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Chip integrates a Hot Swap controller, power MOSFET and current sense resistor

Milpitas, Calif.—Linear Technology Corp. has introduced the LTC4217, a 2A integrated Hot Swap controller for protecting low-power boards with load supply voltages ranging from 2.9V to 26.5V.

Like other Hot Swap devices, the LTC4217 allows a board to be safely inserted and removed from a live backplane by limiting the amount of inrush current to the load supply during power up. Hot Swap controllers typically call for a number of supporting components. However, the LTC4217 integrates a power MOSFET and sense resistor in its power path to limit inrush current, thereby drastically reducing the number of external components required. The device's internal dV/dT circuit means there is no need for an external gate capacitor.

An adjustable current limit allows users to vary the current limit threshold under different loading conditions, for example in disk drive spin-up to normal operation. This high level of integration packaged in a tiny DFN makes the LTC4217 a convenient Hot Swap solution in applications where board real estate is at a premium.

The LTC4217 is suitable for a wide range of RAID, server, telecom and industrial applications, especially in compact boards utilizing technologies like Fibre Channel, where power is typically limited to less than 25W due to their small size and inability to dissipate large amounts of heat.

The LTC4217 is offered in commercial and industrial versions, supporting operating temperature ranges from 0°C to 70°C and -40°C to 85°C, respectively. The LTC4217 can be ordered in either a small 16-pin 5mm x 3mm QFN package or a 20-lead TSSOP, both of which are RoHS compliant.

Pricing: Starting at $3.35 each in 1,000-piece quantities.
Availability: Today in production quantities.
Datasheet: Click here.

Linear Technology, www.linear.com

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