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Linear's synchronous forward MOSFET driver eliminates signal transformer

April 2, 2014
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Linear Technology Corp. announces the LT8311, a high efficiency secondary-side MOSFET driver that operates without the need for primary control in an isolated synchronous forward converter. The LT8311’s unique preactive mode eliminates the need for a signal transformer for primary to secondary-side communication by sensing signals on the secondary side to control synchronous rectification. This mode reduces component count and solution size.

The LT8311 operates over a 3.7V to 30V input voltage range and is used with a primary-side IC, such as the LT3752/-1. The complete forward converter can operate with input voltages ranging from 6.5V up to 400V+ making it ideal for a wide range of applications including hybrid/electric vehicle automotive requirements. Furthermore, the LT8311 combines a 10mA opto-driver and a feedback loop error amplifier to enable output voltage feedback from the secondary to the primary side. The entire system provides fixed frequency peak current mode control that has excellent line/load regulation and fast transient response. Additional features include a 1.5% reference voltage, a power good monitor and programmable soft-start of the output voltage.

The LT8311 is available in a TSSOP-20 package with several pins removed for high peak voltage spacing. The LT8311 E- and I-grade versions operate from a -40°C to 125°C junction temperature. The LT8311 H grade is guaranteed to operate from a -40°C to 150°C operating junction temperature. The LT8311 MP grade is guaranteed to operate from -55°C to 150°C operating junction temperature. The 1,000-piece price starts at $3.06 each. For more information, visit

Summary of Features: LT8311

  • Eliminates Signal Transformer for Synchronous Rectification Control
  • LT8311 Input Voltage Range: 3.7V to 30V
  • Operates with Primary-Side IC for up to 400V+ Input Voltages
  • 1.5% Reference Voltage
  • Onboard 10mA Opto-Coupler Driver
  • Output Power Good Indicator
  • Programmable Soft-Start of Output Voltage
  • Onboard Feedback Error Amplifier
  • Extended & Industrial Grades: -40°C to 125°C Operating Junction Temp
  • Automotive Temp Grade: -40°C to 150°C Operating Junction Temp
  • Military Temp Grade: -55°C to 150°C Operating Junction Temp


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