SLVS919C January 2009 – September 2015 TPS54060
The TPS54060 device is a 60-V, 0.5-A, step-down (buck) regulator with an integrated high side n-channel MOSFET. To improve performance during line and load transients the device implements a constant frequency, current mode control which reduces output capacitance and simplifies external frequency compensation design. The wide switching frequency of 100kHz to 2500kHz allows for efficiency and size optimization when selecting the output filter components. The switching frequency is adjusted using a resistor to ground on the RT/CLK pin. The device has an internal phase lock loop (PLL) on the RT/CLK pin that is used to synchronize the power switch turn on to a falling edge of an external system clock.
The TPS54060 has a default VIN start up voltage of approximately 2.5V. The EN pin has an internal pull-up current source that can be used to adjust the input voltage under voltage lockout (UVLO) threshold with two external resistors. In addition, the pull up current provides a default condition. When the EN pin is floating the device will operate. The operating current is 116μA when not switching and under no load. When the device is disabled, the supply current is 1.3μA.
The integrated 200mΩ high side MOSFET allows for high efficiency power supply designs capable of delivering 0.5 amperes of continuous current to a load. The TPS54060 reduces the external component count by integrating the boot recharge diode. The bias voltage for the integrated high side MOSFET is supplied by a capacitor on the BOOT to PH pin. The boot capacitor voltage is monitored by an UVLO circuit and will turn the high side MOSFET off when the boot voltage falls below a preset threshold. The TPS54060 can operate at high duty cycles because of the boot UVLO. The output voltage can be stepped down to as low as the 0.8V reference.
The TPS54060 has a power good comparator (PWRGD) which asserts when the regulated output voltage is less than 92% or greater than 109% of the nominal output voltage. The PWRGD pin is an open drain output which deasserts when the VSENSE pin voltage is between 94% and 107% of the nominal output voltage allowing the pin to transition high when a pull-up resistor is used.
The TPS54060 minimizes excessive output overvoltage (OV) transients by taking advantage of the OV power good comparator. When the OV comparator is activated, the high side MOSFET is turned off and masked from turning on until the output voltage is lower than 107%.
The SS/TR (slow start/tracking) pin is used to minimize inrush currents or provide power supply sequencing during power up. A small value capacitor should be coupled to the pin to adjust the slow start time. A resistor divider can be coupled to the pin for critical power supply sequencing requirements. The SS/TR pin is discharged before the output powers up. This discharging ensures a repeatable restart after an over-temperature fault, UVLO fault or a disabled condition.
The TPS54060, also, discharges the slow start capacitor during overload conditions with an overload recovery circuit. The overload recovery circuit will slow start the output from the fault voltage to the nominal regulation voltage once a fault condition is removed. A frequency foldback circuit reduces the switching frequency during startup and overcurrent fault conditions to help control the inductor current.
The TPS54060 uses an adjustable fixed frequency, peak current mode control. The output voltage is compared through external resistors on the VSENSE pin to an internal voltage reference by an error amplifier which drives the COMP pin. An internal oscillator initiates the turn on of the high side power switch. The error amplifier output is compared to the high side power switch current. When the power switch current reaches the level set by the COMP voltage, the power switch is turned off. The COMP pin voltage will increase and decrease as the output current increases and decreases. The device implements a current limit by clamping the COMP pin voltage to a maximum level. The Eco-Mode™ is implemented with a minimum clamp on the COMP pin.
The TPS54060 adds a compensating ramp to the switch current signal. This slope compensation prevents sub-harmonic oscillations. The available peak inductor current remains constant over the full duty cycle range.
The TPS54060 operates in a pulse skip Eco mode at light load currents to improve efficiency by reducing switching and gate drive losses. The TPS54060 is designed so that if the output voltage is within regulation and the peak switch current at the end of any switching cycle is below the pulse skipping current threshold, the device enters Eco mode. This current threshold is the current level corresponding to a nominal COMP voltage or 500mV.
When in Eco-mode, the COMP pin voltage is clamped at 500mV and the high side MOSFET is inhibited. Further decreases in load current or in output voltage can not drive the COMP pin below this clamp voltage level.
Since the device is not switching, the output voltage begins to decay. As the voltage control loop compensates for the falling output voltage, the COMP pin voltage begins to rise. At this time, the high side MOSFET is enabled and a switching pulse initiates on the next switching cycle. The peak current is set by the COMP pin voltage. The output voltage re-charges the regulated value (see Figure 25), then the peak switch current starts to decrease, and eventually falls below the Eco mode threshold at which time the device again enters Eco mode.
