50A µModule regulator scalable to 250A runs cool with inductors exposed as heatsinks

50A µModule regulator scalable to 250A runs cool with inductors exposed as heatsinks


Analog Devices announces the Power by Linear LTM4678 dual 25A or single 50A step-down µModule regulator with PMBus digital interface. 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. Onboard 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 to deliver up to 250A to loads such as processors, FPGAs and ASICSs. Applications include 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 16mm x 16mm x 5.86mm BGA package. Output voltage accuracy of ±0.5 per cent is guaranteed over line, load and temperature (–40°C to 125°C).

The LTM4678 operates from 4.5V to 16V input range, and the two output voltages are digitally controlled from 0.5V to 3.3V. The LTM4678 achieves 90 per cent peak efficiency from 12VINand 0.9VOUTat 50A. It delivers 40A at 12VINto 0.9VOUTat 70°C ambient with 200LFM air flow. The switching frequency is 350kHz to 1MHz and can be synchronised to an external clock from 350kHz to 1MHz for noise sensitive applications.

The LTM4678’s high power density and scalability make it ideal for the PCB area constraints of densely populated system boards to power the low-voltage & high-current advanced digital devices.


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Jotrin Electronics

It’s too clever,I also wrote a similar article before, I want to ask you about the relevant questions,could i?

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