Analog Devices, Inc., which recently acquired Linear Technology Corporation, announces the LTC7820, a high-power fixed ratio charge pump DC/DC controller that eliminates the power inductor in a non-isolated intermediate bus converter, allowing up to a 50 percent reduction in circuit size and up to 4000 W/in³ power density. The LTC7820 drives external MOSFETs in voltage divider, doubler or inverter configurations with an efficiency of up to 99 percent. Its open loop fixed duty is ideal for non-isolated intermediate bus applications in power distribution, datacom, telecom, high-end computing and industrial systems.

The LTC7820 operates over a 6 to 72 V (80 V abs max) input voltage range and can produce output currents in multiple 10 s of amps, depending on the topology and choice of external components. It can be configured for a 2:1 step-down ratio from an input voltage up to 72 V. Two of the LTC7820 IC’s can be cascaded for a 4:1 step-down ratio. For even higher step-down ratios, such as a 6:1, the Dickson converter topology is recommended and is ideal for 54 V input to a 9 V outputs, requiring only a single LTC7820. The LTC7820 can also be configured for a 1:2 step-up ratio or a 1:1 inverter ratio from an input voltage as high as 36 V. External MOSFETs switch at a fixed frequency, programmable from 100 kHz to 1 MHz. The LTC7820’s powerful 1.1 Ω N-channel MOSFET gate drivers maximize efficiency and can drive multiple MOSFETs in parallel for higher power applications.

The LTC7820 monitors system voltage, current and temperature for faults, and uses a sense resistor for overcurrent protection. It stops switching and pulls the /FAULT pin low when a fault condition occurs. An onboard timer can be set for appropriate restart/retry times. The EXTVCC pin permits the LTC7820 to be powered from the lower voltage output of the converter or other available sources up to 40 V, reducing power dissipation and improving efficiency. Additional features include soft switching for low EMI, a power good output signal, undervoltage lockout and internal charge balance circuitry. 

The LTC7820 is available in a 4 mm x 5 mm QFN-28 package. Extended and industrial temperature versions are available from –40°C to 125°C. The 1000-piece price starts at $4.70 each. For more information, visit

Summary of Features: LTC7820

  • Wide VIN Range: 6 to 72 V, 80 V abs max
  • Up to 4000 W/in³ Power Density
  • Up to 99 percent Efficiency
  • Step-Down: 2:1 Ratio from VIN Up to 72 V
  • Dickson Converter Topology for 6:1 Step-Down Ratio
  • Step-Up: 1:2 Ratio from VIN Up to 36 V
  • Inverter: 1:1 Ratio from VIN Up to 36 V
  • Delivers Up to 500 W
  • Operating Frequency from 100 kHz to 1 MHz
  • Soft Switching Topology for Low EMI
  • Quad Powerful N-Channel MOSFET Gate Drivers
  • Input Current Sensing & Overcurrent Protection
  • Short-Circuit Protection with Programmable Timer & Retry
  • Power Good Output Signal
  • Available in a 4 mm x 5 mm 28-Pin QFN Package