Silanna Semiconductor Introduces Versatile 12A Buck Converter for Ultra-Compact PCB Layout

SAN DIEGO, June 25, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Silanna Semiconductor, an innovative producer of disruptive technologies, today announced its highly integrated SZPL8216A family of synchronous point-of-load (PoL) buck converters. These DC/DC buck converters integrate the functions of the DC/DC constant-on-time (COT) controller, output gate drivers and output power blocks all in one compact 3mmx4mm QFN package to deliver the best power density with a minimum external component count. The devices enable designers to achieve ultra-compact PCB layout, high power density and high efficiency for low power loss in demanding and space-constrained applications such as enterprise servers, telecommunications, and networking equipment.

The SZPL8216A-A, SZPL8216A-B and SZPL8216A-C family of devices delivers up to 12 Amps with 94% peak efficiency when converting from a nominal 12 V input down to a 0.6 V to 5.5 V output voltage range. Providing design versatility, the devices feature a selectable switching frequency, 600 kHz to 1 MHz, allowing users to make design-specific decisions to optimize their component size versus efficiency. With the ability to operate at 1MHz, designers can use a smaller output filter to minimize their total PCB solution size.

Other features include programmable current limit and soft start time; remote output voltage sensing; pre-biased start-up and a full suite of robust power supply protection features including UVLO/OCP/OVP/UVP and OTP. Providing additional design versatility, the devices may operate from a single supply using their internal LDOs, or designers may bypass them and instead use an external 3.3 V or 5 V bias supply to increase conversion efficiency further.

The SZPL8216A COT controlled devices employ Silanna's proprietary S-LoopTM control architecture which provides near instantaneous response to load transitions with minimal increase in overshoot or undershoot. Such performance is critical for multi-core CPU and FPGA applications that quickly power on and off with high current load transients and require a very stable power supply voltage.

Key Specs:

    --  Ultra-compact QFN 3mmx4mm package
    --  94% peak efficiency
    --  Up to 1 MHz switching frequency
    --  4.5V to 16V input voltage range
    --  0.6V to 5.5V output voltage range

Key Features:

    --  Proprietary S-Loop control and adaptive COT architecture for fast load
        transient response

--- All ceramic output capacitor solution

    --  Programmable current limit
    --  Internal LDO for MOSFET driver bias
    --  Output tracking with external reference input
    --  UVLO/OCP/OVP/UVP/OTP protections
    --  Pre-bias startup with programmable soft start time
    --  Diode emulation mode for light load efficiency boost

The family includes three different versions, all packaged in the same 21-lead, 3mmx4mm QFN package, allowing for different fault mode behaviors, voltage references, and AVCC operating voltages:
SZPL8216A-AE34: Latched Fault Mode; VREF 0.9 V; AVCC 3.3 V
SZPL8216A-BE34: Hiccup Fault Mode; VREF 0.6 V; AVCC 3.3 V
SZPL8216A-CE34: Hiccup Fault Mode; VREF 0.6 V; AVCC 5.0 V

Sample quantities are available now. The devices are priced at $0.86/1,000 pieces and will be available in mass production in Q3. An evaluation PCB is also available.

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About Silanna Semiconductor
Silanna Semiconductor, based in San Diego, CA, is a privately-held semiconductor company that develops disruptive technologies and leverages them into market-driven products. Silanna's DC/DC and AC/DC power converter ICs deliver best-in-class efficiency and high frequency operation, enabling customers to build end products with breakthrough power density. An ISO 9001:2015 certified company, Silanna has a global footprint with design centers and satellite offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

SOURCE Silanna Semiconductor