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National Semiconductor Introduces Industry’s First Fully Featured PWM Controller for Power Systems Using Intermediate Bus Architecture

LM5033’s High Integration Gives Designers Flexibility to Implement Half-Bridge, Full-Bridge and Push-Pull IBA Converter Topologies

May 25, 2004

May 25, 2004 - National Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:NSM) today introduced the LM5033, the industry’s first fully featured 100 V DC-DC PWM (pulse width modulation) controller that meets the challenging specifications of the Intermediate Bus Architecture (IBA).  This recently introduced architecture controls the multiple low-voltage power supply rails in complex power systems using digital ASICs, DSPs and FPGAs that are found in telecommunications, automotive and industrial applications. 

As designers continue to enhance converter performance and power density, traditional power conversion techniques are giving way to new distributed power architectures such as the IBA.  The IBA consists of an isolated bus converter powered from a higher-voltage distributed power rail that produces an “intermediate” lower voltage distribution bus, typically 8 V to 14 V, to feed multiple non-isolated regulators at the point of load.  Since the IBA uses two stages of power conversion, the bus converter and point-of-load regulators must be more efficient and fit in a smaller board area to offer a compelling alternative to single-stage distributed power systems.

To address these challenges, National designed the LM5033 PWM controller with the flexibility to be used stand-alone in a push-pull bus converter or paired with one or two of National’s LM5100 drivers in a half- or full-bridge converter design.  This flexibility allows designers to produce a family of bus converters that deliver a wide range of output power levels for telecom and computing power systems.

“The introduction of the Intermediate Bus is an inflection point in the evolution of distributed power architectures,” said Paul Greenland, marketing director for National Semiconductor’s Power Management group.  “Customers expect the next generation of intermediate bus converters to be flexible and efficient without sacrificing real estate.  National has stepped up to the challenge with the LM5033, which is an optimum solution because of a flexible architecture that enables designers to use it in three different topologies.”

Designed on National’s new Analog-BiCMOS-DMOS high-voltage process technology, the LM5033 operates off a wide range of input voltages from 15 V to 100 V for lower component count and higher efficiency.  It also has efficient PWM and gate driver performance at frequencies up to 1MHz.

National will demonstrate the LM5033 and LM5100 chipset in an IBA converter application in its booth (number 341) at PCIM 2004 in Nuremberg, Germany, May 25 to 27.  More information about National’s speakers and booth at the event is available at http://www.national.com/events/.

About the LM5033
The LM5033 is a highly integrated, voltage-mode PWM controller with an internal high-voltage start-up regulator that offers the following performance, space and heat benefits:

  • MHz oscillator that shrinks power transformer and filter components to save space and improve transient response  
  • Less than 100 ns propagation delay on current limit permits smaller margins in the power train components  
  • 1.5 A MOSFET drivers are capable of driving larger MOSFETs for higher power throughput  
  • Switching frequency is set by a single resistor  
  • The LM5033 may be synchronized, which reduces EMI, cross-talk and interference, and permits blanking during the power-switching interval in sensitive load circuits  
  • Current sense with front-edge blanking protects the power switches without tripping on the leading-edge spike, while hiccup mode reduces device stress and power dissipation during overload or short circuit  
  • Direct opto-coupler interface means that no external pull-up resistor is required  
  • Minimum dead-time guarantees robust performance  
  • Voltage mode control, which is better for half-bridge converters, has higher control noise immunity than current mode control  
  • The reference pin may be used for primary control and housekeeping functions  
  • Soft start reduces in-rush current, permitting sequencing and direct control of the output stages  
  • Under-voltage lock-out with hysteresis prevents malfunctions during start-up or brown-outs  
  • The 10-lead LLP® package has a 4 mm by 4 mm footprint (38 degrees C per W)

Pricing and Availability
Available today, National’s LM5033 is priced at $1.10 each in 1K volumes.  The LM5100 is also available now in a SOIC or LLP package at $1.35 each in 1K volumes.  More information about the products is available at www.national.com/pf/LM/LM5033.html
and http://www.national.com/pf/LM/LM5100.html.  A high-resolution downloadable photo of the LM5033 is available at http://www.national.com/company/pressroom/gallery/power.html.

About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor, the industry's premier analog company, creates high performance analog devices and subsystems. National's leading-edge products include power management circuits, display drivers, audio and operational amplifiers, imaging sensors and data conversion solutions. National's key markets include wireless handsets, displays, PCs, networks and a broad range of portable applications. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $1.67 billion for fiscal 2003, which ended May 25, 2003. Additional company and product information is available at www.national.com