The LM3253 is a DC-DC converter optimized for powering multi-mode 2G/3G/4G RF power
amplifiers (PAs) from a single Lithium-Ion cell. The LM3253 steps down an input voltage from 2.7V
to 5.5V to a dynamically adjustable output voltage of 0.4V to 3.6V. The output voltage is set
through a VCON analog input that adjusts the output voltage to ensure efficient operation at all
power levels of the RF PA. The LM3253 is optimized for USB datacard applications.
The LM3253 operates in constant frequency Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) mode producing a
small and predictable amount of output voltage ripple. This enables best ECTEL power requirements
in GMSK and EDGE spectral compliance, with the minimal amount of filtering and excess headroom.
When operating in Pulse Frequency Modulation (PFM) mode, the LM3253 enables the lowest DG09 current
consumption and therefore maximizes system efficiency.
The LM3253 has a unique Active Current assist and analog Bypass (ACB)
feature to minimize inductor size without any loss of output regulation for the entire battery
voltage and RF output power range, until dropout. ACB provides a parallel current path, when
needed, to limit the maximum inductor current to 1.84A (typ.) while still driving a 3A load. The
ACB also enables operation with minimal dropout voltage. The LM3253 is available in a small 2 mm x
2 mm chip-scale 16-bump DSBGA package.
When considering the use of the LM3253 in a system design, contact the Texas Instruments
Sales or Field Application engineer for a copy of the "LM3253:
DC-DC Converter for 3G/4G RF PAs PCB Layout Considerations.”
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