For Eco mode operation, the TPS54060 senses peak current, not average or load current, so the load current where the device enters Eco mode is dependent on the output inductor value. For example, the circuit in Figure 50 enters Eco mode at about 20 mA of output current. When the load current is low and the output voltage is within regulation, the device enters a sleep mode and draws only 116μA input quiescent current. The average input current will be slightly higher than the non-switching input quiescent current because some switching is required to keep the output voltage regulated. The average input current will vary between applications. The internal PLL remains operating when in sleep mode. When operating at light load currents in the pulse skip mode, the switching transitions occur synchronously with the external clock signal.
The TPS54060 has an integrated boot regulator, and requires a small ceramic capacitor between the BOOT and PH pins to provide the gate drive voltage for the high side MOSFET. The BOOT capacitor is refreshed when the high side MOSFET is off and the low side diode conducts. The value of this ceramic capacitor should be 0.1μF. A ceramic capacitor with an X7R or X5R grade dielectric with a voltage rating of 10V or higher is recommended because of the stable characteristics overtemperature and voltage.
To improve drop out, the TPS54060 is designed to operate at 100% duty cycle as long as the BOOT to PH pin voltage is greater than 2.1V. When the voltage from BOOT to PH drops below 2.1V, the high side MOSFET is turned off using an UVLO circuit which allows the low side diode to conduct and refresh the charge on the BOOT capacitor. Since the supply current sourced from the BOOT capacitor is low, the high side MOSFET can remain on for more switching cycles than are required to refresh the capacitor, thus the effective duty cycle of the switching regulator is high.
The effective duty cycle during dropout of the regulator is mainly influenced by the voltage drops across the power MOSFET, inductor resistance, low side diode and printed circuit board resistance. During operating conditions in which the input voltage drops and the regulator is operating in continuous conduction mode, the high side MOSFET can remain on for 100% of the duty cycle to maintain output regulation, until the BOOT to PH voltage falls below 2.1V.
Attention must be taken in maximum duty cycle applications which experience extended time periods with light loads or no load. When the voltage across the BOOT capacitor falls below the 2.1V UVLO threshold, the high side MOSFET is turned off, but there may not be enough inductor current to pull the PH pin down to recharge the BOOT capacitor. The high side MOSFET of the regulator stops switching because the voltage across the BOOT capacitor is less than 2.1V. The output capacitor then decays until the difference in the input voltage and output voltage is greater than 2.1V, at which point the BOOT UVLO threshold is exceeded, and the device starts switching again until the desired output voltage is reached. This operating condition persists until the input voltage and/or the load current increases. It is recommended to adjust the VIN stop voltage greater than the BOOT UVLO trigger condition at the minimum load of the application using the adjustable VIN UVLO feature with resistors on the EN pin.
The start and stop voltages for typical 3.3V and 5V output applications are shown in Figure 26 and Figure 27. The voltages are plotted versus load current. The start voltage is defined as the input voltage needed to regulate the output within 1%. The stop voltage is defined as the input voltage at which the output drops by 5% or stops switching.
During high duty cycle conditions, the inductor current ripple increases while the BOOT capacitor is being recharged resulting in an increase in ripple voltage on the output. This is due to the recharge time of the boot capacitor being longer than the typical high side off time when switching occurs every cycle.
The TPS54060 has a transconductance amplifier for the error amplifier. The error amplifier compares the VSENSE voltage to the lower of the SS/TR pin voltage or the internal 0.8V voltage reference. The transconductance (gm) of the error amplifier is 97μA/V during normal operation. During the slow start operation, the transconductance is a fraction of the normal operating gm. When the voltage of the VSENSE pin is below 0.8V and the device is regulating using the SS/TR voltage, the gm is 25μA/V.
The frequency compensation components (capacitor, series resistor and capacitor) are added to the COMP pin to ground.
The voltage reference system produces a precise ±2% voltage reference over temperature by scaling the output of a temperature stable bandgap circuit.
The TPS54060 effectively uses the lower voltage of the internal voltage reference or the SS/TR pin voltage as the power-supply's reference voltage and regulates the output accordingly. A capacitor on the SS/TR pin to ground implements a slow start time. The TPS54060 has an internal pull-up current source of 2μA that charges the external slow start capacitor. The calculations for the slow start time (10% to 90%) are shown in Equation 1. The voltage reference (VREF) is 0.8 V and the slow start current (ISS) is 2μA. The slow start capacitor should remain lower than 0.47μF and greater than 0.47nF.
