Automotive shunt-based isolated current sensor reference design for DC/DC and OBC applications


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This reference design demonstrates high-side primary current sensing in DC/DC converter and onboard charger (OBC) applications for hybrid and electric vehicles. Using an isolated shunt approach for current sensing has several advantages, including high accuracy, linearity and robustness. However, the large input range of isolated amplifiers causes the shunt to experience high power dissipation. To solve this problem, this reference design utilizes a lower input range isolated amplifier, reducing power dissipation while maintaining the advantages of the shunt-based approach.

  • Lower input range of +/-50 mV facilitates lower power dissipations on the shunt
  • 3-us latency (fast response) with the isolated amplifier
  • High-side current sense circuit with CMTI of 140 kV/μs (typical), 70 kV/μs (minimum)
  • Un-calibrated accuracy of less than 1% across temperature range of -40ºC to 125ºC (AMC output)
  • Interfaces directly with differential- or single-ended ADC
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Isolated amplifiers

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Linear & low-dropout (LDO) regulators

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Precision op amps (Vos<1mV)

OPA376-Q1Automotive Precision, Low Noise, Low Iq Operational Amplifier

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Series voltage references

LM4132-Q1Automotive, SOT-23 precision low dropout voltage reference

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Transformer drivers

SN6501-Q1Automotive low-noise, 350-mA, 410-kHz transformer driver for isolated power supplies

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* Design guide Automotive shunt-based isolated current sensor reference design Jan. 15, 2019

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