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Allegro MicroSystems Europe introduces
new wide input voltage automotive buck regulators

Allegro MicroSystems Europe has introduced two new adjustable high frequency DC-DC step-down switching regulators with an integrated high-side power MOSFET ideal for power supply requirements of the latest infotainment systems.

Allegro's A8586 provides up to 3.5 A output current; while the A8587 has output current of up to 2.0 A. Both devices are automotive AEC-Q100 qualified and incorporate current mode control for fast transient response. The wide input range of 3.8 V to 36 V makes both devices suitable for a wide range of step-down applications, including those in an automotive input environment. Battery driven "keepalive" applications benefit from the low 30 μA operational quiescent current.

Both devices are designed to robustly handle a load dump condition with 40 V maximum rating as well as idle-stop and cold crank conditions with 3 V UVLO rating.

These new regulators maintain high-efficiency across a wide range of loads in the PWM mode and incorporate pulse frequency modulation (PFM) as the load reduces. This in turn reduces switching and gate driver losses at light loads. Both the A8586 and A8587 incorporate frequency fold back to help prevent inductor current runaway during startup and provide enhanced dropout performance. Extensive safety and robust protection features include, pulse-by-pulse current limit, hiccup mode short circuit protection, open/short freewheeling diode protection, BOOT open/short voltage protection, VIN under-voltage lockout, and thermal shutdown. The A8587 also has a Negative Power On Reset (NPOR) function to indicate in-regulation and out-of-regulation status.

The A8586, A8586-2 and A8587 are designed to aid in EMC performance by including frequency dithering, soft freewheel diode turn off, and well controlled switch node slew rates. A 4MHz oscillator allows the devices to switch outside EMI sensitive frequency bands such as the AM band or ADSL bands. The A8586-1 disables the frequency dithering feature. The A8586-1 and A8586-2 devices are options that disable the PFM function.

Both A8586 and A8587 are targeted at the automotive and industrial markets, including applications such as infotainment, centre stack and instrument clusters, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and heads-up display (HUD), industrial controls and battery powered systems. The A8586 is available in industry standard DFN-10 and SOIC-8 packages; the A8587 is available in DFN-10 package.

Allegro MicroSystems LLC in profile
Allegro MicroSystems, LLC is a leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing high-performance semiconductors. Allegro's innovative solutions serve high-growth applications within the automotive market, with additional focus on office automation, industrial, and consumer/communications solutions. Allegro is headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA) with design, applications, and sales support centres located worldwide.

Allegro MicroSystems Europe, headquartered in Chertsey, United Kingdom, is the European sales and marketing operation, and operates a network of representatives and distributors throughout Europe. Allegro also has an engineering design centre in Edinburgh in Scotland and an application and marketing centre in Annecy in France.

For further information and download data sheets, view website: www.allegromicro.com 
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