This isn't taking a good direction. BPA may be right eventually! I have
spent days analyzing defective Boom boards and to my surprise never
found a single classic voltage regulator. Up to now I thought this
probably indicates a very low tolerance towards other voltages than
specified. But found quite the opposite when I reviewed it today.
There are multiple converters, and that's all I could find that deals
with power rail generation:
*U3*: TI TPS61080: HIGH VOLTAGE DC/DC BOOST CONVERTER WITH 0.5-A/1.3-A
generates +55V grid voltage for the VFD, takes _up_to_6V_ input, is
not directly connected to +12V rail but fed from U10
*U7*: TI TPS40222: 1.6-A, 1.25-MHz BUCK CONVERTER IN A 3 mm × 3 mm SON
probably dedicated to creating CPU voltages (1.2 / 3.3V), takes
_up_to_8V_ input, is not directly connected to +12V rail but fed from
*U10*: TI TPS54286: 2-A DUAL NON-SYNCHRONOUS CONVERTER WITH INTEGRATED
probably the main regulator, takes _up_to_30V_input_, is directly
connected to the +12V power jack
half of U10 is creating supply voltage of 3.3V for the majority of
the ICs on the board such as
- U12 (Realtek NIC)
- U14 (Xilinx FPGA)
- the obscure U13 (SN0801033) I cannot find any datasheet for
- U26 (Flash EEPROM)
- U25 (DRAM)
- and some more.
the other half creates the supply voltage (+5V I think) for U3 and
Furthermore, directly connected to the input +12V are the digital
*U9*: TI TPA3100D2: 20-W STEREO CLASS-D AUDIO POWER AMPLIFIER (for bass
*U11*: TI TPA3101D2: 10-W STEREO CLASS-D AUDIO POWER AMPLIFIER (for
U9 and U11 both tolerate input up to 26V.
So yeah, actually I cannot see a reason after all why more than +12V
input should do any harm. All the regulating components which are in the
path of the +12V input rail are capable of taking more than double that.
It seems there is no sensitive component directly attached to the input
jack that would not tolerate a good amount more than +12V.
Certainly one should not generally assume that each low-voltage device
can take an arbitrary amount of more voltage than the label on the box
says but in this case we have a good margin.
I don't have any schematics by the way. Just like everybody else I'm
condemned to reverse engineering, and not particularly good at it.
Please don't take my word for granted.
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