Linear Technology recently announced the LTM4675 dual 9-A or single 18-A, µModule (micromodule) step-down DC/DC regulator with PMBus serial digital interface. It comes in a 11.9 mm × 16 mm × 3.51 mm BGA package. The I²C-based interface enables you to manage a system’s power condition and consumption. Calibrated and guaranteed from –40°C to 125°C, output DC voltage accuracy is ±0.5% over line and load regulation, and load current readback accuracy is ±2.5% maximum.
The LTM4675—which features EEPROM, power MOSFETs, inductors and supporting components—dual analog control loops and precision mixed-signal circuitry. It is drop-in pin-compatible with the larger package (16 mm × 16 mm BGA) higher power dual 13A LTM4676A, eliminating layout changes so that system designers can easily switch between the devices during the prototype phase. This eliminates redesign of power circuits if power requirements change during board prototyping. The LTM4675 has applications in optical transport systems, datacom and telecom switches and routers, industrial test equipment, robotics, RAID and enterprise systems where energy costs, cooling and maintenance are critical and must be continuously and precisely measured.
The LTM4675 operates from a 4.5-to-17-V input supply and steps down VIN to two outputs ranging from 0.5 to 5.5 V. Two channels can current share to provide up to 18 A (i.e., 9 A + 9 A as one output). Power-up turn-on time is 70 ms. To evaluate the performance of the LTM4675, the free LTpowerPlay GUI-based development system is available for download, and a USB-to-PMBus converter and demo kit are available. With ±0.5% maximum DC output error over temperature, ±2.5% current readback accuracy, integrated 16-bit delta-sigma ADC and EEPROM, the LTM4675 combines best-in-class analog switching regulator performance with precision mixed-signal data acquisition. At start-up, output voltages, switching frequency and channel phase angle assignments can be set by pin-strapping resistors.
The LTM4675 internal operating temperature range is from –40°C to 125°C. It costs $24 in 1,000-piece units.
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