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Spread spectrum clock synchronizes up to eight switching regulators

Milpitas, Calif.—Linear Technology is offering a precision silicon oscillator that significantly reduces peak radiated EMI and improves control of switching regulators in multiphase power supplies.

The LTC6909 has eight separate outputs, providing up to eight rail-to-rail 50% duty cycle clock signals. These outputs can be used to enable or disable and phase-synchronize multiple switching regulators. Phase-synchronization offers a number of design advantages, including improved EMI performance, reduced input and output ripple current, and better load transient response. Using three logic inputs, the phase relationship between these outputs can be configured from 45° to 120°, or the outputs can be placed in a logic low or high-Z state.

A single resistor selects the output frequency from 12.5kHz to 6.67MHz. The LTC6909 also offers spread spectrum frequency modulation (SSFM), a technique that modulates the clock frequency by a pseudorandom signal. SSFM is easily enabled and offers a method for decreasing peak electromagnetic emissions. The amount of frequency spreading is fixed at ±10% of the center frequency, and the user selects one of three modulation rates.

Fully specified over the temperature range of -40°C to 125°C, the LTC6909 offers rugged and reliable operation, as well as fast startup and low power consumption. These parts are available in a compact 16-lead MSOP package.

Pricing: In 1K quantities starts at $2.46 each.
Availability: Now.
Datasheet: Click here.

Linear Technology, www.linear.com

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