Synchronous buck converters provide lowest EMI performance for automotive infotainment and ADAS applications

Automotive designers will be able to significantly lower EMI and increase efficiency with the pin-compatible MAX20073 and MAX20074 buck converters from Maxim Integrated Products.

These compact converters are able to offer the industry’s lowest EMI performance for low-voltage point-of-load applications, are ideal for automotive infotainment and ADAS applications.

As more automotive features are added the number of power rails continue to increase. Each individual power rail is powered from the car battery through a front-end buck converter and often require specific voltage regulation precision requirements. On top of all those challenges, designers need to meet stringent safety standards in the industry.

The MAX20073/MAX20074 offer improved levels of efficiency and are said to provide the lowest EMI in the industry, reducing interference that can impact the function of sub-systems in a small solution size with ultra-low quiescent current.

Combined with Maxim’s spread spectrum oscillator, SYNC IN functionality, forced PWM, skip modes and current-mode architecture, the system quality and performance dramatically improves, easing overall system designs.

Additionally, backend point-of-load (POL) buck converters, such as the MAX20073/MAX20074, send very specific voltages to the many power rails that come with adding advanced modern features. Its output voltage accuracy makes it ideal for applications that have these tight processor and memory voltage requirements.

The ICs also adhere to tight safety standards, operate with low-input voltages across a wide range of temperatures, and minimise radio frequency interference (RFI) while exhibiting high accuracy, high efficiency and high reliability.

Key Advantages

  • Lowest EMI: Unique spread-spectrum and SYNC IN features mitigate the system EMI radiation, easing the effort for designers to meet EMI specifications
  • Higher Efficiency: Exhibits superior efficiency across the entire operating range for best-in-class efficiency compared to competitive solutions
  • Small Solution Size: Its small 3mm x 3mm 10-pin TDFN-EP package reduces overall system footprint, while saving system BOM cost
  • Output Voltage Accuracy: Output voltage can be pre-set at the factory to allow ±1.5 percent output-voltage accuracy without the need for expensive 0.1 percent external resistors

Author
Neil Tyler