IR's Compact PowIRaudio Modules Reduce Component Count, Shrink PCB Size up to 70 Percent and Simplify Class D Amplifier Design

May 17, 2012 | Technology Media

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — International Rectifier, IR® (NYSE: IRF), a world leader in power management technology, today introduced the PowIraudio™ family of integrated power modules for high performance home theater systems and car audio amplifiers. The new devices integrate a PWM controller and two digital audio power MOSFETs in a single package to offer a highly efficient, compact solution that reduces component count, shrinks PCB size up to 70 percent and simplifies Class D amplifier design.

The combination of an advanced audio controller IC with MOSFETs fully optimized for audio performance results in improved efficiency, THD, and EMI, allowing the IR43xxM family operate without a mechanical heatsink over a wide power supply range on either a single or split power supply. High voltage ratings and noise immunity ensure reliable operation over various environmental conditions.

"IR's existing Class D solutions are proven to offer equivalent audio performance to Class AB amplifiers while providing the additional benefits of higher efficiency and smaller size," said Jun Honda, Director of Audio Systems Engineering, IR's Energy Saving Products Business Unit. "The high level of integration of our new PowIRaudio modules enables customers to quickly and easily design their high performance Class D Audio systems"

The single channel IR4301M and dual channel IR4302M offer the flexibility and convenience of building stereo amplifier and multi-channel designs in various channel configurations, while the devices' 5x6 mm and 7x7 mm PQFN packages enhance the benefit of utilizing a smaller size of Class D topology.

Other key features common to the family include over-current protection, thermal shutdown, internal/external shutdown and floating differential input. The IR4302M also offers clip detection.

A wide range of reference designs are available to further simplify the design of systems using these devices.

Datasheets and an application note are available via the part number links found above.

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