Semiconductors and Components

Freescale Launches Regulator Targeted at IoT Infrastructure Equipment

13 November 2014

Freescale Semiconductor Inc. expanded its power management portfolio with a voltage regulator that is designed to work with Freescale’s QorIQ Layerscape LS1 processors to enable secure infrastructure equipment for the Internet of Things (IoT).

Dubbed the VR500, the regulator offers control via an I2C digital interface for programmability and voltage control as well as optimizing microprocessor performance and enabling easy voltage scaling, Freescale said. The regulator also features four integrated buck converters, five integrated LDOs and is configured to work into Freescale’s recently announced LS1021A IoT Gateway that works for applications such as mobile wireless routers, multi-function printers, network attached storage products and automatic teller machines.

The VR500 adds to Freescale’s power management portfolio that the company has been ramping in anticipation for growth in the Internet of Things to work with its microprocessor and microcontroller chips. Some of these semiconductors include PMICs for i.MX applications processors, battery chargers and system basis chips (SBCs).

James Bates, senior VP and GM for Freescale’s Analog & Sensors Group, said in a statement the power management chips from Freescale give IoT engineers “validated, silicon-optimized platform foundations that streamline development and speed time to market” that are suited for Freescale’s network processors for gateways and other IoT applications.

The VR500 is available now priced at $3.75 to $3.95 in 10,000 unit quantities.

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