For all switching power supplies, the layout is an important step in the design, especially at high-peak currents and switching frequencies. If the layout is not carefully designed, the regulator might show stability and EMI problems. Therefore, the traces carrying high-switching currents should be routed first using wide and short traces. The input filter capacitor should be placed as close as possible to the input pin VIN of the IC. TI recommends the following PCB layout guidelines for the TPS6510x devices:
An influential component of thermal performance of a package is board design. To take full advantage of the heat dissipation abilities of the PowerPAD or VQFN package with exposed thermal die, a board that acts similar to a heat sink and allows the use of an exposed (and solderable) deep downset pad should be used. For further information, see the Texas Instruments application notes PowerPAD Thermally Enhanced Package and PowerPAD Made Easy. For the VQFN package, see the QFN/SON PCB Attachement application report. Especially for the VQFN package it is required to solder down the Thermal Pad to achieve the required thermal resistance.