Power Regulation & Distribution for Intel SkyLake™ Processor Platform Reference Design


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TI's optimized solution for power regulation, distribution, and sequencing for Intel SkyLake™ Processor platform. Utilizing high efficiency DC/DC switching regulators and integrated load switches, this design demonstrates regulation of four unique power rails and distribution of 21 different points-of-load. Significant reduction in board area is accomplished with quad-channel load switches and high-efficiency, integrated DC/DC step-down converters. Furthermore, hybrid I2C/GPIO control reduces or eliminates GPIO requirements, thereby simplifying PCB layout. This design operates with an input voltage range of 4.5V to 15V, simulating 2S/3S Li-Ion battery topologies. A PC-based GUI controls on-board power components over a standard USB cable.  Real-time power delivery status feedback is provided via on-board LEDs as well as PC graphics.

  • Size-optimized, real-world design based on Intel SkyLake™ processor platform targeting consumer and industrial computing markets (Ultrathin PC, Tablet PC, Desktop PC, Chromebook, Industrial PC, Computing Servers).
  • Quad-channel load switches and high integration DC/DC converters reduce BOM count by 48%, resulting in lower manufacturing and inventory costs.
  • At least 25% reduction in PCB footprint versus conventional implementations consisting of load switches and DC/DC converters. Additional space savings is realized when compared to discrete power switching implementations.
  • Scalable, reduced dependency on GPIO reduces control signal count by as much as 90% to control 21 different points-of-load using I2C and/or GPIO hybrid control plane.
  • 38% lower standby power and 49% lower operating power deliver increased battery life.
  • Extended Input range DC/DC converters deliver high efficiency at 2/3 of the total solution size.

A fully assembled board has been developed for testing and performance validation only, and is not available for sale.

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Design files

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TIDU566.PDF (3119 K)

Test results for the reference design, including efficiency graphs, test prerequisites and more

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Detailed schematic diagram for design layout and components

TIDRAT9.PDF (1409 K)

Detailed schematic diagram for design layout and components


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TIDRAU1.ZIP (3684 K)

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Buck converters (integrated switch)

TPS621303-17V 3A Step-Down Converter with DCS-Control in 3x3 QFN Package

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Buck converters (integrated switch)

TPS621513–17V 1A Step-Down Converter in 3x3 QFN package

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Load switches

TPS229934-ch, 3.6-V, 1.2-A, 15-mΩ load switch with I2C control

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Test report TIDA-00194 Test Results Oct. 01, 2014

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