SNVS649I January   2010  – October 2015 LMZ14201


  1. Features
  2. Applications
  3. Description
  4. Revision History
  5. Pin Configuration and 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 Typical Characteristics
  7. Detailed Description
    1. 7.1 Overview
      1. 7.1.1 COT Control Circuit Overview
    2. 7.2 Functional Block Diagram
    3. 7.3 Feature Description
      1. 7.3.1 Output Overvoltage Comparator
      2. 7.3.2 Current Limit
      3. 7.3.3 Thermal Protection
      4. 7.3.4 Zero Coil Current Detection
      5. 7.3.5 Prebiased Start-Up
    4. 7.4 Device Functional Modes
      1. 7.4.1 Discontinuous Conduction and Continuous Conduction Modes
  8. Application and Implementation
    1. 8.1 Application Information
    2. 8.2 Typical Application
      1. 8.2.1 Design Requirements
      2. 8.2.2 Detailed Design Procedure
        1. Design Steps for the LMZ14201 Application
          1. Enable Divider, RENT and RENB Selection
          2. Output Voltage Selection
          3. Soft-Start Capacitor Selection
          4. CO Selection
          5. CIN Selection
          6. RON Resistor Selection
            1. Discontinuous Conduction and Continuous Conduction Mode Selection
      3. 8.2.3 Application Curves
  9. Power Supply Recommendations
  10. 10Layout
    1. 10.1 Layout Guidelines
      1. 10.1.1 Power Module SMT Guidelines
    2. 10.2 Layout Example
    3. 10.3 Power Dissipation and Board Thermal Requirements
  11. 11Device and Documentation Support
    1. 11.1 Device Support
      1. 11.1.1 Third-Party Products Disclaimer
    2. 11.2 Documentation Support
      1. 11.2.1 Related Documentation
    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



8 Application and Implementation


Information in the following applications sections is not part of the TI component specification, and TI does not warrant its accuracy or completeness. TI’s customers are responsible for determining suitability of components for their purposes. Customers should validate and test their design implementation to confirm system functionality.

8.1 Application Information

The LMZ14201 is a step-down DC-to-DC power module. It is typically used to convert a higher DC voltage to a lower DC voltage with a maximum output current of 1 A. The following design procedure can be used to select components for the LMZ14201. Alternately, the WEBENCH software may be used to generate complete designs.

When generating a design, the WEBENCH software uses iterative design procedure and accesses comprehensive databases of components. For more details, go to

8.2 Typical Application

LMZ14201 30114607.gif Figure 32. Evaluation Board Schematic Diagram

Table 1. Schematic Bill of Materials

5 V 5.62 K 1.07 K 100 K 7.7...42 V
3.3 V 3.32 K 1.07 K 61.9 K 6...42 V
2.5 V 2.26 K 1.07 K 47.5 K 6...30 V
1.8 V 1.87 K 1.50 K 32.4 K 6...25 V
1.5 V 1 K 1.13 K 28 K 6...21 V
1.2 V 4.22 K 8.45 K 22.6 K 6...19 V
0.8 V 0 39.2 24.9 K 6...18 V

Table 2. Bill of Materials

U1 SIMPLE SWITCHER ® PFM-7 Texas Instruments LMZ14201TZ-ADJ
Cin1 1 µF, 50V, X7R 1206 Taiyo Yuden UMK316B7105KL-T
Cin2 10 µF, 50V, X7R 1210 Taiyo Yuden UMK325BJ106MM-T
CO1 1 µF, 50V, X7R 1206 Taiyo Yuden UMK316B7105KL-T
CO2 100 µF, 6.3V, X7R 1210 Taiyo Yuden JMK325BJ107MM-T
RFBT 3.32 kΩ 0603 Vishay Dale CRCW06033K32FKEA
RFBB 1.07 kΩ 0603 Vishay Dale CRCW06031K07FKEA
RON 61.9 kΩ 0603 Vishay Dale CRCW060361k9FKEA
RENT 68.1 kΩ 0603 Vishay Dale CRCW060368k1FKEA
RENB 11.8 kΩ 0603 Vishay Dale CRCW060311k8FKEA
CFF 22 nF, ±10%, X7R, 16V 0603 TDK C1608X7R1H223K
CSS 22 nF, ±10%, X7R, 16V 0603 TDK C1608X7R1H223K
D1 5.1V SOD-23 Optional

8.2.1 Design Requirements

For this example the following application parameters exist.

