Today's telecom, datacom and computing environments are delivering more power than ever and requiring less space for the DC/DC conversion. Intersil has numerous power management reference designs for POL conversion in the smallest space available. Designers can take the schematic, BOM (Bill of Materials) layout information and apply it directly to their present design, saving them time and money.
As with every benefit there are tradeoffs. In this case, the tradeoff is access to testing. Since there are limited places to probe on the board, special techniques must be implemented when using small form factor evaluation boards. In this paper we will discuss some of these techniques.