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Voltage regulator delivers up to 10A at 60C

Posted: 11 Jan 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power management? voltage regulator? notebook?

IR3870M voltage regulator

International Rectifier unveils the IR3870M SupIRBuck integrated voltage regulator that suits a wide range of products, including notebooks, PCs, game consoles, consumer electronics applications such as STBs, and general purpose point-of-load (POL) DC/DC converters.

The IR3870M features a hysteretic constant on-time modulator with adaptive dead-time control and on-state resistance RDSon current sensing to achieve maximum efficiency for notebooks. The IR3870M is capable of delivering up to 10A in environments with up to 60C ambient temperatures and features diode emulation for improved light load efficiency. The device also offers a charge pump output option for enhancing the MOSFET gate drive to deliver highest efficiency at medium to full load conditions. In addition, the IR3870M has a wide input voltage range of 3V to 26V and can be programmed for output voltages of 0.5V to 12V by an external resistor divider network.

"As with all members of the SupIRBuck family, the IR3870M features IR's latest advances in control IC, MOSFET and package integration technologies, and is an easy-to-use and fully integrated DC/DC voltage regulator designed to deliver maximum efficiency in systems that require light load as well as full load performance," said John Lambert, IR's POL products marketing manager, enterprise power business unit.

The IR3870M also features pre-bias start-up, very precise 0.5V reference, over- and under-voltage shutdown, power good output, and enable input with voltage monitoring capability. The device also offers constant on-time control, programmable switching frequency, soft start, and over-current protection.

The innovative SupIRBuck family of versatile wide input, single output integrated POL DC/DC voltage regulators integrates IR's high performance control ICs optimized with benchmark HEXFET MOSFETs in a 5mm x 6mm, slim 0.9mm profile power QFN package. With a unique, scalable common footprint, SupIRBuck provides an easy to implement, flexible, compact, cost-effective, high performance POL solution.

The same feature-rich controller IC utilized in the IR3870M is also available as a stand-alone device, the IR3710M. This device allows designers who use the IR3870 for lighter loads to easily scale up to loads as high as 24A by using the IC with a pair of external IR MOSFETs.

Both the IR3870M and IR3710 are offered Pb-free and are RoHS-compliant.

Datasheets are available using the part number links in the specification tables. The IRDC3870 reference design kit featuring the IR3870M is available in addition to the IRDC3710-DF and IRDC3710-QFN reference designs featuring DirectFET MOSFETs and QFN MOSFETs respectively.

Pricing begins at $2.35 each and $0.90 each in 1,000-unit quantities respectively for the IR3870MTRPBF and IR3710MTRPBF. The IRDC3870, IRDC3710DF and IRDC3710QFN cost $94 per kit. Production orders are available immediately. Prices are subject to change.

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