Low-Cost, High-Reliability, 0.5V to 3.3V ORing MOSFET Controllers

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  • Simple, Integrated, and Inexpensive MOSFET Controllers
  • ORing FET Drive for 0.5V to 3.3V
  • Eliminate ORing Diode Power Dissipation
  • Provide N+1 Redundant Supply Capability for Highly Reliable Systems
  • Isolate Failed Short-Circuit Supply from Output BUS
  • Respond to Reverse Short-Circuit Current in 200ns
  • Adjustable Blank Time
  • Programmable Soft-Start
  • Logic Enable Input
  • Adjustable Overvoltage and Undervoltage Trip Points
  • Fault-Indicator Output
  • Space-Saving Packages
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Critical loads often employ parallel-connected power supplies with redundancy to enhance system reliability. The MAX8555/MAX8555A are highly integrated, inexpensive MOSFET controllers that provide isolation and redundant power capability in high-reliability systems. The MAX8555/MAX8555A are used in 0.5V to 3.3V systems, and have an internal charge pump to drive the gates of the N-channel pass elements to (VCS+ + 5V).

During startup, the MAX8555/MAX8555A monitor the voltage drop across the external MOSFETs. Once VCS+ approaches or exceeds the bus voltage (VCS-), the MOSFETs are turned on. The MAX8555/MAX8555A feature a dual-purpose TIMER input. A single external resistor from TIMER to ground sets the turn-on speed of the external MOSFETs. Optionally, the TIMER input can be used as a logic enable input. Once the external MOSFET is turned on, these controllers monitor the load, protecting the bus against overvoltage, undervoltage, and reverse-current fault conditions. The MAX8555 is available with a 40mV reverse-current threshold, while the MAX8555A is available with a 20mV reverse-current threshold.

Overvoltage and undervoltage fault thresholds are adjustable and can be disabled. The current-limit trip points are set by the external MOSFETs' RDS(ON), reducing component count. An open-drain, logic-low fault output indicates if an overvoltage, undervoltage, or reverse-current fault occurs. The MAX8555 and the MAX8555A can shut down in response to a reverse-current fault condition as quickly as 200ns.

Both devices come in space-saving 10-pin µMAX or TDFN packages and are specified over the extended -40°C to +85°C temperature range.


  • Point-of-Load Supplies
  • Power-Supply Modules
  • Rectifiers
  • Redundant Power Supplies in High-Availability Systems
  • Servers
  • Telecom Power Supplies

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