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400kHz rise time accelerator improves I&sup2C/SMBus system reliability

Milpitas, Calif.—Linear Technology has introduced the LTC4311 rise time accelerator for heavily loaded I²C/SMBus systems operating at bus speeds of up to 400kHz.

According to Linear, the LTC4311 offers improvements over existing accelerator products with its wide supply voltage range, low power shutdown mode, strong pull-up current, tight bus hold-off threshold, voltage improved ESD ruggedness and reduced package size.

Systems where multiple devices are connected to the same bus can exhibit high bus capacitance well beyond the 400pF I&sup2C specification. The capacitive loading causes slow rise times that can affect data reliability and dictate the maximum practical speed of the bus. The LTC4311 alleviates these issues by using a boosted pull-up current during the rising bus transitions, while disabling the current sources during falling transitions and during logic lows and logic highs for improved low state noise margins.
Portable applications include cameras, notebook computers and full-featured cell phones.

The LTC4311 is capable of operating from supply voltages as low as 1.6V and as high as 5.5V. It provides an ENABLE pin for a low current shutdown of less than 5µA, with no bus loading during shutdown or when powered down. The LTC4311 auto-detects the bus idle state and reduces supply current to only 26µA in standby mode. For additional reliability, the LTC4311 survives ±8kV Human Body Model ESD on its pins.

Specified over the commercial and industrial temperature ranges, the LTC4311 is offered in tiny 2mm x 2mm 6-pin DFN and SC70 packages.

Pricing: Begins at $1.55 in 1,000 piece quantities.
Availability: Now.
Datasheet: Click here.

Linear Techology, www.linear.com

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