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TI Unveils Industry's Smallest 12-V, 10-A DC/DC Step-down Power Solution

Published: Feb 14,2017

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Texas Instruments (TI) introduced a pair of 12-V, 10-A, 4-MHz step-down power modules that provide a power management solution that is 20 percent smaller than any other 10-A power module-based solution available today.

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The easy-to-use SWIFT TPSM84A21 and TPSM84A22 DC/DC modules integrate power MOSFETs, shielded inductors, input and output capacitors, and passives into a tiny, low profile footprint. In addition, it provides industry-leading performance, with as little as 1 percent overshoot in transient conditions without special magnetics or additional capacitors.

By using the step-down power module together with TI's WEBENCH Power Designer, engineers can get their space-constrained point-of-load (POL) telecom, networking, and test and measurement power-supply designs to market faster. TI will demonstrate the TPSM84A22 module in its booth (No. 701) at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), March 27-29 in Tampa, Florida.

Unlike other 10-A step-down modules available today, the highly integrated TPSM84A21 and TPSM84A22 require just one external voltage-setting resistor for a complete 12-V step-down power solution. For an application such as powering tightly regulated field-programmable gate array (FPGA) rails, a typical 10-A module would require up to 16 external capacitors.

In comparison, the TPSM84A21 provides ultra-low output ripple due to the very high 4-MHz switching frequency and integrated 185 microfarads of output capacitance, which maintains regulation accuracy without any external capacitors.

Download the application note, "How to Dynamically Adjust Power Module Output Voltage," to find out how to change voltage-regulator output on the fly for supply-voltage margining, output tracking, adaptive voltage scaling (AVS), optimizing load power consumption and supporting different system operating modes.

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