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The ISL6364 is a dual PWM controller; its 4-phase PWMs control the microprocessor core or the memory voltage regulator, while its single-phase PWM controls the peripheral voltage regulator for graphics, system agent, or processor I/O. The ISL6364 utilizes Intersil's proprietary Enhanced Active Pulse Positioning (EAPP) modulation scheme to achieve extremely fast transient response with fewer output capacitors. The ISL6364 is designed to be compliant to Intel VR12/IMVP7 specifications. It accurately monitors the load current via the IMON pin and reports this information via the IOUT register to the microprocessor, which sends a PSI# signal to the controller at low power mode via SVID bus. The controller enters 1 or 2-phase operation in low power mode (PSI1); in the ultra low power mode (PSI2,3), it operates in single phase with diode emulation option. In low power modes, the magnetic core and switching losses are significantly reduced, yielding high efficiency at light load. After the PSI# signal is de-asserted, the dropped phase(s) are added back to sustain heavy load transient response and efficiency. Today's microprocessors require a tightly regulated output voltage position versus load current (droop). The ISL6364 senses the output current continuously by measuring the voltage across a dedicated current sense resistor or the DCR of the output inductor. The sensed current flows out of the FB pin to develop a precision voltage drop across the feedback resistor for droop control. Current sensing also provides information for channelcurrent balancing, average overcurrent protection and individual phase current limiting. The TM and TMS pins sense an NTC thermistor's temperature, which is internally digitized for thermal monitoring and for integrated thermal compensation of the current sense elements of the respective regulator. The ISL6364 features remote voltage sensing and completely eliminates any potential difference between remote and local grounds. This improves regulation and protection accuracy. The threshold-sensitive enable input is available to accurately coordinate the start-up of the ISL6364 with other voltage rails.
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