19-0767; Rev 2; 10/09
3A, 2MHz Step-Down Regulator
with Integrated Switches
The MAX8643A high-efficiency switching regulator
delivers up to 3A load current at output voltages from
0.6V to (0.9 x VIN). The IC operates from 2.35V to 3.6V,
making it ideal for on-board point-of-load and postregu-
lation applications. Total output error is less than ±1%
over load, line, and temperature.
The MAX8643A features fixed-frequency PWM mode
operation with a switching frequency range of 500kHz
to 2MHz set by an external resistor. High-frequency
operation allows for an all-ceramic capacitor design.
The high operating frequency also allows for small-size
The low-resistance on-chip nMOS switches ensure high
efficiency at heavy loads while minimizing critical induc-
tances, making the layout a much simpler task with
respect to discrete solutions. Following a simple layout
and footprint ensures first-pass success in new designs.
The MAX8643A comes with a high-bandwidth (> 14MHz)
voltage-error amplifier. The voltage-mode control archi-
tecture and the voltage-error amplifier permit a type III
compensation scheme to be utilized to achieve maxi-
mum loop bandwidth, up to 20% of the switching fre-
quency. High loop bandwidth provides fast transient
response, resulting in less required output capacitance
and allowing for all-ceramic capacitor designs.
The MAX8643A provides two three-state logic inputs to
select one of nine preset output voltages. The preset
output voltages allow customers to achieve ±1% out-
put-voltage accuracy without using expensive 0.1%
resistors. In addition, the output voltage can be set to
any customer value by either using two external resis-
tors at the feedback with 0.6V internal reference or
applying an external reference voltage to the REFIN
input. The MAX8643A offers programmable soft-start
time using one capacitor to reduce input inrush current.
The MAX8643A is available in a lead-free, 24-pin, 4mm
x 4mm thin QFN package.
ASIC/CPU/DSP Core and I/O Voltages
DDR Power Supplies
Base-Station Power Supplies
Telecom and Networking Power Supplies
RAID Control Power Supplies
Pin Configuration appears at end of data sheet.
o Internal 37mΩ RDSON MOSFETs
o Continuous 3A Output Current
o ±1% Output Accuracy Over Load, Line,
o Operates from 2.35V to 3.6V Supply
o Adjustable Output from 0.6V to (0.9 x VIN)
o Soft-Start Reduces Inrush Supply Current
o 500kHz to 2MHz Adjustable Switching Frequency
o Compatible with Ceramic, Polymer, and
Electrolytic Output Capacitors
o VID-Selectable Output Voltages
0.6, 0.7, 0.8, 1.0, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8, 2.0, and 2.5V
o Fully Protected Against Overcurrent
o Safe-Start into Prebiased Output
o Sink/Source Current in DDR Applications
o Lead-Free, 24-Pin, 4mm x 4mm Thin QFN Package
TEMP RANGE PIN-PACKAGE
-40°C to +85°C 24 Thin QFN-EP*
MAX8643AETG/V+ -40°C to +85°C 24 Thin QFN-EP*
+Denotes a lead(Pb)-free/RoHS-compliant package.
/V denotes an automotive qualified part.
*EP = Exposed pad.
2.4V TO 3.6V
Typical Operating Circuit
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