Identifying the differences between the ZL8800 and ZL8801 dual phase PMBus™ ChargeMode™ control dc/dc digital controllers.


The ZL8801 is part of our fourth generation family of digital power controllers. Also in that family is the ZL8800. Selecting between the two is relatively simple, as the chart shows.

The ZL8800 and ZL8801 both offer ChargeMode control. The ZL8800, however, offers dual output or dual phase operation. The ZL8801 offers only dual phase, but it adds DDC current share. With DDC current share, you can share multiple ZL8801 controllers, for up to an eight-phase design.

The recommended current range for the ZL8800 is between 5A and 60A. The ZL8801 has a recommended current range of 40A all the way up to 300A plus. The actual current is dependent on the power stage you use, however, these are just recommendations.

Both parts are offered in a 7mm x 7mm QFN package. Both the ZL8800 and ZL8801 are compensation free, based on our ChargeMode control architecture.

Unlike an analog control loop, a fully digital control loop digitizes the feedback voltage and handles all control and compensation in a digital delay.