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Troubleshooting 4 switch buck boost controller LTC3780

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by Captainspock, Sep 23, 2016.

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  1. Captainspock


    Sep 23, 2016
    Hi everyone,

    I have currently built a buck-boost converter using LTC3780 on a breadboard following this deisgn. [​IMG]

    The circuit is calculated and designed to accommodate the input voltage given in the schematic. I have checked countless times and ensure that there is no mistakes in the connections. However the output that I am getting is only a noisy 6V. The switching signals that I observed on the oscilloscope is also fairly noisy. Can someone enlighten me how to troubleshoot this converter?

    Thank You
  2. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

    Nov 17, 2011
    Building a switch mode regulator on a breadboard is a tricky thing. This kind of circuit is very sensitive to extremly good layout (or rather sensitive to poor layout). Your breadboard, in spite of having all the necessary connections, may be a nightmare in terms of grounding and AC signal flow. Have a look at page 24 of the datasheet to get an idea what this means.

    On your breadboard:
    • place the components such that you follow the instructions in the datasheet as closely as possible
    • route the traces/wires as shotly as possible (cut component leads as short as possible, especially in the power paths
    • use appropriate wire thickness to minimize resistance in the power paths.
    • use 2, 3 or more wires in parallel for ground to minimize inductance.
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  3. Captainspock


    Sep 23, 2016
    Thank you for your advice. I try the circuit on breadboard but the switching signal that I got from the controller in extreme noisy so I have decided to test the circuit on PCB. The following is my schematic and PCB, I have tried to follow the design consideration given on the datasheet as much as possible. could you guys give me some feedback on my design?



    Thank You
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