  • VIN Range = Up to 42 V
  • VOUT = 0.8 V to 5 V
  • IOUT = 1 A

Please refer to the table in Table 1 for more information.

8.2.2 Detailed Design Procedure Design Steps for the LMZ14201 Application

The LMZ14201 is fully supported by WEBENCH and offers the following: Component selection, electrical and thermal simulations as well as the build-it board for a reduction in design time. The following list of steps can be used to manually design the LMZ14201 application.

  1. Select minimum operating VIN with enable divider resistors
  2. Program VO with divider resistor selection
  3. Program turnon time with soft-start capacitor selection
  4. Select CO
  5. Select CIN
  6. Set operating frequency with RON
  7. Determine module dissipation
  8. Lay out PCB for required thermal performance Enable Divider, RENT and RENB Selection

The enable input provides a precise 1.18-V band-gap rising threshold to allow direct logic drive or connection to a voltage divider from a higher enable voltage such as VIN. The enable input also incorporates 90 mV (typical) of hysteresis resulting in a falling threshold of 1.09 V. The maximum recommended voltage into the EN pin is 6.5 V. For applications where the midpoint of the enable divider exceeds 6.5 V, a small Zener diode can be added to limit this voltage.

The function of this resistive divider is to allow the designer to choose an input voltage below which the circuit will be disabled. This implements the feature of programmable under voltage lockout. This is often used in battery powered systems to prevent deep discharge of the system battery. It is also useful in system designs for sequencing of output rails or to prevent early turnon of the supply as the main input voltage rail rises at power-up. Applying the enable divider to the main input rail is often done in the case of higher input voltage systems such as 24V AC/DC systems where a lower boundary of operation should be established. In the case of sequencing supplies, the divider is connected to a rail that becomes active earlier in the power-up cycle than the LMZ14201 output rail. The two resistors should be chosen based on the following ratio:

Equation 1. RENT / RENB = (VIN UVLO/ 1.18 V) – 1

The LMZ14201 demonstration and evaluation boards use 11.8 kΩ for RENB and 68.1 kΩ for RENT resulting in a rising UVLO of 8 V. This divider presents 6.25 V to the EN input when the divider input is raised to 42 V.

The EN pin is internally pulled up to VIN and can be left floating for always-on operation. Output Voltage Selection

Output voltage is determined by a divider of two resistors connected between VO and ground. The midpoint of the divider is connected to the FB input. The voltage at FB is compared to a 0.8-V internal reference. In normal operation an ON-time cycle is initiated when the voltage on the FB pin falls below 0.8 V. The main MOSFET ON-time cycle causes the output voltage to rise and the voltage at the FB to exceed 0.8 V. As long as the voltage at FB is above 0.8 V, ON-time cycles will not occur.

The regulated output voltage determined by the external divider resistors RFBT and RFBB is:

Equation 2. VO = 0.8V × (1 + RFBT / RFBB)

Rearranging terms; the ratio of the feedback resistors for a desired output voltage is:

Equation 3. RFBT / RFBB = (VO / 0.8V) - 1

These resistors should be chosen from values in the range of 1.0 kΩ to 10.0 kΩ.

For VO = 0.8 V the FB pin can be connected to the output directly so long as an output preload resistor remains that draws more than 20 µA. Converter operation requires this minimum load to create a small inductor ripple current and maintain proper regulation when no load is present.

