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Switch mode USB PMIC minimizes battery heat

Posted: 18 Jan 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power management IC? buck-boost regulator? PMIC?

Linear Technology Corp. has released the LTC3556, the latest in a family of smaller next-generation, multifunction power management solutions for Li-ion/polymer battery applications. The LTC3556 integrates a switching PowerPath manager, a standalone battery charger, an ideal diode, I?C control, a synchronous buck-boost regulator, two high efficiency synchronous buck regulators plus an always-on LDO, all in a compact, low-profile 4mm x 5mm QFN package. The LTC3556's PowerPath control feature seamlessly manages power flow between multiple input sources such as a wall adapter or USB port and the Lithium battery while preferentially providing power to the system load. In addition, its "instant-ON" operation ensures system load power even with a dead or missing battery. For fast charging, the LTC3556's switching input stage converts nearly all of the 2.5W available from the USB port to charging current, enabling up to 700mA from a 500mA limited USB supply or up to 1.5A when wall powered. An internal 180? ideal diode plus optional external ideal diode controller provide a low loss power path, further minimizing heat generation and maximizing efficiency.

The LTC3556's onboard synchronous buck-boost regulator can deliver up to 1A continuously and is ideal for efficiently regulating a 3.3V output voltage over the full Lithium battery voltage range, down to 2.75V input. The LTC3556's two integrated synchronous buck regulators feature 100 percent duty cycle operation and are capable of delivering output currents of 400mA each, with adjustable output voltages down to 0.8V.

The LTC3556 switching regulator's internal low Rds(ON) switches enable efficiency as high as 94 percent, maximizing battery runtime. In addition, Burst Mode operation optimizes efficiency at light loads with a quiescent current of only 20?A for the buck-boost regulator and only 35?A for each buck regulator (The LTC3556 features USB-compatible programmable current limiting to 100mA, 500mA, 1A, while its Bat-Track adaptive output control enables high efficiency battery charging and reduces power dissipation. Stand-alone autonomous operation simplifies design, eliminating the need for an external microprocessor for battery charge termination. To preserve battery energy, the LTC3556 draws only 44?A in suspend mode. The charger is compatible with inputs up to 5.5V (7V absolute maximum transient for added robustness).

The LTC3556 is available from stock in a compact, low-profile (0.75mm) 4mm x 5mm QFN-28 package. Pricing starts at $4.80 each for 1,000-piece quantities.




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