DC/DC converters simplify design of smart industrial applications

High efficiency at all loads, with a maximum value of 95 per cent is maintained byt eh L6983 38V/3.0A synchronous DC/DC converters, says STMicroelectronics.

They are integrated with synchronous MOSFETs on-chip to save external components and to simplify design.

The L6983 converters have low quiescent current of just 17 microA. Two variants, the low current consumption L6983C and the low-noise L6983N, are available. The L6983C enters pulse-skipping mode when the load current is below 0.6A while the L6983N, stays in PWM (pulse-width modulation) mode at all loads to minimise electromagnetic disturbances, making it suitable for noise-sensitive applications.

The L6983 converters have a wide input range from 3.5 to 38V, and are suitable for use over in 12 and 24V industrial bus-powered systems, battery-powered equipment, decentralised intelligent nodes such as smart-building controllers, and always-on devices including smart sensors. They can be ordered with 3.3V, 5.0V, or adjustable output voltage.

All L6983 converters have a ‘power-good’ output pin that can be used for power-up/power-down sequencing, enabling logic circuitry, or as a fault indicator. In addition, integrated feedback-loop compensation, over-voltage protection, and soft-start circuitry simplify the design of a complete power supply system. The switching frequency is programmable from 200kHz to 2.2MHz. Frequency spread-spectrum operation and external frequency synchronisation ease electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) compliance.

ST has also released the STEVAL-ISA208V1 evaluation board to help accelerate device selection and power-supply development using the L6983.

The L6983C and L6983N are in production now, packaged in 3.0 x 3.0mm QFN16 packages.


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