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- Low-Voltage Bias Supplies
- Notebook and Desktop Computers
- Point-of-Load Regulators
- VMCH and VCCP CPU Supplies
The MAX8737 includes current and thermal limits to prevent damage to the linear regulator. The MAX8737 uses an external resistive divider to fold back the current limit, reducing the overall power dissipation. The MAX8737 uses an external resistive-divider in series with the current-sense input (CS_), providing foldback current-limit protection, and effectively reducing the short-circuit power dissipation.
An output undervoltage timeout is available for low-cost applications that omit the current-sense resistor. The output undervoltage (UVP) timing depends on the magnitude of the voltage at VOUT. The UVP detects and shuts down the LDO if the output voltage drops out of regulation. The controller uses an adjustable reference input (REFIN_) to set the nominal output voltage (VOUT_), which minimizes the cost and makes the stability independent of the output voltage.
Each linear regulator features an adjustable soft-start function, and generates a delayed power-good (PGOOD) signal that signals when the linear regulator is in regulation. The MAX8737 is a low-cost solution requiring few external components and is available in a small, 4mm x 4mm, 16-pin thin QFN package.