Four-phase buck controller for VR12.5 CPUs claims best dynamic transient response

Four-phase buck controller for VR12.5 CPUs claims best dynamic transient response

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Intersil Corporation has introduced a new core controller that provides a cost-efficient, space-saving solution for powering Intel VR12.5 central processors.
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Featuring a wide input voltage range and excellent fast load transient response, the ISL95816 controller is ideal for mobile computing applications.

The latest ultrabook and tablet products have increasingly complex power requirements. The core controller must be able to deliver specific voltages and regulate the CPE core voltages from wide input power supplies. These advanced systems also require improved power density and efficiency to enable a much smaller footprint.

Intersil’s ISL95816 four-phase buck controller is based on an innovative design that not only supports the requirements of Intel VR12.5 processors, but also offers the industry’s best dynamic transient response. Its wide input voltage range of 4.6 V to 19 V lets designers use either narrow VDC (Volts Direct Current) or traditional adapters. The new device also provides PWM outputs that can be used with either external drivers or compatible DrMOS solutions, offering added flexibility for designers.

Using Intersil’s proprietary R3 modulator, the ISL95816 buck controller offers fast load transient response with minimal ringing on the output voltage. The R3 modulator performance enables support for the VR12.5 specifications at lower switching frequencies and less output capacitance. This translates to higher efficiency and a smaller footprint solution, reducing the bill of materials (BOM).

Availability and Pricing

The ISL95816 is available now in a small form factor 32-lead 3×4 mm QFN packages with prices starting at $2.49 each in 1,000-unit quantities. A complete evaluation board, the ISL95816EVAL7Z, is available for $699.

More information about the ISL95816 at www.intersil.com/products/ISL95816

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