Intersil unveils ISL91211 PMIC for application processors, GPUs, FPGAs and system power


Intersil, a subsidiary of Renesas Electronics, introduced on Monday a highly integrated programmable power management IC (PMIC) that delivers 91 percent efficiency and 40 percent smaller solution size for smartphones, IoT devices, and other space/power constrained systems at 1.1V output voltage for application processors, GPUs, FPGAs and high-performance system power.

The new PMIC’s low RDS(on) MOSFETs and programmable PWM frequency allows designers to use fewer low-profile external components, enabling a 50mm2 power-supply that is 40 percent smaller than competing solutions. The ISL91211 triple/quad output PMIC is ideal for smartphones, tablet computers, solid-state drives, networking and wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices powered by single-cell Lithium-ion (Li-on) batteries, or 2.5V – 5.5V power supplies.

The ISL91211 PMIC features 5A maximum current per phase up to 20A with four phases; R5 modulator architecture balances current loads with smooth phase adding and dropping for power efficiency optimization; automatic diode emulation mode for 91 percent efficiency at 1.1V output voltage; less than 0.1uA quiescent current (Iq) when EN=0V, and 17uA when EN=3.7V; independent dynamic voltage scaling for each output; input voltage range of 2.5V to 5.5V; ±0.7 percent system accuracy; output voltage remote sensing for accurate voltage regulation at the point-of-load; I2C and SPI programmable output from 0.3V to 2V; and soft-start and full protection against undervoltage, overvoltage, overcurrent, and over-temperature.

The ISL91211 PMIC includes highly efficient synchronous buck converters capable of multiphase and single-phase operation while delivering up to 5A per phase of continuous output current. The PMIC’s four integrated buck controllers dynamically reconfigure their power stages to address a wide range of applications with high efficiency and high output power. Precise current sensing allows the ISL91211 to automatically and smoothly add or drop phases to optimize power efficiency, and provide overcurrent protection without requiring DCR or resistor sensing circuits at the inductor.

The ISL91211 leverages Intersil’s latest R5 modulation technology to provide quick single-cycle transient response and highest switching frequency (4MHz) during load transients. Quiescent current is 62μA while the ISL91211 is regulating the output voltage. The PMIC’s superior light load efficiency, regulation accuracy and fast dynamic response prolong battery life.

Intersil’s proprietary R5 modulation technology is at the center of its new single-phase and multiphase PMICs that shrink power supply size and extend battery life. The R5 modulator provides the highest efficiency, tight output accuracy and load regulation, ultra-fast transient response, and seamless DCM/CCM transitions. R5’s advanced current balance architecture enables smooth phase adds and drops, flexible digital tuning, fast VID transitions, and single-cycle transient response, even from low Iq to multiphase modes.

“The latest generation of application processors requires a new PMIC modulation architecture that can dramatically shrink solution size and increase efficiency,” said Andrew Cowell, senior vice president of Mobile Power Products at Intersil. “The ISL91211 employs Intersil’s new R5 modulator to deliver blazingly fast transient performance and everything designers need to simplify board layout and dynamically scale power supply performance to meet the requirements of today’s multi-core processors.”

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