SLPS405F March 2013 – March 2015 CSD87381P
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The CSD87381P NexFET power block is an optimized design for synchronous buck applications using 5 V gate drive. The control FET and sync FET silicon are parametrically tuned to yield the lowest power loss and highest system efficiency. As a result, a new rating method is needed, which is tailored towards a more systems-centric environment. System-level performance curves such as Power Loss, Safe Operating Area, and normalized graphs allow engineers to predict the product performance in the actual application.
MOSFET-centric parameters such as RDS(ON) and Qgd are needed to estimate the loss generated by the devices. In an effort to simplify the design process for engineers, TI has provided measured power loss performance curves. Figure 1 plots the power loss of the CSD87381P as a function of load current. This curve is measured by configuring and running the CSD87381P as it would be in the final application (see Figure 27). The measured power loss is the CSD87381P loss and consists of both input conversion loss and gate drive loss. Equation 1 is used to generate the power loss curve.
The power loss curve in Figure 1 is measured at the maximum recommended junction temperatures of 125°C under isothermal test conditions.
The SOA curves in the CSD87381P data sheet provides guidance on the temperature boundaries within an operating system by incorporating the thermal resistance and system power loss. Figure 3 to Figure 4 outline the temperature and airflow conditions required for a given load current. The area under the curve dictates the safe operating area. All the curves are based on measurements made on a PCB design with dimensions of 4 inches (W) × 3.5 inches (L) × 0.062 inch (T) and 6 copper layers of 1 oz. copper thickness.
The normalized curves in the CSD87381P data sheet provide guidance on the power loss and SOA adjustments based on their application-specific needs. These curves show how the power loss and SOA boundaries adjust for a given set of systems conditions. The primary y-axis is the normalized change in power loss, and the secondary y-axis is the change is system temperature required in order to comply with the SOA curve. The change in power loss is a multiplier for the power loss curve, and the change in temperature is subtracted from the SOA curve.
The user can estimate product loss and SOA boundaries by arithmetic means (see Design Example). Though the power loss and SOA curves in this data sheet are taken for a specific set of test conditions, the following procedure outlines the steps the user should take to predict product performance for any set of system conditions.
In the previous design example, the estimated power loss of the CSD87381P would increase to 1.86 W. In addition, the maximum allowable board or ambient temperature, or both, would have to decrease by 2.2ºC. Figure 28 graphically shows how the SOA curve would be adjusted accordingly.
In the design example, the SOA temperature adjustment yields a reduction in allowable board or ambient temperature of 2.2ºC. In the event the adjustment value is a negative number, subtracting the negative number would yield an increase in allowable board or ambient temperature.