The MAX14885E, a fully integrated low-capacitance VGA dual-graphics crossover switch, connects a VGA source to a VGA monitor. This application note explains the proper sequencing of the MAX14885E’s two power supplies, VCC and VL, on power-up.
The MAX14885E, a 2:2 VGA switch, connects a VGA source to a VGA monitor. To ease direct connection to graphics controllers or the ASIC, the MAX14885E has two supplies: VCC, a 5V ±5% supply, drives the VGA side interface; and the VL supply sets the logic switching thresholds on the digital input pins (EN, S00, S01, S10, S11, SHA, SHB, SVA, and SVB). This application note documents the proper sequencing of the VCC and VL power supplies on power-up.
Proper Power Sequencing
To ensure that the MAX14885E operates correctly, the VCC and VL supplies must be properly sequenced. It is easiest to understand the correct sequencing conditions if we split the discussion into two cases: first, when VL rises before (or coincidently) with VCC; and second, the case when VL rises after VCC.
Case 1: When VL Rises Before VCC
The MAX14885E powers up properly when VL rises before VCC rises or when it rises coincidently with VCC. This is shown in Figures 1 and 2.
Case 2: When VL Rises After VCC
In the situation where VL starts rising after VCC begins to rise at power-up, some care must be taken (Figure 3). For proper power-up, users must ensure that VCC has settled before VL starts rising.
VL needs to start rising after VCC has settled (outside of the red triangle illustrated in Figure 4).
To provide a safety margin against variations in production and sequencing external power-supply circuits, it is recommended that the delay from VCC rising to VL rising be at least twice the rise time of the VCC supply.
Detailed Analysis of Power Sequencing
Often, power supply rails rise as shown in the previous figures. In some cases, however, the point where a power-supply transition ends is not so clear. This section describes a quantitative means to analyze a given specific scenario where VL rises after VCC. This method ensures that there is sufficient delay for correct power-up sequencing.
To determine this, four time measurements must be taken. Two of these measurements are with respect to specific voltage levels on VCC, and the other two are with respect to specific voltage levels on VL. All four measurements are to be taken from a single scope capture.
The following time measurements need to be taken:
- TVCC90 = the time at which the VCC rising waveform has reached 90% of its final value, which should be 90% of 5V.
- TVCC10 = the time at which the VCC rising waveform has reached 10% of its final value, which should be 10% of 5V.
- TVL90 = the time at which the VL rising waveform has reached 90% of its final value, which will be 90% of 3.3V or 90% of 2.5V.
- TVL10 = the time at which the VL rising waveform has reached 10% of its final value, which will be 10% of 3.3V or 10% of 2.5V.
Now, perform the following calculations:
To ensure sufficient margin between VCC and VL rising at power-up, the external power supply design must guarantee that:
This application note has described the correct power-up conditions for the MAX14885E VGA dual-graphics crossover switch. It has recommended how much margin to use in the sequencing delay if VL succeeds VCC when powering up. It has also provided a set of calculations to use when the trailing edge of the power supply ramp is not clearly defined.