Tiny 600-mA boost power module extends battery life for smartphones and tablets
July 18, 2012 // Paul Buckley
Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced what the company claims is the industry's smallest integrated step-up (boost) DC/DC power module for smartphones, tablets and other portable electronics.
The new, efficient TPS81256 MicroSiP converter integrates the inductor and input/output capacitors to achieve a solution less than 9-mm2 and sub-1 mm height, simplifying design and saving up to 50-percent more board space versus competing solutions.
Smartphone and tablet designers continue to require smaller point-of-load converters, while maintaining long battery run-time with high power conversion efficiency. The 4-MHz, 600-mA TPS81256 module supports a 5-V output with a power density of 400 mW/mm3. The device extends battery life by reducing the supply current to 43 uA during light load operation. The TPS81256 also achieves power efficiency of greater than 90 percent from an input voltage of 2.5 V to 5.5 V, enabling it to efficiently manage 3 W over a full Li-Ion battery voltage range.
TI offers the broadest range of power management integrated circuits (ICs) and modules for point-of-load designs, including step-up and step-down converters for portable and line-powered systems. These range from ultra-low power DC/DC converters with and without integrated FETs to fully integrated power solutions, such as the TPS81K, TPS82K, TPS84K and SIMPLE SWITCHER modules.
Availability and Pricing
The TPS81256 is available now in a 9-bump, 2.6-mm x 2.9-mm x 1-mm MicroSiP package suited for automated assembly by standard surface mount equipment, and is priced at $1.70 in quantities of 1,000. Designers can order the new TPS81256EVM-121 evaluation module to help speed time to market.
More information about the TPS81256 MicroSiP converter at www.ti.com/tps81256-pr-eu
Volvo shows user interface for self-driving cars
October 05, 2015
Automated driving poses specific requirements to the user interface of the cars, in particular for the transition phases ...
Volkswagen has given engineering a black eye
MEMS platforms are way to go, says Bosch's Finkbeiner
Put FPGAs in your SoCs
Daimler tests self-driving truck on public highway
Silicon Labs prevails in Cresta patent dispute
October 02, 2015
Silicon Labs has announced that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has found no patent violation by Silicon Labs ...
Machine learning for every app
Heat helps rechargeable batteries extend lifetimes
Cyber threats against cars are here to stay, experts say
- Determine Balancing Current for the LTC3305 Lead-Acid Battery Balancer
- 3 Ways to Simplify Medical Device Testing
- Thread Networking Protocol Simplifies Connecting “Things” in the Home and Beyond
- High Voltage CMOS Amplifier Enables High Impedance Sensing with a Single IC
InterviewMEMS platforms are way to go, says Bosch's Finkbeiner
In the two years since we last interviewed Stefan Finkbeiner, CEO of Bosch Sensortec, the company has taken over from STMicroelectronics as the leading global supplier of MEMS components. Here he explains ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, LabNation is giving away three of its SmartScope open source USB oscilloscopes, worth 229 Euros each, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
Successfully funded through Kickstarter last year, the SmartScope is claimed to be the world's first test equipment designed to run on multiple operating systems and platforms such as smartphones, tablets and PCs. It is powered directly from... MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.