Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX8819A integrated power-management IC (PMIC). This device integrates a single-cell, lithium-ion (Li+)/lithium-polymer (Li-Poly) charger with proprietary Smart Power Selector circuitry that seamlessly distributes power within the system. The MAX8819A integrates three 2MHz step-down converters and one step-up converter with serial-step dimming control for powering two to six WLEDs. Offering a solution footprint of less than 90mm2 with a 1mm height, the MAX8819A is a small complete power-management solution for battery-operated devices. This device is deicated for use in portable media players, MP3 players, GPS devices, and other handheld applications.
The MAX8819A's Smart Power Selector circuitry manages power distribution between a battery, USB/AC-to-DC adapter, and system load. When a USB or AC-to-DC adapter is connected, the input power that is not used by the system load is used to charge the battery. In addition, Smart Power Selector circuitry allows the system to operate with no battery or a deeply discharged battery. The Smart Power Selector also provides thermal-limiting circuitry that reduces the battery-charge rate to prevent the charger from overheating. All necessary power switches and current-sense circuitry are included on the chip, no external MOSFETs are required. Integrating one 28V step-up and three fully synchronous, step-down switching regulators, the device offers up to 95% efficiency for the full load range to maximize standby and runtime operation. The step-down regulator's high 2MHz switching frequency allows the use of small capacitors and inductors with a low 1mm profile.
The MAX8819A is available in a thermally enhanced, space-saving, 4mm x 4mm x 0.8mm, 28-pin TQFN package that is fully specified over the -40°C to +85°C extended temperature range. Prices start at $3.65 (1000-up, FOB USA). An evaluation kit is available to speed designs.