I need to generate a fair bit of current (up to 2A peak, much less average) in the 6V-15V range for driving MOSFET gates, and also generate 5V (less than 100 mA) for an MCU, from an input that may be between 6.5V and 60V. I'd like the output of the 6-19V regulator to be ~6V when input is 6.5V, and ~15V when input is >= 16V, and then not go over 15V as voltage goes up.
I've found a number of promising candidates on Digi-Key, but none that has the combination of ultra-low drop-out and high current capacity that I want. For example, the MAX5024 can generate my 100 mA for 5V from a high input voltage, and only has 0.9V drop-out; it can also be used to generate 11V output (which will be less with less input voltage) but only up to 100 mA, and using two of this becomes expensive. 11V is also in the lower end of the gate drive voltage I want to use when the input voltage is high -- 15V would be better.
There are also some cheaper parts (like some Intersil part) that generate 5V and 15V, but require 12V and 20V input respectively, and only generates 30 mA for the 15V output.
Perhaps I can use a reservoir capacitor after the 11V output to supply the transient current of switching the MOSFET gates on/off, and get around the 100 mA limit? As long as the time switching is less than a handful of percent of the total duty cycle?
An alternative would be to use a lower-voltage ULDO (with 16V or 35V max input) and somehow extend its working range by using some offsetting Zeners or resistors in some clever combination -- but I can't quite work out what that would be that would let me extend like that while still having the very wide (> 50V) input range span.
Any advice would be appreciated!