Intersil has introduced a pair of low voltage, high current, low dropout linear regulators (LDOs), specified at 2 A and 3 A output current respectively.
The ISL80102 and ISL80103LDOs utilize state-of-the-art BiCMOS technology to achieve new levels of performance. The LDOs claim to provide the industry's fastest transient response, which ensures that the output voltage is properly regulated under varying load current changes. The devices also feature low dropout, 120 mV dropout at 3 A and 81 mV dropout at 2 A.
Operating from input voltages of 2.2 V to 6 V, the ISL80102 and ISL80103 are capable of providing supply output voltages of 0.8 V to 5 V on the adjustable versions. Fixed output voltages of 0.8 V, 1.2 V, 1.5 V, 1.8 V, 2.5 V, 3.3 V and 5 V also are available, as are custom voltage options. Initial VOUT Accuracy is ± 0.5 percent, and the devices provide ± 1.8 percent guaranteed VOUT accuracy for the junction temperature range of -40 degrees C to +125 degrees C, assuring accurate point-of-load voltage regulation in critical applications. Shutdown current is less than 1 microA, and PSRR is 60 dB over full-rated load current.
The two LDOs also include an enable feature, so they can be placed into a low quiescent current shutdown mode. Additional capabilities including PowerGood status indicator, soft-start, overcurrent protection, and thermal shutdown ensure that they are highly reliable and customizable for various applications. The combination of features make the ISL80102 and ISL80103 ideal for a wide range of applications including core power supplies for microprocessors, DSPs and FPGAs, as well as instrumentation applications, industrial and medical equipment, servers, and networking equipment. Because they are manufactured using a BiCMOS process, the devices consume lower quiescent current as a function of load, compared with LDOs manufactured using older bipolar processes.
Availability and Pricing
The ISL80102 and ISL80103 are available now in compact 3×3 10-lead DFN packages. Prices per 1,000 pieces start at $ 1.42 each for the ISL80102 and $2.26 each for the ISL80103. Intersil also intends to provide the new LDOs in 5-Lead TO263 and TO220 packages by the beginning of 2010.