A feed-forward capacitor is placed in parallel with RFBT to improve load step transient response. Its value is usually determined experimentally by load stepping between DCM and CCM conduction modes and adjusting for best transient response and minimum output ripple.

A table of values for RFBT , RFBB , CFF, and RON is included in the applications schematic. Soft-Start Capacitor Selection

Programmable soft-start permits the regulator to slowly ramp to its steady state operating point after being enabled, thereby reducing current inrush from the input supply and slowing the output voltage rise-time to prevent overshoot.

Upon turnon, after all UVLO conditions have been passed, an internal 8-µA current source begins charging the external soft-start capacitor. The soft-start time duration to reach steady-state operation is given by the formula:

Equation 4. tSS = VREF × CSS / Iss = 0.8V × CSS / 8 µA

This equation can be rearranged as follows:

Equation 5. CSS = tSS × 8 μA / 0.8 V

Use of a 0.022-μF results in 2.2 ms soft-start interval which is recommended as a minimum value.

As the soft-start input exceeds 0.8 V the output of the power stage will be in regulation. The soft-start capacitor continues charging until it reaches approximately 3.8V on the SS pin. Voltage levels between 0.8 V and 3.8 V have no effect on other circuit operation. Note the following conditions will reset the soft-start capacitor by discharging the SS input to ground with an internal 200-μA current sink.

  • The enable input being “pulled low”
  • Thermal shutdown condition
  • Overcurrent fault
  • Internal VCC UVLO (Approximately 4 V input to VIN) CO Selection

None of the required CO output capacitance is contained within the module. At a minimum, the output capacitor must meet the worst-case minimum ripple current rating of 0.5 × ILR P-P, as calculated in Equation 20 below. Beyond that, additional capacitance will reduce output ripple so long as the ESR is low enough to permit it. A minimum value of 10 μF is generally required. Experimentation will be required if attempting to operate with a minimum value. Ceramic capacitors or other low ESR types are recommended. See AN-2024 for more detail.

Equation 6 provides a good first pass approximation of CO for load transient requirements:

Equation 6. CO≥ISTEP*VFB × L × VIN/ (4 × VO × (VIN – VO) × VOUT-TRAN)


Equation 7. CO≥ 1 A × 0.8 V × 10 μH × 24 V / (4 × 3.3 V × ( 24 V – 3.3 V) × 33 mV) ≥ 21.3 μF

The LMZ14201 demonstration and evaluation boards are populated with a 100-uF 6.3-V X5R output capacitor. Locations for other output capacitors are provided. CIN Selection

The LMZ14201 module contains an internal 0.47 µF input ceramic capacitor. Additional input capacitance is required external to the module to handle the input ripple current of the application. This input capacitance should be very close to the module. Input capacitor selection is generally directed to satisfy the input ripple current requirements rather than by capacitance value. Worst-case input ripple current rating is dictated by Equation 8:

Equation 8. I(CIN(RMS)) ≊ 1 / 2 × IO × √ (D / 1-D)


  • D ≊ VO / VIN

(As a point of reference, the worst-case ripple current will occur when the module is presented with full load current and when VIN = 2 × VO).

Recommended minimum input capacitance is 10-uF X7R ceramic with a voltage rating at least 25% higher than the maximum applied input voltage for the application. It is also recommended that attention be paid to the voltage and temperature deratings of the capacitor selected. It should be noted that ripple current rating of ceramic capacitors may be missing from the capacitor data sheet and you may need to contact the capacitor manufacturer for this rating.

If the system design requires a certain minimum value of input ripple voltage ΔVIN be maintained then Equation 9 may be used.

Equation 9. CIN ≥ IO × D × (1–D) / fSW-CCM × ΔVIN

If ΔVIN is 1% of VIN for a 24-V input to 3.3-V output application this equals 240 mV and fSW = 400 kHz.

