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TI Power Management Chip Extends Battery Life in Multimedia Devices

April 02, 2006 by Jeff Shepard

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced today a buck-boost power management integrated circuit (IC) that helps extend battery life in smart phones, digital still cameras and other single-cell, lithium-ion (Li-ion) powered multimedia devices. The dc-dc converter delivers up to 96 percent efficiency over an input voltage range of 1.8 V to 5.5 V, while generating an output current up to 1.2A.

"Portable designers continue to face an uphill battle when it comes to getting more out of their battery," said Dave Heacock, vice president of TI's portable power management business. "Texas Instruments continues to work closely with the top 3G wireless handset, digital still camera and other portable electronics makers to ensure they are maximizing all of the potential energy in a Li-ion battery and meet consumers' appetites for extended battery life."

TI's new TPS63000 buck-boost converter provides up to 28 percent greater run-time compared to a standard high-efficiency buck converter with a 3.3V output, from a 3 x 3 mm QFN package. Based on a fixed frequency, pulse-width modulation technique, the device uses synchronous rectification to maintain high efficiency to support today's single-cell Li-ion powered multimedia devices.

Efficiently delivering step-up and step-down dc-dc conversion with adjustable output voltages down to 1.2V, the device offers a low quiescent current of less than 30 µA. The TPS63000 enters a power save mode at low power operation, which can be disabled, forcing the converter to operate at a fixed switching frequency. The converter also can be disabled to minimize battery drain. During shutdown, the load is completely disconnected from the battery.

The TPS63000 is available in volume production from TI and its authorized distributors. Suggested retail pricing is $2.75 in 1,000 piece quantities.