We here at Digilent are enthusiastic about announcing a new Digilent power accessory, the VRM!
The VRM is a voltage regulator module designed around the Texas Instruments TPS54620 switching regulator.
The input can be connect via male pin header or screw terminal providing multiple options for battery connection. The outputs can be accessed via one screw terminal and a six pin male header, providing numerous possible connections.
It has an input voltage range of 5 – 15V and can step down to either 5 or 3.3V. Capable of providing 6A, and at the small size of .8 inches by 1.5 inches, this little guy is absolutely something to get amped about!
The VRM is designed to provide an interface for a single battery power system for your mechatronics or robotics project. Often in these projects you need multiple voltage levels and have higher current requirements that the AA battery packs can provide. With the VRM you can use up to a 15 V power supply, step it down to 5V and draw up to 6A of current, plenty to drive a system with several types of motors.
Basically, if you have a battery, need several different voltage sources, then the VRM is a product to consider. To learn more about the capabilities of the mighty VRM, you can check out its resource center.