Nano power, wide VIN (12 V max) supervisor reference design used as comparator or power sequencer


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This reference design highlights a versatile use case for a low-power reset IC and a watchdog timer. With less than 1-µA current consumption, the TPS3840 device can be configured to work either as a comparator (with simple 3-pin configuration) or as a universal power supply supervisor that can be daisychained as a sequencer. Additionally, the response and delay time can be configured using an external capacitor. For applications requiring a watchdog operation, the TPS3431 device, a stand-alone programmable watchdog timer with ±2.5% accuracy (typ) can be used.

  • Threshold detection (TPS3840): Self-powered threshold detector using a voltage supervisor as a comparator (with 3-pin configuration and no external power supply)
    • Very low quiescent current (<700 nA) architectures with a set threshold from 1.6 V–4.9 V in 0.1-V steps and fast power-on (<250-µs startup delay) with a user-controllable response time (80 µs to 600 ms using external capacitor)
  • Reset for power supply supervision and sequencing (TPS3840): Useful for multirail reset supervision and startup sequencing
    • Active low and active high configurations available with thresholds from 1.6 V–4.9 V and TD from 80 µs–600 ms
  • Watchdog timer (TPS3431): User-adjustable timer with enable pin and wide input range
    • Low current consumption (20 µA maximum) for watchdog function and user-configurable timeout using an external resistor and capacitor

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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Reference design overview and verified performance test data

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Detailed schematic diagram for design layout and components

TIDRY83.PDF (48 K)

Complete listing of design components, reference designators, and manufacturers/part numbers

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Detailed overview of design layout for component placement

TIDRY86A.ZIP (1948 K)

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TIDCF50A.ZIP (383 K)

Design file that contains information on physical board layer of design PCB

TIDRY85A.PDF (2158 K)

PCB layer plot file used for generating PCB design layout


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* Design guide Nano Power, Wide VIN (12 V max) Supervisor Reference Design Dec. 19, 2018
Technical article Improve circuit breaker leakage current response with a voltage supervisor Jan. 10, 2019

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