Power Electronics

Rail-to-Rail 80V Power Monitor Measures Current & Voltage with +/-0.75% Accuracy

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC2945, a wide range I²C system monitor that monitors the current, voltage and power of any 0V to 80V rail. In many cases, prior power monitoring solutions are limited to 3V to 5V supplies and monitor voltages less than 36V, requiring additional circuitry to monitor higher voltages. The LTC2945 has flexible power supply options, deriving power from a 4V to 80V monitored supply, a 2.7V to 80V secondary supply, or from the onboard shunt regulator. These supply options eliminate the need for a separate buck regulator, shunt regulator or inefficient resistive divider while monitoring any 0V to 80V rail. The LTC2945 is a simple, single-IC solution that uses an internal Delta Sigma ADC and multiplier to provide 12-bit current and voltage measurements and 24-bit power readings.

The LTC2945's wide operating range is ideal for many applications, especially for 48V telecom equipment, advanced mezzanine cards (AMC) and blade servers. The onboard shunt regulator provides support for supplies greater than 80V and negative supply monitoring. The LTC2945 measures current and voltage either continuously or on-demand, calculates power and stores all of this information along with minimum and maximum values in I²C accessible registers. Measurements are made with only ±0.75% of total unadjusted error (TUE) over the entire temperature range. If any parameter exceeds the user-programmable limits, the LTC2945 flags an alert register and pin per the SMBus alert response protocol. The 400kHz I²C interface features nine device addresses, a stuck bus reset timer and a split SDA pin that simplifies I²C opto-isolation. The LTC2945-1 version offers an inverted data output I²C pin for use with inverting opto-isolator configurations.

The LTC2945 and LTC2945-1 are offered in commercial and industrial versions, supporting operating temperature ranges from 0°C to 70°C and -40°C to 85°C, respectively. Both versions are available today in RoHS compliant, 12-pin 3mm x 3mm QFN and 12-lead MSOP packages. Pricing starts at $3.57 each in 1,000 piece quantities.

Linear Technology
Part Number: LTC2945

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