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Hot Swap Controller with Onboard Power Monitoring & Fault Logging Protects Dual Supplies

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC4222 dual Hot Swap™ controller for protecting boards with multiple load supply voltages ranging from 2.9V to 29V.


When a board is plugged into a backplane, inrush currents can be large enough to create a glitch on the load supply, causing other boards on the bus to malfunction. The LTC4222 enables safe board insertion and removal from a live, two-supply backplane by controlling external N-channel MOSFETs to limit the inrush currents during power up. An I2C interface and 10-bit ADC then allow users to query important information such as card currents, voltages or fault status and use it to assess the health and integrity of the power distribution network. This information can be used to determine a card’s power consumption, check for normal power operation or execute other card diagnostic functions. The dual channels, wide operating voltage, integrated I2C/ADC and wide array of features make the LTC4222 a convenient solution for emerging high availability systems today.

The LTC4222 is suitable for a wide variety of electronic circuit breakers, computers/servers and platform management applications. During start-up, inrush currents are safely controlled using current foldback, Soft Start and dI/dt-limiting techniques. A 5% accurate circuit breaker threshold minimizes both power loss and overdesign of power supply requirements. Load currents are then monitored using the voltages sensed across current sense resistors and controlled by adjusting the MOSFET Gate-to-Source voltages accordingly without the need of external gate components. A CONFIG pin allows one to control both channels independently or simultaneously, giving users maximum flexibility to configure the Hot Swap operations per their application. Each channel is equipped with separate current foldback and configurable GPIO pins that ensure healthy output voltages are being provided to the loads and indicate whether or not power good conditions are maintained. Separate enable, overvoltage and undervoltage comparators are also available. Meanwhile, an I2C interface is provided to read the ADC registers, and allow the host to poll the LTC4222 and determine if faults have occurred. The LTC4222’s integration allows for preventive maintenance capabilities not traditionally found in Hot Swap blocks of digital power management systems to date.

  	 Dual Hot Swap Controller with I2C Compatible Power Monitoring

Summary of Features: LTC4222
Allows Safe Insertion Into a Live Backplane
10-Bit ADC Monitors Currents & Voltages
I2C/SMBus Interface
Wide Operating Voltage Range: 2.9V to 29V
dI/dt Controlled Soft-Start
High Side Drive for External N-Channel MOSFETs
No External Gate Capacitors Required
Input Overvoltage/Undervoltage Protection
Optional Latchoff or Auto-Retry After Faults
\ Alert Host After Faults
Available in 32-lead (5mm x 5mm) QFN & 36-Lead SSOP Packages

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