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Features and Benefits

  • Controls Four Independent – 48V Powered
  • Ethernet Ports
  • Each Port Includes:
    • IEEE 802®.3af Compliant PD Detection and Classification
    • Output Current Limit with Foldback
    • Short-Circuit Protection with Fast Gate Pull-Down
    • PD Disconnect Using AC or DC Sensing
    • Power Good Indication
  • Operates Autonomously or Controlled by I2C
  • Serial Interface
  • 4-Bit Programmable Digital Address Allows Control of Up to 64 Ports
  • Programmable INT Pin Eliminates Software Polling
  • Current and Duty Cycle Limits Protect External FETs
  • Available in a 36-Pin SSOP Package

Product Details

The LTC4259A is a quad –48V Hot Swap controller designed for use in IEEE 802.3af compliant Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE). It consists of four independent ports, each with output current limit, short-circuit protection, complete Powered Device (PD) detection and classification capability, and programmable PD disconnect using AC or DC sensing. Used with power MOSFETs and passives as in Figure 1, the LTC4259A can implement a complete IEEE 802.3af-compliant PSE.

The LTC4259A can operate autonomously or be controlled by an I2C serial interface. Up to 16 LTC4259As may coexist on the same data bus, allowing up to 64 powered Ethernet ports to be controlled with only two digital lines. Fault conditions are optionally signaled with the INT pin to eliminate software polling.

External power MOSFETs, current sense resistors and diodes allow easy scaling of current and power dissipation levels and provide protection against voltage and current spikes and ESD events.

The LTC4259A is available in a 36-pin SSOP package.

Analog Devices also provides solutions for 802.3af PD applications with the LTC4257, LTC4257-1 and LTC4267.


  • IEEE 802.3af Compliant Endpoint and Midspan Power Sources
  • IP Phone Systems
  • DTE Power Distribution

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