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Intersil Releases First Digital Multiphase PWM Controller with AVSBus


Complete Controller delivers up to 450A load to an processor, ASIC or FPGA


Intersil has announced 12 new digital multiphase controllers and a companion smart power stage, including the industry's first digital solution with an Adaptive Voltage Scaling Bus (AVSBus™). The new digital controllers provide up to seven phases assignable in any combination across two outputs, and combine with smart power stages to provide a scalable solution from 10A to 450A. The result is enhanced power optimization and more energy-efficient networking and communications infrastructure equipment.

Click for Larger Image - Intersil Releases First Digital Multiphase PWM Controller with AVSBus AVSBus joins the PMBus™ v1.3 specification and features a 50MHz high-speed bus that connects directly to the processor to communicate telemetry data and deliver efficiency savings through adaptive voltage positioning. Intersil's new DC/DC controllers and ISL99227 60A smart power stage support demanding CPU core voltages, memory, and auxiliary power rails, enabling power designers to customize their solution to meet any rail requirements.

The digital multiphase family is comprised of three groups of controllers. The ISL68137 and ISL68134 controllers utilize the AVSBus to power and communicate with ARM-based processors in network routers, switches, servers, storage, and wireless telecom equipment. Two general-purpose controllers (ISL68127 and ISL68124) power network processors, FPGAs, SoCs and graphics accelerators. And eight controllers (ISL69147/44, ISL69137/34, ISL69128/27 and ISL69125/24) add a secondary high-speed interface (SVID or SVI2) to power the latest Intel and AMD processors in cloud computing applications that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) backbone.

The ISL681xx and ISL691xx controllers integrate a high performance digital engine featuring a patented synthetic current control architecture that tracks each phase current with zero latency. This allows the device to respond to any load transient with precise current and voltage positioning, and 30% less capacitance than competitive devices. Synthetic current control also makes it possible to develop high reliability systems using all ceramic capacitors.

Engineers are able to realize the flexibility and benefit of digital control through Intersil's easy to use PowerNavigator™ GUI software tool. PowerNavigator connects to development boards communicating across PMBus and AVSBus, allowing engineers to set up and control all parameters, optimize efficiency via precise current thresholds for adding/dropping phases, and adjust the loop tuning. PowerNavigator eliminates board rework as designs are completed with on the fly changes for stability tuning and optimization. The final configuration is simply stored to non-volatile memory.

“Our comprehensive family of digital multiphase solutions represents another breakthrough in size and flexibility while meeting the needs of any advanced digital load,” said Mark Downing, senior vice president of Infrastructure and Industrial Power products at Intersil. “They deliver the efficiency and best-in-class transient and thermal performance our customers next-generation IoT and cloud computing systems require.”


Key Features of the ISL681xx and ISL691xx Controllers

  • PMBus 1.3 and AVSBus Compliant
    • Telemetry for Vin, Vout, input/output current, and temperature diagnostic fault reporting with black box capability
    • ISL68137 and ISL68134 include AVSBus Interface for adaptive voltage scaling
  • Proprietary digital control scheme with patented synthetic current control
    • Full bandwidth, zero latency current waveforms digitized per phase
    • Fast transient response supporting minimal output capacitance, including all MLCC
  • Flexible phase configuration
    • Configurable PWMs, ability to assign phases to any output (X+Y)
    • Allows solution to be scaled in current from 10A to 450A
  • Power Stage Support
    • Supports ISL99227 60A smart power stage with integrated current sensing
    • Supports ISL6617A phase doubler for extending to 14 phase operation
  • Intuitive setup, control and monitoring via PowerNavigator GUI
    • Cycle by cycle current protection with average and peak thresholds
    • Autonomous auto phase dropping (APD) with adjustable current thresholds
    • Output and input over-voltage and under-voltage protection

Key Features of the ISL99227 60A Smart Power Stage

  • Input voltage range of 4.5V to 18V
  • 60A current capability with 25V rated synchronous FETs
  • Integrated current sensing, 3% accuracy across line, load and temperature
  • Differential current reporting at 5mV/A eliminating DCR error and noise
  • 3.3V compatible tri-state PWM input
  • Integrated temperature sensing with fault monitoring
  • High side FET over-current protection

The company's Web site address is www.Intersil.com.
[Reprinted with kind permission from Intersil - Release Date, 31st October, 2016]


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