MAX8686

Single/Multiphase, Step-Down, DC-DC Converter Delivers Up to 25A Per Phase

Programmable Phase-Shedding Capability Improves Efficiency During Reduced Load Conditions


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Description

The MAX8686 current-mode, synchronous PWM step-down regulator with integrated MOSFETs operates from a 4.5V to 20V input supply and generates an adjustable output voltage from 0.7V to 5.5V while delivering up to 25A per phase.

The MAX8686 employs a peak current-mode architecture that operates with an adjustable switching frequency from 300kHz to 1MHz. An adjustable current-limit threshold allows for optimization for different applications with different load currents. Inductor current sense is achieved either using an external sense resistor or using a lossless inductor current-sense scheme. The foldback and hiccup current limit reduces the power dissipation during overload or short-circuit conditions and allows for autorecovery when the fault condition is removed.

The MAX8686 offers the ability to start up monotonically even when there is a prebias output voltage. In addition, an adjustable soft-start capability allows for a controlled turn-on. The MAX8686 features an accurate 1% reference and offers a reference input that allows for a higher accuracy reference to be used for voltage tracking applications such as DDR memory.

The MAX8686 can be paralleled (up to eight) together in a true multiphase mode to deliver up to 200A of output current. When operating in this mode, this device achieves better than 10% current balance between phases at full load. The MAX8686 supports programmable phase shedding to improve system efficiency during light load conditions.

Other features include an enable input and a power-OK (POK) indicator used for power sequencing. The MAX8686 also features latch overvoltage protection that turns on the low-side MOSFET when the output voltage exceeds 120% of the nominal voltage. The MAX8686 is offered in a thermally enhanced 40-pin, 6mm x 6mm TQFN package.

MAX8686: Typical Operating Circuit MAX8686: Typical Operating Circuit Enlarge+

Key Features

  • Operating Range from 4.5V to 20V Input Supply
  • 1% Reference Voltage Accuracy Over Temperature
  • Reference Input (REFIN) for Output Tracking or System Reference Voltage
  • Adjustable Switching Frequency from 300kHz to 1MHz
  • Single/Multiphase Operation Delivers Up to 25A/200A with Integrated MOSFETs
  • Adjustable Current Limit
  • Monotonic Output Voltage at Startup (Prebias)
  • Output Sink and Source Current Capability
  • Adjustable Soft-Start
  • Thermal-Overload Protection
  • Output Overvoltage Protection
  • Thermally Enhanced 6mm x 6mm TQFN Package (4W)

Applications/Uses

  • DDR Memory
  • Module Replacements
  • Networking Equipment
  • POL Power Supplies
  • Servers
  • Telecom Equipment

See parametric specs for Step-Down Switching Regulators (409)


Part NumberVIN
(V)
VIN
(V)
VOUT1
(V)
IOUT1
(A)
(min)(max)(min)(max)
MAX8686 4.5200.725

Pricing Notes:
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MAX8686EVKIT: Evaluation Kit for the MAX8686

Tools & Models

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