Large numbers of relay-based applications require the use of a microprocessor which implements complex system control. In these systems, there is the need for microprocessor logic supply voltage, power-on reset circuitry, and watchdog capabilities. The Allegro A2550 combines the functions of voltage regulator, watchdog, and reset, as well as three low-side DMOS relay driver outputs. Primarily targeted at automotive applications, this IC is designed to provide robust performance over extended voltage and temperature ranges.
Three low-side DMOS drivers can drive inductive loads, such as relay coils. Each driver integrates rugged voltage clamps which survive automotive load dump pulses up to 48 V. The 40 V rating on VBB also ensures adequate survival in harsh automotive environments.
A 5 V linear regulator provides 40 mA of output current, with a tolerance of 2% over the operating temperature range. To enhance the usefulness of the IC in automotive applications, the 5 V regulator output, as well as the three low-side driver outputs are protected against overcurrent conditions.
The A2550 also includes power-on reset circuitry (NPOR) as well as an integrated watchdog circuit. Combined, they service the monitoring and reset requirements of a system microprocessor.
16-Pin TSSOP with exposed thermal pad (suffix LP)