CONTROL IC. MIC2168 Datasheet
1MHz PWM Synchronous Buck Control IC
The MIC2168 is a high-efﬁciency, simple to use 1MHz PWM
synchronous buck control IC housed in a small MSOP-10
package. The MIC2168 allows compact DC/DC solutions
with a minimal external component count and cost.
The MIC2168 operates from a 3V to 14.5V input, without
the need of any additional bias voltage. The output voltage
can be precisely regulated down to 0.8V. The adaptive all
N-Channel MOSFET drive scheme allows efﬁciencies over
95% across a wide load range.
The MIC2168 senses current across the high-side N-Chan-
nel MOSFET, eliminating the need for an expensive and
lossy current-sense resistor. Current limit accuracy is main-
tained by a positive temperature coefﬁcient that tracks the
increasing RDS(ON) of the external MOSFET. Further cost
and space are saved by the internal in-rush-current limiting
The MIC2168 is available in a 10-pin MSOP package, with a
wide junction operating range of –40°C to +125°C.
All support documentation can be found on Micrel’s web site
• 3V to 14.5V input voltage range
• Adjustable output voltage down to 0.8V
• Up to 95% efﬁciency
• 1MHz PWM operation
• Adjustable current-limit senses high-side N-Channel
• No external current sense resistor
• Adaptive gate drive increases efﬁciency
• Ultra-fast response with hysteretic transient recovery
• Overvoltage protection protects the load in fault
• Dual mode current limit speeds up recovery time
• Hiccup mode short-circuit protection
• Internal soft-start
• Dual function COMP and EN pin allows low-power shut-
• Small size MSOP 10-lead package
• Point-of-load DC/DC conversion
• Set-top boxes
• Graphic cards
• LCD power supplies
• Telecom power supplies
• Networking power supplies
• Cable modems and routers
VIN = 5V
4kΩ GND FB
150µF x 2
MIC2168 Adjustable Output 1MHz Converter
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Frequency Junction Temp. Range
-40°C to +125°C
10-Pin MSOP (MM)
Supply Voltage (Input): 3V to 14.5V.
5V Internal Linear Regulator (Output): VDD is the external MOSFET gate
drive supply voltage and an internal supply bus for the IC. When VIN is <5V,
this regulator operates in dropout mode.
Current Sense / Enable (Input): Current-limit comparator noninverting input.
The current limit is sensed across the MOSFET during the ON time. The cur-
rent can be set by the resistor in series with the CS pin.
Compensation (Input): Dual function pin. Pin for external compensation.
If this pin is pulled below 0.2V, with the reference fully up the device shuts
down (50µA typical current draw).
Feedback (Input): Input to error ampliﬁer. Regulates error ampliﬁer to 0.8V.
Low-Side Drive (Output): High-current driver output for external synchro-
Switch (Return): High-side MOSFET driver return.
High-Side Drive (Output): High-current output-driver for the high-side
MOSFET. When VIN is between 3.0V to 5V, 2.5V threshold-rated MOSFETs
should be used. At VIN > 5V, 5V threshold MOSFETs should be used.
Boost (Input): Provides the drive voltage for the high-side MOSFET driver.
The gate-drive voltage is higher than the source voltage by VIN minus a