CIN≥ 1 A × 3.3 V / 24 V × (1– 3.3 V/24 V) / (400000 × 0.240 V)

≥ 0.9 μF

Additional bulk capacitance with higher ESR may be required to damp any resonant effects of the input capacitance and parasitic inductance of the incoming supply lines. RON Resistor Selection

Many designs will begin with a desired switching frequency in mind. For that purpose Equation 10 can be used.

Equation 10. fSW(CCM) ≊ VO / (1.3 × 10-10 × RON)

This can be rearranged as

Equation 11. RON ≊ VO / (1.3 × 10 -10 × fSW(CCM))

The selection of RON and fSW(CCM) must be confined by limitations in the ON-time and OFF-time for the COT Control Circuit Overview section.

The ON-time of the LMZ14201 timer is determined by the resistor RON and the input voltage VIN. It is calculated as follows:

Equation 12. tON = (1.3 × 10-10 × RON) / VIN

The inverse relationship of tON and VIN gives a nearly constant switching frequency as VIN is varied. RON should be selected such that the ON-time at maximum VIN is greater than 150 ns. The ON-timer has a limiter to ensure a minimum of 150 ns for tON. This limits the maximum operating frequency, which is governed by Equation 13:

Equation 13. fSW(MAX) = VO / (VIN(MAX) × 150 ns)

This equation can be used to select RON if a certain operating frequency is desired so long as the minimum ON-time of 150 ns is observed. The limit for RON can be calculated as follows:

Equation 14. RON ≥ VIN(MAX) × 150 nsec / (1.3 × 10 -10)

If RON calculated in Equation 11 is less than the minimum value determined in Equation 14 a lower frequency should be selected. Alternatively, VIN(MAX) can also be limited to keep the frequency unchanged.


The minimum OFF-time of 260 ns limits the maximum duty ratio. Larger RON (lower FSW) should be selected in any application requiring large duty ratio. Discontinuous Conduction and Continuous Conduction Mode Selection

Operating frequency in DCM can be calculated as follows:

Equation 15. fSW(DCM) ≊ VO × (VIN-1) × 10 μH × 1.18 × 1020 × IO/(VIN–VO) × RON2

In CCM, current flows through the inductor through the entire switching cycle and never falls to zero during the OFF-time. The switching frequency remains relatively constant with load current and line voltage variations. The CCM operating frequency can be calculated using Equation 7 above.

Figure 33 shows a comparison pair of waveforms of the showing both CCM (upper) and DCM operating modes.

The approximate formula for determining the DCM/CCM boundary is as follows:

Equation 16. IDCB ≊ VO × (VIN–VO) / (2 × 10 μH × fSW(CCM) × VIN)

Figure 34 shows a typical waveform showing the boundary condition.

LMZ14201 30114612.gif Figure 33. CCM and DCM Operating Modes
VIN = 12 V, VO = 3.3 V, IO = 1 A / 0.25 A
LMZ14201 30114614.gif Figure 34. Transition Mode Operation
VIN = 24 V, VO = 3.3 V, IO = 0.29 A

The inductor internal to the module is 10 μH. This value was chosen as a good balance between low and high input voltage applications. The main parameter affected by the inductor is the amplitude of the inductor ripple current (ILR). ILR can be calculated with:

Equation 17. ILR P-P = VO × (VIN– VO) / (10 µH × fSW × VIN)


  • VIN is the maximum input voltage and fSW is determined from Equation 10.

If the output current IO is determined by assuming that IO = IL, the higher and lower peak of ILR can be determined. Be aware that the lower peak of ILR must be positive if CCM operation is required.

8.2.3 Application Curves

LMZ14201 30114636.gif Figure 35. Efficiency VIN = 24 V VOUT = 5.0 V
LMZ14201 30114639.gif Figure 37. Radiated Emissions (EN 55022 Class B)
from Evaluation Board
LMZ14201 30114637.gif Figure 36. Thermal Derating Curve
VIN = 24 V, VOUT = 5.0 V