Power IC combines and simplifies design of Ethernet-powered apps

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) introduces its third generation Power-over-Ethernet controller technology that eases implementation of Ethernet-powered devices such as WLAN access points, IP phones, security and RFID scanners.

The TPS23750 is a highly integrated circuit (IC) that combines the functionality of TI’s TPS2375 powered device (PD) controller with a primary side DC/DC pulse-width modulation (PWM) controller to effectively manage discovery, classification and delivery of direct-current (DC) power to an end appliance. Requiring a minimum number of external components, the flexible TPS23750 offers the highest levels of performance and flexibility to enable IEEE 802.3af functionality in a powered device.

The unique controller supports non-isolated or isolated power supply topologies required by WLAN access point systems, IP phones and other systems, including flyback, forward or non-synchronous low-side buck topologies.

The TPS23750 can withstand voltage transients up to 100 V and operates over an industrial temperature range of -40°C to 85°C. In addition, the controller is housed in a PowerPad package with an internal 0.7-ohm FET to minimize heat dissipation in the system. The TPS23750 also protects the powered system through thermal shutdown and current limiting.

The integrated device relies on a tiny external resistor to set the switching frequency, allowing greater flexibility for power stage component selection. A fixed 140-mA of in-rush current limit also eases powered device startup. The TPS23750’s power conversion functionality includes many additional protection features, such as programmable soft start, hiccup-type fault limiting, a 50 percent maximum duty cycle and a true-voltage output error amplifier.

To meet power requirements of certain legacy systems not fully 802.3af-compliant, TI also announced its TPS23770 integrated PD controller, which includes an under-voltage lockout turn-on voltage that is compatible to legacy systems.

TI provides IEEE 802.3af-compliant powered device controllers and power sourcing equipment manager ICs, which manage power in multiple Ethernet ports. Leveraging its volume production capabilities, TI to date has shipped Power-over-Ethernet ICs to a broad base of customers around the world. TI’s highly integrated TNETV1050 IP phone system-on-a-chip incorporates TI’s Power-over-Ethernet technology, providing increased capability and reliability when implementing Ethernet-powered IP phones. TI is the leading supplier of VoIP semiconductor products.

The TPS23750 and TPS23770 powered device controllers are available in volume today from TI and its authorized distributors. Packaged in a 20-pin, high–power, thin shrink small outline package (HTSSOP), suggested resale pricing for both devices is $1.75 each in quantities of 1,000 units. Evaluation modules of the TPS23750 and TPS23770, complete reference designs, application notes and technical documentation are available through

TPS2350 data sheet

Texas Instruments Incorporated, Semiconductor Group, SC-05166, Literature Response Center, 14950 FAA Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76155. Tel: 1-800-477-8924

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