Control and monitor 16 power supplies

May 4, 2014. Linear Technology Corp. has introduced the LTM2987, a highly integrated 16-channel µModule (micromodule) PMBus power-system manager, which adds extensive digital control and monitoring to an analog power system. Software-based configuration and measurement of power-system performance reduces time to market, enhances system reliability, and enables finely optimized board energy consumption.

The device trims, margins, and monitors supply outputs with ±0.25% voltage accuracy, raising circuit-board yields and long-term reliability. Supply sequencing (timed and tracking), supervision, and EEPROM fault-logging are also built in. All basic passive components—low pass RC filters, bypass capacitance and pull-up resistors—are integrated. The high functional and component integration reduces solution footprint, shortens the bill of materials, and eases routing on large rail-count ASIC, DSP, and FPGA boards in servers, network routers, and industrial test equipment.

A 16-bit ADC in the LTM2987 measures supply output voltages, input voltage, and device temperature. Fast under- and overvoltage supervisors prevent system malfunction and damage. Faults trigger EEPROM black-box recording, which simplifies failure analysis while providing insight into future system improvements. Multiple Power System Managers can be cascaded to sequence and fault-manage more than 16 rails. Over one hundred PMBus compatible commands are provided for flexible programming and data readback of the power system. Register configuration is accomplished through the LTpowerPlay development environment, which supports all Linear Technology digital Power System Management (PSM) devices. Once programmed, no software coding is needed for autonomous operation.

Specified over the 0°C to 70°C commercial and -40°C to 105°C industrial temperature range, the LTM2987 is offered in a 144-pin 15-mm x 15-mm BGA (ball grid array) package. 1,000-piece pricing starts at $23.95 each. Device samples and evaluation circuit boards are available online or from your local Linear Technology sales office.

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