Overview

Features and Benefits

  • Fully functional support evaluation kit for the ADM1278
  • Populated and tested with 12 V, 73 A, 3 mF design
  • Special N-MOSFET footprint suits different packages
  • Supports up to four sense resistors in parallel
  • Supports up to six FETs in parallel
  • LED indicated status outputs
  • Wide input voltage range of up to 20 V
  • FET temperature measurement capability
  • Supports cascade setup for multiple boards
  • Toggle and push-button switch for easy input control
  • PMBus communication supported

Product Details

The EVAL-ADM1278EBZ is a compact full feature evaluation board for the ADM1278. The board layout gives users a clear visual of all the peripheral components and the hot swap power path. The layout also maximizes the board’s ability to dissipate heat for some of the key components on the power path, allowing the evaluation of very high current hot swap setups.

Four sense-resistor slots and six multipackage FET slots give users great flexibility and allow a wide range of application setups.

Multiple test points allow easy access to all critical points/pins. Seven LEDs give users direct visual indication on variations in the board status, such as supply input, output, IC power good output, fault output, current sense output, and GPO outputs. An AD7291 8-channel, I2C, 12-bit SAR ADC allows users to measure voltage such as CSOUT and other pin voltages as well as to read ambient board temperature through an I2C bus in real time.

The kit supports I2C communication, allowing users to communicate with the ADM1278. The evaluation kit also supports cascade setup so multiple evaluation boards can be connected together and share the same I2C bus.

The boards are fully compatible with the ADM1278 evaluation software tool, which can be downloaded from the ADM1278 product page.

Users need a USB-SDP-CABLEZ USB-to-I2C dongle to use the evaluation software tools.

The standard evaluation kit is prepopulated and tested with a 12 V, 73A hot swap design capable of working with a 3 mF output capacitor.

Complete specifications for the ADM1278 are available in the ADM1278 data sheet from Analog Devices and should be consulted in conjunction with this user guide when using the evaluation boards.

Package Contents
  • EVAL-ADM1278EBZ evaluation board

Additional Hardware Needed
  • Serial I/O interface USB-SDP-CABLEZ (not included in the evaluation kit and should be ordered separately)
  • Only one dongle is required in multiboard cascade setup

Software Needed
  • Analog Devices, Inc., hot swap and power monitoring evaluation software

Applicable Parts

Software

Evaluation Software

Hot-Swap & Power Monitoring Evaluation Software
ZIP
HS-PM Evaluation Software Installer (Ver 1.5.2)
A configuration and programming tools for use with the PMBus enabled hot swap and power monitoring parts. This version of software supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
ADMxxxx Common Run-Time
ZIP
ADMxxxx Run-time Installer
This file only needs to be downloaded and installed once for all tools that share it.

Design Tools

Hot-Swap & Power Monitoring Evaluation Software
ZIP
HS-PM_Evaluation_Tool_Installer v1.5.0
(zip, 9.3 MB) A configuration and programming tools for use with the ADM1278 hot swap and power monitoring parts. This version of software supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

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