The Silvertel Ag7010 is the Ideal Buck Converter for USB-C Applications
USB type C (USB-C) is quickly becoming the go-to port for electronics, and it's no wonder why. According to Future Market Insights, the global USB-C market is expected to reach $131.75 billion by 2033. With its ability to transmit data, power, and even video, USB-C is a versatile and powerful connector. As USB-C becomes more ubiquitous, it's essential to have the right tools to support it. Designed to work specifically to work with USB-C, voltage ranges, Silvertel’s Ag7010 Point of Load (PoL) DC-to-DC Buck Converter is a powerful and efficient buck converter that can achieve efficiency greater than 97%.
The Ag7010 can step-down voltage from 8V-24V DC to between 3V and 12V for the output. With a maximum output of 120W of continuous power, the Ag7010 is more than capable of handling even the most demanding USB-C applications. One of the key features of the Ag7010 is its PMBus-enabled design, which allows for easy and efficient communication with other components in your design.
Additionally, the Ag7010 also has a small footprint (Figure 1), making it a great choice for even the most compact applications and products with small sizes. When it comes to efficiency, buck converters are highly valued for their ability to convert power with minimal loss. The Ag7010’s greater than 97% efficiency is exceptional when compared to other buck converters. It also ensures the smooth, reliable operation of your device as it features both low noise and low output ripple during performance.
Predesigned to include all necessary components, the Ag7010 is an ideal plug-and-play module that’s simple to integrate into your design. With very minimal external components needed, the Ag7010 also features:
- >97% efficient DC/DC converter
- PMBus enabled
- 3V-12.7V output voltage
- 10A output current
- Wide input voltage range 8V-24V
- Very low heat output
- Low output ripple & noise
- Configurable UVLO, OVLO and thermal protection
- Overload & short-circuit protection
- Industrial temperature range
- Minimal external components required
- Silvertel “design-in” assistance
- Low profile SMT package size – 37.4mm (L) x 14.4mm (H)
In addition to its USB-C compatibility, the Ag7010 is also compatible with Apple Lightning and Intel Thunderbolt. This versatility makes it an excellent choice for a wide range of PoL and DC-DC converter applications.
To make testing and evaluation even more convenient, Silvertel also offers an evaluation board for the Ag7010 module. The EVALAG7010 includes an Ag7010 module, an i2c controller, and can be powered with either a DC Power supply, bare wire, or USB-C.
As USB-C continues to grow in popularity, having the right tools to support it is crucial. The Silvertel Ag7010 is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a powerful and efficient buck converter designed specifically for USB-C applications. With its PMBus-enabled design, high efficiency, and easy integration, the Ag7010 is sure to be a valuable addition to any electronic device.
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