Allegro MicroSystems Introduces New Multi-Output Automotive Power Management IC with Buck-Boost Pre-Regulator

Designed with a synchronous buck, three internal LDOs, watchdog timer, NPOR, and fault flags

April 11, 2017

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Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces a new power management IC that uses a buck or buck-boost pre-regulator to efficiently convert automotive battery voltages into a tightly regulated intermediate voltage, complete with control, diagnostics, and protections. The output of Allegro’s A4408 supplies a 5 V / 115 mA tracking/protected LDO, a 3.3 V / 165 mA LDO, a 5 V / 325 mA LDO, and an adjustable output synchronous buck regulator (1.25 V / 700 mA). The A4408 is ideal for under-hood applications, with key automotive applications including: Electronic Power Steering (EPS), Transmission Control Units (TCU), Advanced Braking Systems (ABS), Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Emissions Control Modules, and other automotive applications.

The A4408 contains a watchdog timer that can be programmed to accept a wide range of clock frequencies (WDADJ). The watchdog timer has a fixed activation delay to accommodate processor startup. The watchdog timer as an enable/disable pin (active low, WDENn) to facilitate initial factory programming or field reflash programming.

Diagnostic outputs from the A4408 include a power-on-reset output (NPOR). POK5V indicates the status of the 5 V and 5 V protected LDOs. Fault Flag 0 (FF0) and Fault Flag 1 (FF1) retain the last fault to reset the microcontroller. Dual bandgaps, one for regulation and one for fault checking, improve long-term reliability of the A4408.

Enable inputs to the A4408 include a logic-level (ENB) and two high-voltage (ENBAT1 and ENBAT2) inputs. The A4408 provides flexibility by including a TRACK pin to set the reference of the tracking regulator to either the 5 V or the 3.3 V output, so the A4408 can be adapted across multiple platforms with different sensor types. The MODE pin selects the NPOR undervoltage threshold for the V5 and V5P outputs.

Protection features include under- and overvoltage lockout on all four CPU supply rails. In case of a shorted output, all linear regulators feature foldback overcurrent protection. In addition, the V5P output is protected from a short-to-battery event. Both switching regulators include pulse-by-pulse current limit, hiccup mode short-circuit protection, LX short-circuit protection, missing asynchronous diode protection (VREG), and thermal shutdown.



A propos d'Allegro

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC est leader dans le développement, la fabrication et le marketing de circuits intégrés de puissance ainsi que de capteurs magnétiques à effet Hall. Les solutions innovantes d'Allegro sont utilisées dans des applications à forte croissance dans les secteurs tels que l'automobile, la communication, l'ordinateur et la bureautique, les produits grand publique ainsi que dans l'industrie. Le siège social d'Allegro est à Worcester dans le Massachusetts (USA) avec des centres de design et d'application situés en Amérique du Nord et du Sud, en Asie et en Europe. De plus amples informations concernant Allegro peuvent être trouvées sur le site Allegro www.allegromicro.com.

Le siège européen d’Allegro MicroSystems Europe en charge des ventes et du marketing se situe à Chertsey en Grande Bretagne. Ce centre coordonne un réseau de représentants et de distributeurs à travers l’Europe. Allegro possède aussi des centres d’applications et marketing à Annecy en France ainsi qu’à Edimbourg en Ecosse.


Contacts Marketing:

Mary Regan
Allegro MicroSystems Europe Ltd.
Tel: 04 50 51 23 59
Email: allegroeurope@allegromicro.com
www.allegromicro.com

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