The LTC3774 dual output buck controller eases the burden of high load and efficiency at small board space by interfacing easily with DrMOS devices, providing high efficiency and small size by integrating MOSFET and gate driver in the same package. The LTC3774 can sense current across the inductor’s DCR, with values as low as 0.2mΩ, improving efficiency by eliminating the need for a discrete sense resistor. The LTC3774’s peak current mode architecture provides cycle-by-cycle current limit, inherent cycle-by-cycle current sharing and easy to design type II compensation.
High efficiency converter with a small footprint
Figure 1 shows a dual phase 1.2V/60A LTC3774 converter operating at a switching frequency of 400kHz. The power stage for each phase is the FDMF6820A DrMOS, which comes in a 6mm × 6mm QFN package, and a 0.3µH single winding ferrite inductor with a typical DCR of 0.325mΩ. The resulting full load efficiency is 89.8%, as shown in Figure 2. The core of the converter has a current density of 50A/in2.
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