SNVS124F November 1999 – April 2021 LM2596
A low ESR aluminum or tantalum bypass capacitor is required between the input pin and ground to prevent large voltage transients from appearing at the input. In addition, the RMS current rating of the input capacitor should be selected to be at least ½ the DC load current. The capacitor manufacturers data sheet must be checked to assure that this current rating is not exceeded. Figure 9-1 shows typical RMS current ratings for several different aluminum electrolytic capacitor values.
This capacitor must be placed close to the IC using short leads and the voltage rating must be approximately 1.5 times the maximum input voltage.
If solid tantalum input capacitors are used, TI recommends that they be surge current tested by the manufacturer.
Use caution when using a high dielectric constant ceramic capacitor for input bypassing, because it may cause severe ringing at the VIN pin.
The important parameters for the input capacitor are the input voltage rating and the RMS current rating. With a nominal input voltage of 28 V, an aluminum electrolytic aluminum electrolytic capacitor with a voltage rating greater than 42 V (1.5 × VIN) is required. Because the the next higher capacitor voltage rating is 50 V, a 50-V capacitor must be used. The capacitor voltage rating of (1.5 × VIN) is a conservative guideline, and can be modified somewhat if desired.
The RMS current rating requirement for the input capacitor of a buck regulator is approximately ½ the DC load current. In this example, with a 3-A load, a capacitor with a RMS current rating of at least 1.5 A is required.
Figure 9-1 can be used to select an appropriate input capacitor. From the curves, locate the 50-V line and note which capacitor values have RMS current ratings greater than 1.5 A. Either a 470 μF or 680 μF, 50-V capacitor could be used.
For a through hole design, a 680-μF, 50-V electrolytic capacitor (Panasonic HFQ series or Nichicon PL series or equivalent) would be adequate. Other types or other manufacturers' capacitors can be used provided the RMS ripple current ratings are adequate.
For surface mount designs, solid tantalum capacitors can be used, but exercise caution with regard to the capacitor surge current rating (see Section 9.1.1 in this data sheet). The TPS series available from AVX, and the 593D series from Sprague are both surge current tested.