The ISL6373 is an EAPP Hybrid Digital 4-Phase PWM controller and is designed to be compliant to Intel VR12. 5/VR12 specifications and control the microprocessor core or memory voltage regulator. It includes programmable functions and telemetries for easy use, high system flexibility and overclocking applications using SMBus, PMBus, or I2C interface, which is designed to be conflict free with the CPU’s SVID bus. This hybrid digital approach eliminates the need of NVM and Firmware often seen in a full digital solution and significantly reduces design complexity, inventory and manufacturing costs. The ISL6373 utilizes Intersil's proprietary Enhanced Active Pulse Positioning (EAPP) modulation scheme to achieve the extremely fast transient response with fewer output capacitors. The ISL6373 accurately monitors the load current via the IMON pin and reports this information via the IOUT register to the microprocessor, which sends a PSI# signal to the controller at low power mode via SVID bus. The controller enters 1- or 2-phase operation in low power mode (PSI1); in the ultra-low power mode (PSI2, PSI3), it operates in single phase with diode emulation option. In low power modes, the magnetic core and switching losses are significantly reduced, yielding high efficiency at light load. After the PSI# signal is de-asserted, the dropped phase(s) are added back to sustain heavy load transient response and efficiency. In addition, the ISL6373 features auto-phase shedding to optimize the efficiency from light to full load for Green Environment without sacrificing the transient performance. Today’s microprocessors require a tightly regulated output voltage position versus load current (droop). The ISL6373 senses the output current continuously by measuring the voltage across a dedicated current sense resistor or the DCR of the output inductor. The sensed current flows out of the FB pin to develop the precision voltage drop across the feedback resistor for droop control. Current sensing circuits also provide the needed signals for channel-current balancing, average overcurrent protection and individual phase current limiting. The TM pin senses an NTC thermistor’s temperature, which is internally digitized for thermal monitoring and for integrated thermal compensation of the current sense elements of the regulator. The ISL6373 features remote voltage sensing and completely eliminates any potential difference between remote and local grounds. This improves regulation and protection accuracy. The threshold-sensitive enable input is available to accurately coordinate the start-up of the ISL6373 with other voltage rails.


  • Intel VR12.5/VR12 compliant
  • SerialVID with programmable IMAX, TMAX, BOOT, ADDRESS OFFSET registers
  • VR12.5 core and VR12/VR12.5 memory
  • Intersil's proprietary EAPP Hybrid Digital Enhanced Active Pulse Positioning (EAPP) Modulation Scheme (Patented)
  • SMBus/PMBus/I2C interface with SVID conflict free
  • NVM and firmware free for low cost and easy use
  • Auto phase shedding option for greener environment
  • Variable frequency control during load transients to reduce beat frequency oscillation
  • Linear control with evenly distributed PWM pulses for better phase current balance during load transients
  • Voltage feed-forward and ramp adjustable options
  • High frequency and PSI compensation options
  • Proprietary active phase adding and dropping with diode emulation scheme for enhanced light load efficiency
  • 1 to 4-phase with phase doubler compatibility
  • Differential remote voltage sensing
  • ±0.5% closed-loop system accuracy over load, line and temperature
  • Programmable 1 or 2-phase operation in PSI1 mode
  • Programmable slew rate of fast dynamic VID with Dynamic VID Compensation (DVC)
  • Droop and diode emulation options
  • Precision resistor or DCR differential current sensing
  • Integrated programmable current sense resistors
  • Accurate load-line (droop) programming
  • Accurate current monitoring and channel-current balancing
  • True Catastrophic Failure Protection (CFP)
  • Average overcurrent protection and channel current limit with internal current comparators
  • Precision overcurrent protection on IMON pin
  • Output voltage open sensing protection
  • Protection disable option
  • Accurate load-line (droop) programming
  • Up to 2MHz per phase
  • Thermal monitoring and integrated compensation
  • Start-up into pre-charged load
  • Pb-free (RoHS compliant)

Product Options

Part Number Part Status Pkg. Type Carrier Type MOQ Buy Sample
Active TQFN Tube 60
Active TQFN Reel 6000
Active TQFN Tube 60
Active TQFN Reel 6000

Documentation & Downloads

Title language Type Format File Size Date
Datasheets & Errata
ISL6373 Datasheet Datasheet PDF 2.17 MB
ISL6373 Data Short Short Form Datasheet PDF 164 KB
Application Notes & White Papers
Five Easy Steps to Create a Multi-Load Power Solution White Paper PDF 846 KB
AN1681: Grounding Techniques Application Note PDF 509 KB
AN1684: Nonideality of Ground Application Note PDF 397 KB