Regulator uses inductors as heatsinks

By stacking and exposing its two inductors on top of BGA package, the LTM4678 uses the inductors as heat sinks to transfer heat from inside, keeping the device cool, says Analog Devices. The Power by Linear dual 25A or single 50A step-down µModule regulator has a PMBus digital interface.

On-board EEPROM and PMBus I2C enables a user to measure, alter and record key power parameters such as voltage, load current, temperature and sequencing. Five LTM4678s can current share at 50A each delivering up to 250A to loads such as processors, FPGAs and ASICSs. The LTM4678 can be used in PCIe boards, communication infrastructure, cloud computing, optical as well as medical, industrial and test and measurement devices.

The LTM4678 integrates a DC/DC controller, EEPROM, power FETs, inductors and supporting components in a 16 x 16 x 5.86mm BGA package. Output voltage accuracy of ±0.5 per cent is guaranteed over line, load and temperature

(-40 to +125 degree C).

The LTM4678 operates from 4.5 to 16V input range, and the two output voltages are digitally controlled from 0.5 to 3.3V. The LTM4678 achieves 90 per cent peak efficiency from 12VIN and 0.9VOUT at 50A. It delivers 40A at 12VIN to 0.9VOUT at 70°C ambient with 200LFM air flow. The switching frequency is 350kHz to 1.0MHz and can be synchronised to an external clock from 350kHz to 1.0MHz for noise sensitive applications.

The LTM4678’s high power density and scalability make it suitable for densely populated system boards to power the low voltage and high current advanced digital devices.

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