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Dialog Semiconductor Announces Most Powerful Integrated Power Managemnt IC For ARM Quad-Core Application Processors
By: Business Wire
Nov. 8, 2012 03:05 AM
Dialog Semiconductor plc (FWB: DLG), a provider of highly integrated power management, audio and short range wireless technologies, announces the most powerful and most integrated configurable power management IC (PMIC) for ARM(R) quad-core and dual-core application processors. The DA9063 can deliver up to 12A from its six DC/DC converters, 24% more than its nearest rivals. It simultaneously powers the processor (the core at up to 5A plus other processor supplies), external memories, wireless communications (WLAN and Bluetooth), GPS and FM receivers, and data modems. The DC/DC converters can be paralleled to provide 3A and 5A rails. This means that the PMIC is scalable and adaptable for different system requirements in smartphones, tablets and embedded applications. It comes in an 8 x 8mm BGA package that facilitates simple routing, allowing low-cost, 2-layer PCBs to be used for some designs.
The DA9063 has 11 SmartMirror(TM) LDOs, 16 GPIOs and two rail switches, in addition to the six main DC/DC outputs. Any start up sequence, output voltage and DVC ramps can be programmed, giving unprecedented opportunities for designers to minimise their system energy consumption. For example, the application can be completely powered down and started again under the DA9063's supervisory function. The PMIC further maximises battery life by providing dynamic voltage scaling (DVS), something that is not available with discrete solutions. Furthermore, its multimode buck converter runs at 3MHz switching frequency, enabling inductors just 1mm high to be utilised, while maintaining the high peak current.
The wide supply range of 2.7V to 5.5V enables the use of single cell lithium-ion batteries as well as a standard 5V supply or a USB power supply. This is especially important for non-mobile systems.
The operating temperature range is -40 to +85 degrees C. The device is available now.
Note to editors: Dialog Semiconductor creates highly integrated, mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) optimised for personal portable, low energy short-range wireless, lighting, display and automotive applications. The company provides flexible and dynamic support, world-class innovation and the assurance of dealing with an established business partner. With its focus and expertise in energy efficient system power management, and with a technology portfolio including audio, short range wireless and VoIP technology, Dialog brings decades of experience to the rapid development of ICs for personal portable applications including Smartphones, Tablet PCs, digital cordless and gaming applications. Dialog's power management processor companion chips are essential for enhancing both the performance in terms of extended battery lifetime and the consumers' multimedia experience. With world-class manufacturing partners, Dialog operates a fabless business model. Dialog Semiconductor plc is headquartered near Stuttgart with a global sales, R&D and marketing organisation. In 2011, it had approximately $527 million in revenue and was one of the fastest growing European public semiconductor companies. It currently has approximately 760 employees. The company is listed on the Frankfurt (FWB: DLG) stock exchange and is a member of the German TecDax index.
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