At power up, the TPS54060 will not start switching until the slow start pin is discharged to less than 40 mV to ensure a proper power up, see Figure 28.
Also, during normal operation, the TPS54060 will stop switching and the SS/TR must be discharged to 40 mV, when the VIN voltage is below the VIN UVLO, EN pin pulled below 1.25V, or a thermal shutdown event occurs.
The VSENSE voltage will follow the SS/TR pin voltage with a 45mV offset up to 85% of the internal voltage reference. When the SS/TR voltage is greater than 85% on the internal reference voltage the offset increases as the effective system reference transitions from the SS/TR voltage to the internal voltage reference (see Figure 23). The SS/TR voltage will ramp linearly until clamped at 1.7V.
The TPS54060 has an overload recovery (OLR) circuit. The OLR circuit will slow start the output from the overload voltage to the nominal regulation voltage once the fault condition is removed. The OLR circuit will discharge the SS/TR pin to a voltage slightly greater than the VSENSE pin voltage using an internal pull down of 100μA when the error amplifier is changed to a high voltage from a fault condition. When the fault condition is removed, the output will slow start from the fault voltage to nominal output voltage.
The switching frequency of the TPS54060 is adjustable over a wide range from approximately 100kHz to 2500kHz by placing a resistor on the RT/CLK pin. The RT/CLK pin voltage is typically 0.5V and must have a resistor to ground to set the switching frequency. To determine the timing resistance for a given switching frequency, use Equation 2 or the curves in Figure 29 or Figure 30. To reduce the solution size one would typically set the switching frequency as high as possible, but tradeoffs of the supply efficiency, maximum input voltage and minimum controllable on time should be considered.
The minimum controllable on time is typically 130ns and limits the maximum operating input voltage.
The maximum switching frequency is also limited by the frequency shift circuit. More discussion on the details of the maximum switching frequency is located below.
The TPS54060 implements current mode control which uses the COMP pin voltage to turn off the high side MOSFET on a cycle by cycle basis. Each cycle the switch current and COMP pin voltage are compared, when the peak switch current intersects the COMP voltage, the high side switch is turned off. During overcurrent conditions that pull the output voltage low, the error amplifier will respond by driving the COMP pin high, increasing the switch current. The error amplifier output is clamped internally, which functions as a switch current limit.
To increase the maximum operating switching frequency at high input voltages the TPS54060 implements a frequency shift. The switching frequency is divided by 8, 4, 2, and 1 as the voltage ramps from 0 to 0.8 volts on VSENSE pin.
The device implements a digital frequency shift to enable synchronizing to an external clock during normal startup and fault conditions. Since the device can only divide the switching frequency by 8, there is a maximum input voltage limit in which the device operates and still have frequency shift protection.
During short-circuit events (particularly with high input voltage applications), the control loop has a finite minimum controllable on time and the output has a low voltage. During the switch on time, the inductor current ramps to the peak current limit because of the high input voltage and minimum on time. During the switch off time, the inductor would normally not have enough off time and output voltage for the inductor to ramp down by the ramp up amount. The frequency shift effectively increases the off time allowing the current to ramp down.
The PWRGD pin is an open drain output. Once the VSENSE pin is between 94% and 107% of the internal voltage reference the PWRGD pin is de-asserted and the pin floats. It is recommended to use a pull-up resistor between the values of 10 and 100kΩ to a voltage source that is 5.5V or less. The PWRGD is in a defined state once the VIN input voltage is greater than 1.5V but with reduced current sinking capability. The PWRGD will achieve full current sinking capability as VIN input voltage approaches 3V.
The PWRGD pin is pulled low when the VSENSE is lower than 92% or greater than 109% of the nominal internal reference voltage. Also, the PWRGD is pulled low, if the UVLO or thermal shutdown are asserted or the EN pin pulled low.
The TPS54060 incorporates an overvoltage transient protection (OVTP) circuit to minimize voltage overshoot when recovering from output fault conditions or strong unload transients on power supply designs with low value output capacitance. For example, when the power supply output is overloaded the error amplifier compares the actual output voltage to the internal reference voltage. If the VSENSE pin voltage is lower than the internal reference voltage for a considerable time, the output of the error amplifier will respond by clamping the error amplifier output to a high voltage. Thus, requesting the maximum output current. Once the condition is removed, the regulator output rises and the error amplifier output transitions to the steady state duty cycle. In some applications, the power supply output voltage can respond faster than the error amplifier output can respond, this actuality leads to the possibility of an output overshoot. The OVTP feature minimizes the output overshoot, when using a low value output capacitor, by implementing a circuit to compare the VSENSE pin voltage to OVTP threshold which is 109% of the internal voltage reference. If the VSENSE pin voltage is greater than the OVTP threshold, the high side MOSFET is disabled preventing current from flowing to the output and minimizing output overshoot. When the VSENSE voltage drops lower than the OVTP threshold, the high side MOSFET is allowed to turn on at the next clock cycle.
