SLASEG6B May 2018 – June 2020 TAS3251
A built in activity detector monitors the PWM activity of the SPK_OUTx pins. TAS3251 is designed to drive unclipped output signals all the way to PVDD and GND rails. In case of audio signal clipping when applying excessive input signal voltage, or in case of CB3C current protection being active, the amplifier feedback loop of the audio channel will respond to this condition with a saturated state, and the output PWM signals will stop unless special circuitry is implemented to handle this situation. To prevent the output PWM signals from stopping in a clipping or CB3C situation, narrow pulses are injejcted to the gate drive to maintain output activity. The injected narrow pulses are injected at every 4th PWM frame, and thus the effective switching frequency during this state is reduced to 1/4 of the normal switching frequency.
Signal clipping is signalled on the CLIP_OTW pin and is self clearing when signal level reduces and the device reverts to normal operation. The CLIP_OTW pulses starts at the onset to output clipping, typically at a THD level around 0.01%, resulting in narrow CLIP_OTW pulses starting with a pulse width of ~500ns.