25A micro-module regulator supports N+1 redundancy

October 10, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
LTM4645 is a 25A step-down µModule (micro-module or power module) regulator with the ability to current share multiple independent devices (N) where at least one LTM4645 is used as backup (+1) to ensure power availability if one device in the N+1 arrangement detects a fault.

For example, a 75A, 1V load such as an ASIC can be supplied by four LTM4645s current shared to deliver 75A if one fails. In the event of a faulty operation of one regulator, the device signals an upstream hot swap controller to disconnect itself from the power path while the remaining three LTM4645 regulators maintain uninterrupted operation. Applications benefiting from the LTM4645’s N+1 redundancy feature include data centres, aerospace, banking transactions and cloud-based systems where improved system safety and integrity are high priority.

 

The LTM4645 operates from 4.7V to 15V input supply and regulates an output voltage adjustable from 0.6V to 1.8V. Synchronous step-down operation delivers 25A at 1V from 12 VIN with 86% efficiency, 3.5W power loss and 41°C rise (no airflow, no heat sink). The device comes in a 9 x 15 x 3.51 mm BGA package and includes the inductor, MOSFETs and DC/DC regulator IC. With a differential remote sense amplifier to compensate for voltage droop caused by PCB trace resistance and tested electrical parameters from –40°C to 125°C, the output voltage total DC accuracy is guaranteed at ±1.2%. The LTM4645 has several safety functions such as output overvoltage protection, output overcurrent protection, and an onboard temperature monitoring diode. The propagation delay from time of failure device turn-off is less than 200 nsec.

 

The LTM4645 is rated for operation from –40°C to 125°C. Up to 6 devices can current share for 150A of load current. Power loss is 3.5W for 12V input to 1V output at 25A load. For 12V input, 1V output conversion, full power is delivered up to 75°C (0LFM, no heat sink) and at 85°C derating of load current is 20A. Pricing starts at $26.23 (1000).

 

Analog Devices/Linear Technology; www.linear.com/product/LTM4645