REVIEW: Surface-mount point-of-load DC-to-DC converter can be handled like an IC

Chip maker Linear Technology Corp. rolls out a DC-to-DC regulator module that operates from lower voltage input supplies. Handled much like an SMT device, the LTM4604 module comprises a complete 4-A regulator system with on-board controller, power switches, inductor, and bypass capacitors, all enclosed in a tiny land-grid-array package. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a first look.