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Battery charger promises faster charging for portable apps

Posted: 21 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:battery charger? portable application? USB charging?


Texas Instruments Inc. has released the bq24150, a 3MHz, switch-mode battery charge management IC for portable electronics that can be charged from an adaptor or a USB port.

The tiny 2mm x 2mm switching charger significantly improves charge time, reduces power dissipation and cuts board space in half compared to typical implementation with linear chargers.

TI's bq24150 device with integrated 1.25A FETs is claimed to be the smallest I?C programmable buck-charger solution, providing maximum battery charging performance and design flexibility in USB-powered applications, such as smart phones, portable media players or other consumer electronics. The 3MHz charger only requires the use of a 1?H inductor and small ceramic capacitors, resulting in a solution size of 7.6mm x 10.4mm. The bq24150 also features a reverse boost USB on-the-go (OTG) mode that generates a voltage supply to power accessories that are plugged into a mini-USB port, eliminating the need for another discrete device.

In addition, the bq24150 fully complies with USB charging standards. The device can achieve high peak efficiency of up to 92 percent, while supporting a USB battery charging current up to 900mA. This speeds the charging rate without exceeding the 500mA input current limit mandated by the USB standard. In addition, the bq24150 significantly reduces power dissipation, as compared to linear charging, making it ideal for high-performance, ultra-space constrained applications.

The device's USB-friendly boot-up sequence allows the charge IC to boot autonomously, which helps replenish deeply discharged batteries. The bq24150 also features input current sensing and offers multiple programmable charge parameters through an I?C communications interface.

"USB charging continues to grow in popularity, primarily driven by the standardization of a mini-USB 5V connector interface, the reduced use of inefficient AC/DC adapters and implementation of new Chinese charging specifications," said Masoud Beheshti, manager of TI's battery charge management products. "With billions of USB power ports installed in portable devices worldwide, incorporating TI's new high-efficiency switching charger not only allows for quickly re-charging a battery from a USB port, it significantly reduces the amount of heat dissipation when chargingpotentially saving consumers millions of watts per year."

The bq24150 charger is available in volume today from TI and its authorized distributors. The device comes in a 20-ball, 2mm x 2mm chip-scale package. Suggested resale pricing in 1,000-piece quantities is $2. Evaluation modules of the bq24150, design application notes and TI's easy-to-use online power management selection tool are available through

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