Slim 12A regulator is configurable as quad, triple, dual or single output

November 15, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Linear Technology's LTM4643 quad output step-down µModule (power module) regulator is configurable as a single output (12A), dual (6A & 6A or 9A & 3A), or quad (3A each) regulator in a 9x15x1.82mm ultrathin LGA package.

This flexibility enables system designers to rely on one simple and compact µModule regulator for a variety of voltage and load current requirements in FPGA, GPU, ASIC and processor-based applications.

The 1.82mm height ultrathin package allows the LTM4643 to be mounted on the backside of the PCB, freeing space on the topside for components such as memory and connectors. The LTM4643 is suitable for systems with height restrictions, such as backside PCB assembly in PCIe applications and where the regulator must fit under a common heat sink or cold plate to cool high power FPGAs, GPUs, ASICs and processors in applications such as embedded computing, data storage, medical imaging and industrial systems.

Only eight external ceramic capacitors (1206 or smaller case sizes) and four feedback resistors (0603 case size) are required to regulate four independently adjustable outputs between 0.6V to 3.3V. Separate input pins enable powering of the four channels from different or a common supply rail(s) from 4V to 20V. The four channels are switched 90° out-of-phase to minimize input ripple at the 1.2MHz default switching frequency or synchronized to an external clock between 850kHz and 1.5MHz. With the addition of an external bias supply above 4V, the LTM4643 can regulate from an input supply voltage as low as 2.375V. Output overvoltage, overcurrent and over temperature fault protection are included in the regulator.

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