Tiny Torex DC/DC Converter

November 20, 2014 | 01:19
Tiny Torex DC/DC Converter
Tiny Torex DC/DC Converter

This tiny step-down converter chip measuring just 2.5 x 2.0 x 1.0 mm contains an integrated coil and can handle an output current up to 1 A. The XCL210/XCL220 are a new family of step-down micro DC/DC converters which have been specifically designed to minimize unwanted EMI emissions. This makes them particularly suited for use in small-scale RF applications. The design shows good efficiency and stable output with a peak ripple voltage of less than 10 mV.

According to Torex the use of an integrated coil has significant advantages; it produces less radiated electrical noise across the entire spectrum and simplifies the board layout process as well as reducing its PCB footprint. The output voltage can be internally set within the range of 0.8 V to 3.6 V in 50 mV steps and maintains an accuracy of ±2.0%. The XCL219 uses fixed frequency PWM control while the XCL220 has automatic PWM/PFM switching control to give it fast response, low ripple and high efficiency over its full load range.

The devices use Torex’s Constant ON Time architecture to give fast load transient response performance. HiSAT-COT also produces lower oscillator frequency variation against changes in load and input voltage level when compared to traditional COT control architectures. The regulators operate with an input voltage range from 2.5 V to 5.5 V and use 25 µA no load.

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