monotonic restart and avoids reset
  • High-voltage ENBAT input for ignition/key control
  • Logic enable (ENB) input for microcontroller or DSP control
  • NPOR open-drain output with adjustable rising delay
  • Overvoltage, pulse-by-pulse current limit, hiccup mode short circuit, and thermal protections
  • Robust FMEA: pin open/short and component faults

The A8660 is supplied in a low profile 20-pin QFN package (suffix “ES”) with exposed power pad.

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