Ricoh Electronic Devices Co., Ltd. in Japan has launched the RP604 Buck-Boost DC/DC Converter, designed to use in wearable devices, applications for Internet of Things (IoT) and wireless communications modules requiring a low level of current consumption to extend battery life. In order to reduce valuable circuit board space, the product requires only three external components and has an option to select from two packages.
The RP604 is particularly well suited when a supply voltage is required and located somewhere in between the voltage level of a fully charged and fully discharged battery. At a certain moment the DC/DC Converter switches over from Buck to Boost mode automatically in order to maintain the output voltage setting. The RP604 is designed for applications that are mainly in sleep mode and wake-up periodically to perform a measurement, transmit data and then return to sleep mode. For these type of applications, the current consumption in sleep mode should remain as low as possible. The RP604 has an impressive low quiescent current and consumes only 300 nA, prolonging battery life or makes it possible for the designer to select a smaller sized battery for the application.
The RP604 is able to provide up to 300 mA in Buck mode whilst in Boost mode the output current is less and related to the input voltage level.
Multiple protection circuits are integrated, including an Under Voltage Lock-Out circuit which disables the DC/DC Converter in case the input voltage drops below a minimum threshold. A soft-start circuit controls the output voltage to ramp-up smoothly and prevents any output overshoot and undershoot during the start-up period. The Lx current limit circuit prevents the peak current through the inductor to exceed a specific maximum current threshold. An output overvoltage protection which turns off both the P-channel and N-channel MOSFETs and thermal protection, shutting down the IC in case the junction temperature increases above 140ºC.
The RP604 has an optional auto-discharge function, which rapidly discharges the output capacitor once the chip is disabled by the CE pin. As for the available packages, one can select from a small sized WLCSP-20-P2 and DFN(PLP)2730-12.