ROHM's New DC/DC Converter Featuring the Industry’s Lowest Current Consumption

Original Nano Energy technology enables long-term operation for up to 10 years on a single coin battery

Santa Clara, California, UNITED STATES

Kyoto and Santa Clara, Calif., March 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ROHM has recently announced the availability of a DC/DC converter with integrated MOSFET that achieves the lowest* current consumption in the industry, making it ideal for compact battery-driven devices in applications such as IoT, wearables, and portable equipment.

In recent years, the number of battery-driven portable devices such as smartphones, wearables, and IoT has risen dramatically. This increases the demand for smaller components that can provide greater design flexibility along with the necessary space for integrating new features while also achieving lower power consumption to prolong battery life.

The BD70522GUL is an ultra-low current consumption converter designed to meet the needs of the IoT market to deliver 10-year operation on a single coin battery. Nano Energy technology, developed utilizing industry-leading analog expertise in circuit design, layout, and processes, has allowed ROHM to deliver an unprecedented current consumption of just 180nA (nano→10-9). This makes it possible to increase battery drive time by 1.4x over conventional products when operating without a load (standby), contributing to longer battery life in electronic devices powered by coin-type batteries (i.e. CR2025). At the same time, power conversion efficiency greater than 90% is achieved over the industry’s widest range, from light to max. loads (10uA to 500mA).

Both the BD70522GUL and its evaluation board (BD70522GUL-EVK-101) will be available for purchase through online distributors.

ROHM will be exhibiting this breakthrough technology at APEC 2018, the premiere event in applied power electronics (for more information, click here).
APEC 2018
Dates: March 4-8, 2018
Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas
Booth number: #709
About: APEC (Applied Power Electronics Conference) focuses on the practical and applied aspects of the power electronics business.

The BD70522GUL
Availability: Now
Pricing: $1.07 /unit (1,000 pcs)

The BD70522GUL-EVK-101
Availability: Now
Pricing: $43.75 /board

Key Features
The newly developed BD70522GUL ultra-low current consumption buck power supply IC meets the growing demand in the IoT market to support 10-year battery life on a single coin-type battery by taking advantage of the following features.
1. Industry-low 180nA current consumption – achieved utilizing proprietary Nano Energy technology
Utilizing Nano Energy, an original technology created by leveraging original low-current analog technologies covering control circuitry, analog element layout optimized for the power supply IC, and 0.35um BiCDMOS power processes, made it possible to achieve a breakthrough current consumption of 180nA.
As a result, in the case of no-load (standby) operation battery life can be extended by 1.4x over conventional solutions. (ROHM study)

2. High efficiency over a wide range of load currents
In addition to the low-loss MOSFET, a Seamless Switching Mode Control (SSMC) function is built in that smoothly and automatically switches the load mode based on load current, allowing ROHM to develop a DC/DC converter capable of delivering a power conversion efficiency of more than 90% over the industry’s widest load range (10uA to 500mA) – while consuming less than 1uA.
This contributes longer battery life in a wide range of devices and applications.

Nano Energy Technology
Breakthrough ultra-low current consumption technology developed by combining ROHM’s vertically integrated production system with analog expertise covering circuit design, layout, and processes. This enables long-term driving using smaller batteries in portable devices, including wearables, smartphones, and IoT.

• Wearables and portable devices
• Compact battery-driven IoT (i.e. sensors nodes) and industrial equipment (e.g. alarms, electronic shelf labels)

Evaluation Board
Availability:  January 2018
Evaluation Board P/N: BD70522GUL-EVK-101
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About ROHM Semiconductor
ROHM Semiconductor is an industry leader in system LSI, discrete components and module products, utilizing the latest in semiconductor technology. ROHM's proprietary production system, which includes some of the most advanced automation technology, is a major factor in keeping it at the forefront of the electronic component manufacturing industry. In addition to its development of electronic components, ROHM has also developed its own production system so that it can focus on specific aspects of customized product development. ROHM employs highly skilled engineers with expertise in all aspects of design, development and production. This allows ROHM the flexibility to take on a wide range of applications and projects and the capability to serve valuable clients in the automotive, telecommunication and computer sectors, as well as consumer OEMs.


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