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TL3843 Current-Mode PWM Controller

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The TL3843 is a fixed frequency current-mode PWM controller IC. TL3843 IC provides the features that are necessary to implement off-line or DC-to-DC fixed-frequency current-mode control schemes, with a minimum number of external components.

 

Note: This IC also comes in the 14-Pin package. This article covers only the 8-Pin version of the IC.

 

Pin Description TL3843:

Pin Number

Pin Name

Description

1

COMP (Comparator)

It is an output pin that outputs low impedance 1MHz signal based on the difference between the set and current-voltage. It is normally connected to the voltage feedback pin of the IC through a resistor and capacitor.

2

VFB (Voltage Feedback)

It is an input to the error amplifier inside the IC. The difference in voltage level is supplied to this pin.

3

Current Sense

A shunt resistor is used to monitor the current through the circuit and the voltage across it is provided as a feedback to the current sense pin.

4

RT/CT (Timing Resistor/ Timing Capacitor)

The IC has an internal oscillator which can be set using an external resistor and capacitor connected to this pin.

5

Ground

Connected to the ground of the circuit.

6

Output

This pin outputs the PWM signal based on the feedback provided and we can use this to switch the power electronic device.

7

Vcc

Supply voltage for the IC (Nominal 11V)

8

VREF

Reference voltage based on which the PWM signal is produced.

 

TL3843 Specifications & Features

  • Current-Mode PWM controller
  • Supply Voltage: 7.6V to 30V
  • Output Voltage: 0V to 30V
  • Output pin current: 200 mA
  • Switching Frequency: 500 kHz
  • Duty Cycle - Max: 100 %
  • Optimized for Off-line and DC-to-DC Converters
  • High-Current Totem-Pole Output
  • Fall Time: 50ns
  • Rise Time: 50ns

 

Note: Complete Technical Details can be found at the TL3843 datasheet given at the end of this page.

 

Equivalent/Substitute for TL3843: UC3843, TL3842

Alternatives PWM controller IC:  UC2842, SG2524

 

Where to use the TL3843 PWM Controller IC:

The UC3844 current Mode PWM Controller can be used for DC to DC conversion regardless of buck or boost topology. TL3843 can be used to provide a constant current by varying the output voltage to the load. This IC features a trimmed oscillator for precise duty cycle control, a temperature compensated reference, a high gain error amplifier, a current sensing comparator, and a high current totem pole output for driving a Power MOSFET.

 

So if you are looking for an IC to produce PWM signals for controlling a power switch based on the current flowing through the circuit, then this IC might be the right choice for you.

 

How to use TL3843:

Using TL3843 in a circuit is very simple as it requires a minimum number of components. A sample application circuit from the TL3843 datasheet is shown below.

TL3843 Application Circuit

The input voltage to the VCC pin should be 7.6V to 30V. The VFB (Voltage feedback) pin acts as feedback based on which the PWM signal is controlled. A shunt resistor is used to monitor the change in current in the circuit and then this difference voltage across the shunt is provided to the feedback pin. VREF is used to provide charging current to the oscillator timing capacitor through the timing resistor. It is important for reference stability that VREF is bypassed to GROUND with a ceramic capacitor connected as close to the pin as possible.

 

Applications of TL3843:

  • SMPS (Switch Mode Power Supplies) circuits
  • DC-DC converter circuits
  • Electronics power supply
  • Battery drain circuit
  • Load machines

 

2D-Model of TL3843:

Dimensions for TL3843 IC is given below. These dimensions are for the 8-Pin GDIP package. If you are using a different package IC, please refer to the TL3843 datasheet.

TL3843 Current-Mode PWM Controller Dimensions

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