Buck Regulator offers 6 MHz operation for portable devices.

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Available in 1.3 x 0.9 mm, 0.6 mm high wafer-level chip-scale package, ADP2121, 500 mA regulator requires just 2 small capacitors and one inductor. Device automatically transitions to low quiescent current power-save mode during light-load conditions and operates at input voltages ranging from 2.3-5.5 V, suitable for Li-Ion, Li-Ion polymer cell, and multiple alkaline/NiMH cell applications. Fixed output voltage options are available at 1.8, 1.82, 1.85, and 1.875 V.

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Analog Devices Shrinks High-Frequency DC-to-DC Regulators with Industry's Smallest-in-Class Solution

ADI's new 6-MHz ADP2121 buck regulator is an ultra-small, cost-effective solution for space-constrained portable devices.

Norwood, MA (11/17/2008) - Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal-processing applications, is introducing the industry's smallest 500-mA buck regulator, the first of a family of high-frequency 6-MHz dc-to-dc regulators. As the smallest in the 500-mA class, the ADP2121 is available in a 1.3 mm - 0.9 mm wafer level chip scale package (WLCSP) with a razor-thin height of 0.6 mm. The device requires only two small capacitors and one small inductor, resulting in a 35-percent reduction in PCB area compared with current 3-MHz buck regulator solutions. The ADP2121 delivers exceptional efficiency and performance, providing system designers with a cost-effective, ultra-small power management solution for portable applications for which board space and battery life are critical, such as thin smart phones, GPS and camera modules, portable disk drives and media players.

Superior Transient Performance and Enhanced Efficiency

With its high-speed proprietary architecture, the ADP2121 buck regulator delivers superior transient performance even with very small 4.7 µF output capacitors.

"It can be a challenge to use new space-saving 0402 (0.04 in - 0.02 in) output capacitors for high-performance point-of-load dc-to-dc applications where the load can toggle between heavy and light operation," said Arcadio Leon, marketing director for portable power products, Analog Devices. "The ADP2121 was designed specifically for these types of applications, offering excellent transient performance and overall accuracy even in these difficult conditions."

The ADP2121 also features the lowest-in-class FET on resistance, which helps to maintain the peak efficiency above 90 percent. The device automatically transitions to a low quiescent current power-save mode during light load conditions, which is critical for extending the operating life of high-performance, battery-operated portable electronics.

The ADP2121 solution operates at input voltages ranging from 2.3 V to 5.5 V, meeting the requirements for single Li-Ion, Li-Ion polymer cell and multiple alkaline/NiMH cell applications. Fixed output voltage options are available at 1.8 V, 1.82 V, 1.85 V, and 1.875 V.

Availability and Pricing

Samples of the ADP2121 6-MHz buck regulator are available now in a 6-ball WLCSP. The ADP2121 is priced at $0.80 per unit in 1,000-unit quantities. For more information on the ADP2121, visit analog.com/pr/adp2121.

ADI in Power Management

Analog Devices brings world-class signal processing prowess to a portfolio of innovative power management ICs that complement high-performance signal processing functions in a wide range of portable and fixed-power applications in consumer electronics, medical equipment, industrial and instrumentation, and communications infrastructure. By supporting signal chain design requirements, such as dynamic range, transient performance, and reliability, ADI helps customers solve complex power challenges easily and quickly, differentiate their products and get to market faster. Learn more about ADI's power management solutions at www.analog.com/power.

About Analog Devices

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