Renesas Electronics Simplifies Power Supply Design with Scalable Digital Controllers for Cloud Computing, Communications, and Industrial Applications

Renesas ISL68300 ISL68301

Feature-Rich ISL68300 and ISL68301 Deliver up to Eight Phases and More Than 240 A for FPGAs, DSPs, ASICs, and Network Processors

Renesas Electronics announced two new PMBus™ compliant, fully digital DC/DC controllers that provide single output point-of-load (POL) conversions for FPGAs, DSPs, ASICs, network processors and general purpose system rails. The ISL68300 with integrated MOSFET drivers and ISL68301 with PWM output simplify designing power supplies for data center, wired and wireless communications, and factory automation equipment. The ISL68300 can drive discrete external MOSFETs directly, while the ISL68301 pairs with Renesas’ smart power stages or DrMOS power stages to create a complete voltage regulator solution.

Renesas - ISL68300, ISL68301

The ISL68300 and ISL68301 digital controllers feature a high-speed current share bus that parallels up to eight controllers in an 8-phase 240 A+ current share configuration. Both controllers implement Renesas’ digital ChargeMode™ control modulation, which responds to load transients in a single switching cycle, and provides an inherently stable control loop without requiring external compensation. This modulation architecture significantly reduces output capacitor requirements and minimizes VOUT undershoot and overshoot.

Engineers can use the PowerNavigator™ GUI with the ISL68300 and ISL68301 to simplify power supply setup, sequencing, configuration and monitoring, including all device parameters and telemetry. Full schematic designs are completed in minutes, and the GUI with PMBus makes it easy to control the entire design and change features without soldering components or rework.

Key Features of ISL68300 and ISL68301 Digital Controllers

  • Parallel up to eight controllers in a single droop-less current sharing output
  • Output voltage range: 0.45 V to 5.5 V
  • Input voltage range: 4.75 V to 16 V or 4.5 V to 5.5 V
  • 0.5% output voltage accuracy over line, load, and temperature
  • Switching frequency range of 200 kHz to 1.0 MHz
  • Proprietary single-wire Digital-DC™ (DDC) serial bus enables voltage sequencing and fault spreading with other Renesas digital power ICs
  • Cycle-by-cycle inductor peak current protection
  • Configurable fault protection for VOUT under voltage (UV), over voltage (OV), VIN UV/OV, and temperature
  • Nonvolatile memory stores operating parameters and records telemetry fault events

In a typical FPGA power supply, the ISL68300 and ISL68301 digital controllers provide single output 10 A to 40 A+ for auxiliary rails, DDR memory, and system rails. The companion Renesas digital multiphase controllers use smart power stages to provide dual output 15 A to 70 A, or higher core power.

Pricing and Availability

The ISL68300 with integrated driver optimized to work with discrete MOSFETs is available now in a 4 mm × 4 mm, 24-lead QFN package and priced at $2.60 USD in 1k quantities. Single-phase and 2-phase evaluation boards are available for $125 USD each.

ISL68301EVAL1Z Evaluation Board
ISL68301EVAL1Z Evaluation Board.

The ISL68301 with PWM output for pairing with ISL99227B smart power stages or DrMOS power stages is available now in a 4 mm × 4 mm, 24-lead QFN package and priced at $2.26 USD in 1k quantities. Single-phase and 2-phase evaluation boards are available for $125 USD each.

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