Automotive linear regulator IC features built-in diagnostics

31st March 2016
Jordan Mulcare

The A4481 from Allegro MicroSystems Europe is an AEC-Q100 qualified linear voltage regulator IC with built-in control, diagnostics and protection features that address the requirements of automotive applications. The device regulates input voltages between 5.25 and 40V down to an output voltage of 5V ±1%, and is able to supply up to 50mA of load current.

As a result, it will power sensors, low-power MCUs and transceivers in automotive control units for interior and under-hood applications. The diagnostic output from the A4481 includes a 'power OK' output, while protection features include output protection from a short-to-battery event up to 32V - in the case of a wiring harness fault, for example - input undervoltage lockout, foldback overcurrent protection, output undervoltage and overvoltage protection, and thermal shutdown.

The A4481KLJTR-T is available in an 8-pin SOIC package with exposed pad for enhanced thermal dissipation. It is lead (Pb) free, with 100% matt-tin leadframe plating.

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