The device implements an internal thermal shutdown to protect itself if the junction temperature exceeds 182°C. The thermal shutdown forces the device to stop switching when the junction temperature exceeds the thermal trip threshold. Once the die temperature decreases below 182°C, the device reinitiates the power up sequence by discharging the SS/TR pin.
Figure 31 shows an equivalent model for the TPS54060 control loop which can be modeled in a circuit simulation program to check frequency response and dynamic load response. The error amplifier is a transconductance amplifier with a gmEA of 97 μA/V. The error amplifier can be modeled using an ideal voltage controlled current source. The resistor Ro and capacitor Co model the open loop gain and frequency response of the amplifier. The 1mV ac voltage source between the nodes a and b effectively breaks the control loop for the frequency response measurements. Plotting c/a shows the small signal response of the frequency compensation. Plotting a/b shows the small signal response of the overall loop. The dynamic loop response can be checked by replacing RL with a current source with the appropriate load step amplitude and step rate in a time domain analysis. This equivalent model is only valid for continuous conduction mode designs.
Figure 32 describes a simple small signal model that can be used to understand how to design the frequency compensation. The TPS54060 power stage can be approximated to a voltage-controlled current source (duty cycle modulator) supplying current to the output capacitor and load resistor. The control to output transfer function is shown in Equation 3 and consists of a dc gain, one dominant pole, and one ESR zero. The quotient of the change in switch current and the change in COMP pin voltage (node c in Figure 31) is the power stage transconductance. The gmPS for the TPS54060 is 1.9A/V. The low-frequency gain of the power stage frequency response is the product of the transconductance and the load resistance as shown in Equation 4.
As the load current increases and decreases, the low-frequency gain decreases and increases, respectively. This variation with the load may seem problematic at first glance, but fortunately the dominant pole moves with the load current (see Equation 5). The combined effect is highlighted by the dashed line in the right half of Figure 32. As the load current decreases, the gain increases and the pole frequency lowers, keeping the 0-dB crossover frequency the same for the varying load conditions which makes it easier to design the frequency compensation. The type of output capacitor chosen determines whether the ESR zero has a profound effect on the frequency compensation design. Using high ESR aluminum electrolytic capacitors may reduce the number frequency compensation components needed to stabilize the overall loop because the phase margin increases from the ESR zero at the lower frequencies (see Equation 6).
The TPS54060 uses a transconductance amplifier for the error amplifier and readily supports three of the commonly-used frequency compensation circuits. Compensation circuits Type 2A, Type 2B, and Type 1 are shown in Figure 33. Type 2 circuits most likely implemented in high bandwidth power-supply designs using low ESR output capacitors. The Type 1 circuit is used with power-supply designs with high-ESR aluminum electrolytic or tantalum capacitors.. Equation 7 and Equation 8 show how to relate the frequency response of the amplifier to the small signal model in Figure 33. The open-loop gain and bandwidth are modeled using the RO and CO shown in Figure 33. See the application section for a design example using a Type 2A network with a low ESR output capacitor.
Equation 7 through Equation 16 are provided as a reference for those who prefer to compensate using the preferred methods. Those who prefer to use prescribed method use the method outlined in the application section or use switched information.
The TPS54060 is designed to operate with input voltages above 3.5 V. When the VIN voltage is above the 2.5 V typical UVLO threshold and the EN voltage is above the 1.25 V typical threshold the device is active. If the VIN voltage falls below the typical 2.5-V UVLO threshold the device stops switching. If the EN voltage falls below the 1.25-V threshold the device stops switching and enters a shutdown mode with low supply current of 1.3 µA typical.
The TPS54060 will operate in CCM when the output current is enough to keep the inductor current above 0 A at the end of each switching period. As a non-synchronous converter it will enter DCM at low output currents when the inductor current falls to 0 A before the end of a switching period. At very low output current the COMP voltage will drop to the pulse skipping threshold and the device operates in a pulse-skipping Eco-mode. In this mode the high-side MOSFET does not switch every switching period. This operating mode reduces power loss while keeping the output voltage regulated. For more information on Eco-mode see the Pulse Skip Eco-mode section.