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Power-over-Ethernet power controller offers 99% efficiency for 71W supply

Power-over-Ethernet power controller offers 99% efficiency for 71W supply

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By Nick Flaherty



The LT4294 controller for the new IEEE 802.3bt standard increases the power budget to enable new applications and features, while supporting 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBASE-T) and maintaining backward compatibility with older IEEE 802.3af and 802.3at PoE equipment.

When combined with the LT4321 PoE ideal diode bridge controller, the IEEE 802.3bt Draft 2.3 compliant LT4294 PD controller provides up to 99% of power available from the RJ-45 connector to the hot swap output while supporting newly introduced features, including additional PD classes (5, 6, 7 and 8), PD types (Type 3 and Type 4) and 5-event classification.

The LT4294 is a single-signature 802.3bt PD controller that can be combined with any high efficiency switching regulator. Using a single-signature PD eliminates the need for a second PD controller, reducing system cost and complexity. Whether an isolated or non-isolated switcher is used, switcher flexibility supports the use of off-the-shelf and proprietary power solutions.

Unlike traditional PD controllers that integrate the power MOSFET, the LT4294 controls an external MOSFET to reduce overall PD heat dissipation and maximize power efficiency, especially important at 802.3bt’s higher power levels. An external MOSFET architecture allows users to size the MOSFET to their application’s requirements – standard LT4294-based implementations routinely select low RDS(ON) 30mΩ MOSFETs.

The LT4294 is offered in industrial and automotive grades, supporting operating temperature ranges from –40°C to 85°C and –40°C to 125°C, respectively. The LT4294 is priced starting at $1.95 each in 1,000-piece quantities and is available in production quantities. The LT4294 complements the LT4295 802.3bt PD interface controller with integrated switcher, both of which provide an upgrade path from the current PoE+/LTPoE++ LT4276 and LT4275 PD controllers.

For more information, visit www.linear.com/product/LT4294

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