Battery Charger offers programmable charge current to 1 A.

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Standalone Model LTC4061 charges 4.2 and 4.4 V float voltage Li-Ion batteries with ±0.5% and ±0.35% accuracy, respectively. It features thermistor interface for temperature qualified charging, and adjustable timer as backup charge termination. I/O pins report state-of-charge during trickle, normal, and end-of-charge modes. Thermal regulation circuit keeps junction temperature at safe level, and SmartStart(TM) eliminates unnecessary re-charge cycles.



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100mA to 1A Li-Ion Charger in 9mm² with Advanced Safety, I/O and Charge Termination



Milpitas, CA - January 18, 2005 - Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC4061, a compact standalone linear 1-cell Li-Ion battery charger with advanced features to improve charging safety, simplify charge termination and status reporting and prolong battery life. For safety, the LTC4061 is equipped with a thermistor interface for temperature qualified charging, an adjustable timer as a backup charge termination, and precision float voltage to prevent overcharging of the cell. To eliminate the risk of overheating while charging at maximum rate, a patented thermal regulation circuit keeps the LTC4061's junction temperature at a safe level. Moreover, I/O pins report the state-of-charge during trickle, normal and end-of-charge modes as well as indicate the presence of an AC adapter or faulty battery. The LTC4061 prolongs battery life by eliminating unnecessary re-charge cycles with its SmartStart(TM) feature. The IC offers four methods for charge termination: user adjustable current and time, external digital control or automatic C/10. The LTC4061 is housed in a 3mm x 3mm DFN package and is ideal for charging a battery from a wall adapter or USB in MP3 players, digital cameras, PDAs and cell phones.

The LTC4061 can charge both 4.2V and the new 4.4V float voltage Li-Ion batteries with ±0.5% and ±0.35% accuracy, respectively. It requires no external sense resistor, MOSFET or blocking diode, greatly simplifying design. In addition, the LTC4061 includes a soft-start circuit to minimize the inrush current at the start of a charge cycle. For USB powered charging, the logic pin from a USB controller can select the charge current, eliminating dependence on external discrete components. After a battery is fully charged, the LTC4061 enters a standby mode. Because frequent re-charge cycles decrease battery capacity and shorten battery life, the SmartStart feature starts re-charging the battery only if the battery voltage drops below 4.1V. This feature reduces the number of unnecessary charge cycles, prolonging battery life. At any point in the charge cycle, the LTC4061 can be shutdown, limiting battery drain current to less than 2uA.

The LTC4061 is offered in a 10-lead 3mm x 3mm DFN package. 1,000-piece price starts at $1.95.

Summary of Features: LTC4061
Standalone Charger with Charge Current Programmable to 1A
Charges Single Cell Li-Lon Batteries Directly from USB Port
Preset Charge Voltages of 4.2V and 4.4V
Thermistor Input for Temperature Qualified Charging
Power Supply Present Logic Output
Thermal Regulation Maximized Charging Rate without Risk of Overheating
SmartStart Feature Prolongs Battery Life

Company Background
Linear Technology Corporation was founded in 1981 as a manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits. Linear Technology products include high performance amplifiers, comparators, voltage references, monolithic filters, linear regulators, DC-DC converters, battery chargers, data converters, communications interface circuits, RF signal conditioning circuits, and many other analog functions. Applications for Linear Technology's high performance circuits include telecommunications, cellular telephones, networking products such as optical switches, notebook and desktop computers, computer peripherals, video/multimedia, industrial instrumentation, security monitoring devices, high-end consumer products such as digital cameras and MP3 players, complex medical devices, automotive electronics, factory automation, process control, and military and space systems.

Worldwide Contacts
North America
John Hamburger
Tel: (408) 432-1900 ext. 2419
jhamburger@linear.com

Doug Dickinson
Tel: (408) 432 1900 ext. 2233
ddickinson@linear.com

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