Space-saving charge pump IC accepts wide input voltage range

March 22, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Linear Technology announces the LTC3245, a versatile 250mA high voltage buck-boost charge pump. The LTC3245 uses switched capacitor fractional conversion to maintain regulation over a wide range of input voltage from 2.7V to 38V and produces a regulated output of 3.3V, 5V or adjustable (2.5V to 5V). Internal circuitry automatically selects the conversion ratio (2:1, 1:1 or 1:2) to optimize efficiency as input voltage and load conditions vary.

Low operating current (18 µA with no load, 4 µA in shut-down) and low external device count (three small ceramic capacitors, no inductors) make the LTC3245 ideally suited for low power, space constrained automotive and industrial applications such as automotive ECU/CAN transceiver supplies, industrial housekeeping supplies and efficient low power 12V to 5V conversion.

The LTC3245's unique constant frequency architecture with reduced switching edge rates provides lower conducted and radiated noise compared to conventional switching regulators. The device has pin selectable Burst Mode operation which allows the user to trade off low output ripple for better efficiency/lower quiescent current. Other IC features include low external parts count with ceramic capacitor stability, soft-start circuitry to prevent excessive current flow during startup, plus short circuit and thermal protection.

The LTC3245 is available in a low-profile (0.75mm) 3mm x 4mm 12-lead DFN with backside thermal pad and a 12-lead MSOP package with backside thermal pad. E- and I-grade operating junction temperature is -40°C to +125°C, while H-grade is -40°C to +150°C.

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