ISL9120 High Efficiency Buck-Boost Regulator

Added on July 06, 2015
Learn how the ISL9120 high efficiency buck-boost regulator offers designers the flexibility and performance they need when designing wearables.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Gaurav Mital. I'm an applications engineer for the Intersil's mobile power product line. Today I'm gonna be talking about a new power product solution which is going to be a good fit for wearables and mobile systems.

Wearables are becoming very popular and system designers are being constantly challenged to create solutions which are smaller, more efficient and cost effective, and Intersil is committed to be a leader in providing solutions for these products.

A typical power solution for a wearable device uses three DC/DC regulators and three to five LDOs depending on the number of applications. As you can see, Intersil's existing power solutions caters to all blocks but we identified a couple of opportunities where using a buck-boost can be more efficient.

How does the buck-boost add value to the system? A lithium-ion battery voltage varies from 4.2 volts down to 2.7. For a system which requires 3.3 volts, a buck-boost regulator helps in utilizing broader range of the battery.

Also, multiple applications in the mobile are powered by the LDOs like the Wi-Fi and the LCD module which gives buck-boost an edge as it provides better efficiency in these conditions.

When the VBAT is near 3.3 volts, a burst current can cause local node voltage to droop to 2.7 volts which may shut down the application and this can also be avoided by using a buck-boost regulator.

I'm excited to share that Intersil has developed a new compact, highly efficient, low powered buck-boost regulator ideal for wearable and hand-held applications, the ISL9120.

The ISL9120 operates from 1.8 volts to 5.5 volts. The output voltage is adjustable from 1 volt to 5.2 volts which provides flexibility to cover a variety of design needs. The adaptive PFM operation helps in getting excellent efficiency and low output ripple. This part is capable of delivering 800 milliamp current with 2.5 volts in and 3.3 volts out. It is offered in a 1.4 millimeter by 1.4 millimeter chip scale package.

The ISL9120 offers excellent efficiency for both low load and high load conditions. The adaptive PFM operation helps in attaining up to 98% efficiency at higher loads and more than 86% at lower load conditions. This ensures less power drain and less heat build up which extends the battery life and saves board space by eliminating the need for external heat sinks.

During a systems stay alive condition where regulation is not a must, the power can be put in force bypass mode in which the power consumption reduces to ultra low quiescent current of less than 0.5 microamps. As the part is only 1.4 by 1.4 millimeter, the overall solution size is very small. This helps in getting a very competitive price solution.

The 98% efficiency, low power consumption and ultra small PCB footprint, the ISL9120 simplifies design and extends battery life. The wide input and output voltage range provides flexibility to cover a variety of design needs.

To order samples, eval boards or download a data sheet, please visit www.intersil.com/products/isl9120. Thank you for watching.