SNVS852D June   2012  – August 2018 LMZ20502


  1. Features
  2. Applications
  3. Description
    1.     Device Images
      1.      Simplified Schematic
      2.      Typical Efficiency for VOUT = 1.8 V Auto Mode
  4. Revision History
  5. Pin Configuration and Functions
    1.     Pin Functions
  6. Specifications
    1. 6.1 Absolute Maximum Ratings
    2. 6.2 ESD Ratings
    3. 6.3 Recommended Operating Conditions
    4. 6.4 Thermal Information
    5. 6.5 Electrical Characteristics
    6. 6.6 System Characteristics
    7. 6.7 Typical Characteristics
  7. Detailed Description
    1. 7.1 Overview
    2. 7.2 Functional Block Diagram
    3. 7.3 Feature Description
      1. 7.3.1 Nano Scale Package
      2. 7.3.2 Internal Synchronous Rectifier
      3. 7.3.3 Current Limit Protection
      4. 7.3.4 Start-Up
      5. 7.3.5 Dropout Behavior
      6. 7.3.6 Power Good Flag Function
      7. 7.3.7 Thermal Shutdown
    4. 7.4 Device Functional Modes
      1. 7.4.1 PWM Operation
      2. 7.4.2 PFM Operation
  8. Application and Implementation
    1. 8.1 Application Information
    2. 8.2 Typical Application
      1. 8.2.1 Detailed Design Procedure
        1. Custom Design With WEBENCH® Tools
        2. Setting The Output Voltage
        3. Output and Feed-Forward Capacitors
        4. Input Capacitors
        5. Maximum Ambient Temperature
        6. Options
      2. 8.2.2 Application Curves
    3. 8.3 Do's and Don'ts
  9. Power Supply Recommendations
  10. 10Layout
    1. 10.1 Layout Guidelines
    2. 10.2 Layout Example
    3. 10.3 Soldering Information
  11. 11Device and Documentation Support
    1. 11.1 Device Support
      1. 11.1.1 Third-Party Products Disclaimer
      2. 11.1.2 Development Support
        1. Custom Design With WEBENCH® Tools
      3. 11.1.3 Documentation Support
        1. Related Documentation
    2. 11.2 Receiving Notification of Documentation Updates
    3. 11.3 Community Resources
    4. 11.4 Trademarks
    5. 11.5 Electrostatic Discharge Caution
    6. 11.6 Glossary
  12. 12Mechanical, Packaging, and Orderable Information
    1. 12.1 Tape and Reel Information

Package Options

Refer to the PDF data sheet for device specific package drawings

Mechanical Data (Package|Pins)
  • SIL|8
Thermal pad, mechanical data (Package|Pins)
Orderable Information

Power Supply Recommendations

The characteristics of the input supply must be compatible with the Absolute Maximum Ratings and Recommended Operating Conditions found in this data sheet. In addition, the input supply must be capable of delivering the required input current to the loaded regulator. The average input current can be estimated with Equation 4

Equation 4. LMZ20502 Iin_eq.gif

If the regulator is connected to the input supply through long wires or PCB traces, special care is required to achieve good performance. The parasitic inductance and resistance of the input cables can have an adverse effect on the operation of the regulator. The parasitic inductance, in combination with the low ESR ceramic input capacitors, can form an under-damped resonant circuit. This circuit may cause over-voltage transients at the VIN pin, each time the input supply is cycled on and off. The parasitic resistance will cause the voltage at the VIN pin to dip when the load on the regulator is switched on, or exhibits a transient. If the regulator is operating close to the minimum input voltage, this dip may cause the device to shutdown and/or reset. The best way to solve these kinds of issues is to reduce the distance from the input supply to the regulator and/or use an aluminum or tantalum input capacitor in parallel with the ceramics. The moderate ESR of these types of capacitors will help to damp the input resonant circuit and reduce any voltage overshoots. A value in the range of 20 µF to 100 µF is usually sufficient to provide input damping and help to hold the input voltage steady during large load transients.

Sometimes, for other system considerations, an input filter is used in front of the regulator module. This can lead to instability, as well as some of the effects mentioned above, unless it is designed carefully. The following user guide provides helpful suggestions when designing an input filter for any switching regulator: SNVA489.

In some cases a Transient Voltage Suppressor (TVS) is used on the input of regulators. One class of this device has a "snap-back" V-I characteristic (thyristor type). The use of a device with this type of characteristic is not recommend. When the TVS "fires", the clamping voltage drops to a very low value. If this holding voltage is less than the output voltage of the regulator, the output capacitors will be discharged through the regulator back to the input. This uncontrolled current flow could damage the regulator.