Phone chargers get a star

10 March 2009

LinkSwitch-II primary-side-controlled offline switcher ICs
LinkSwitch-II primary-side-controlled offline switcher ICs

Primary-side-controlled offline switcher ICs get a new member.

A new power supply IC has been developed by Power Integrations which claims to deliver lowest BOM cost for mobile phone chargers. Power Integrations expanded its LinkSwitch-II product family with the introduction of LNK632DG. Designed for applications with up to 3.1 W of output, the new device enables manufacturers to meet all worldwide energy-efficiency and no-load regulations for low-power chargers and adapters, such as ENERGY STAR(R) EPS v2.0.

Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and LG Electronics recently launched the star-rating system. Ratings for no-load energy consumption range from five stars for the most advanced chargers consuming just 30 mW in no load mode down to zero stars for units consuming the most energy, making it easy for consumers to compare and choose the most energy-efficient chargers.

Furthermore, the LNK632DG enables the industry's lowest BOM cost for mobile phone chargers designed to achieve a five-star efficiency rating with no-load power consumption of 30 mW or less. It also claims to cut the cost of USB chargers and LED light bulb designs by eliminating the need for clamping circuitry, therefore reducing component count.

The LinkSwitch-II product family was introduced to simplify the design of accurate-output CV/CC converters by eliminating the need for optocouplers and all secondary-side CV/CC control circuitry, as well as all control-loop compensation circuitry. The original LinkSwitch-II devices achieve output CV and CC tolerances of ±5% and ±10%, respectively. The newer LNK632 part relaxes the CC specification to ±18% while increasing the system power output by operating in continuous conduction mode. Accuracies are achieved over a 0-100°C temperature range by incorporating precision-enhancing features that compensate for transformer inductance tolerances, input line variations and external component temperature variations. All LinkSwitch-II devices offer frequency jittering to greatly reduce EMI filter costs.

Doug Bailey, vice president of marketing at Power Integrations said, "PI's new LNK632DG power supply IC will enable cellphone charger manufacturers in the sub-three-watt bracket, including the China-charger specification and other USB charger designs, to trim component count by up to nine parts - reducing cost while still achieving the coveted five-star rating."

The LNK632DG includes protection and safety features including auto-restart, output short-circuit protection, and hysteretic thermal shutdown. IEC 60950-1 HV creepage requirements are met between the drain pin and other pins, and all single-point failures are safely handled.

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