STMicroelectronics has unveiled their latest power management chip aimed for AMOLED (and Super-AMOLED) display - the STOD03A. The new chip has an improved performance (compared to the STOD02). ST says that only six external components are needed to complete the power-supply circuitry, making the STOD03A the most attractive for handset builders.
The STOD03A uses highly efficient synchronous operation for both voltage outputs, achieving up to 85% overall efficiency for longer overall battery life. Other power-saving features include automatic pulse-skipping operation for low power consumption at light loads, and a true shutdown mode drawing less than one microamp activated through the enable pin (EN). ST has achieved its high performance using its Silicon-On-Insulator (SOI) technology as part of its latest-generation BCD fabrication process, which enables analog, digital and closely spaced high-power circuitry to be built on the same chip.
Key features of the STOD03A:
- 3 x 3 x 0.6mm package dimensions
- 4.6V fixed positive output voltage
- Programmable negative output voltage from -2.4V to - 5.4V
- 200mA output current
- 1.5MHz operation allowing small external components
- Enable pin to control shutdown mode
- Accurate output voltages with low cellular noise
The STOD03A is in full production now, in the 12-lead DFN12L package, priced at $0.80 for quantities of 1000. Alternative pricing options are available for larger quantities.