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TI Introduces 4A Switch Buck-Boost Converter in 60 Percent Less Board Space

April 11, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) introduced what it describes as the industry’s smallest and highest performance buck-boost converter with a 4A switch and up to 96% efficiency. The TPS63020 power management integrated circuit (IC) helps extend battery life in smartphones, portable medical equipment, DLP® pico projectors and other battery-powered multimedia devices.

The buck-boost device operates with a wide input voltage range of 1.8 to 5.5V and can discharge lithium batteries down to 2.5V or lower, while maintaining what is described as excellent light load efficiency. The single-inductor, 2.4-MHz TPS63020 converter comes in a 3 x 4 x 1mm package, and can achieve a complete dc-dc converter solution of 100 mm², more than 60% smaller than the competition.

"Designers of handheld electronics continue to try to get more out of their batteries, especially now as they add wireless connectivity with higher data rates and more features to their handheld electronics," said Steve Anderson, Senior Vice President of TI’s power management business unit. "Higher current buck-boost converters, such as the TPS63020, help manage the power in the most efficient, most effective way possible, in the smallest amount of board space."

Key features and benefits of the TPS63020 include: high output current capability allows a battery-powered device to generate the most current with the greatest amount of efficiency (for example, 3A at 3.3V in step-down mode and more than 2.0A at 3.3V in boost mode at typical conditions); dynamic input current limit effectively protects the circuit and system; Power Save Mode maintains high efficiency at light load; and supports one-cell lithium-based or 2- or 3-cell Alkaline, NiCd or NiMH batteries.

The TPS63020 converter and a 3.3V fixed output voltage version, the TPS63021, are available in volume now from TI with a suggested resale price of $2.50 in 1,000-unit quantities.