Renesas Electronics Corporation , a premier provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced a charging control integrated circuit (IC), the R2A20055NS, that achieves further miniaturization and safe charging control for single-cell lithium-ion batteries used in portable devices.
Used in a wide range of portable equipment, from cell phones to digital still cameras, media players, personal navigation devices, and tablet PCs, lithium-ion batteries have a high energy density and can contribute to equipment miniaturization. At the same time however, they can generate excessive heat and catch fire if they are overcharged. For this reason, JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association) has formulated guidelines stipulating that charging rates be reduced when the battery temperature is in low- or high-temperature ranges. In addition, there is an increasing need for charging portable equipment using USB bus power when connected to a personal computer by a USB cable, and for charging within the range of power that can be supplied by a USB bus.
While Renesas has focused primarily on IC products for battery chargers and digital still cameras, the company is now releasing the R2A20055NS device, which targets the full range of portable equipment in response to these market needs.
Key Features of the R2A20055NS IC
(1) Conforms to the changing profiles stipulated by JEITA
In addition to the full complement of protection features necessary for portable equipment, including battery overvoltage protection and charging timers, the new IC includes functions that implement the charging profiles stipulated by JEITA, which allow the R2A20055NS IC to implement safe charging control.
(2) Support for USB charging
The R2A20055NS IC provides control pins for each block to limit the input current. Current limit options are 100 milliamps (mA), 500 mA, or no limit; thus, it can perform battery charging according to the USB power available.
(3) Increased input pin withstand voltage
Not only do the R2A20055NS input pins have high withstand voltage of 25V, but Renesas has added new overvoltage protection functions to the input pins as well. These can protect application systems from the overshoot that occurs when a power adapter or USB cable is connected.
(4) High thermal dissipation, ultra-miniature package
The R2A20055NS IC implements the functions in a 2.0 x 2.5 millimeter (mm) ultra-miniature, high thermal dissipation, 10-pin HUSON package, and thus can contribute to further miniaturization in portable equipment.
Renesas will continue to expand its product lineup with new devices that meet a wide variety of market needs.
Pricing and Availability
Samples of the R2A20055NS IC will be available in December 2011, priced at US$1.30 per unit. Mass production is scheduled to begin in March 2012 and is expected to reach a combined volume of 300,000 units per month in April 2013. (Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.)
About Renesas Electronics America Inc.
Renesas Electronics America Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Corporation , the world's number one supplier of microcontrollers and a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, a broad range of analog and power devices, and SoC solutions. Renesas Electronics America also offers the global manufacturing capabilities and fab network of its parent company. In the Americas, Renesas Electronics America markets and sells industrial-type active-matrix LCD modules from NLT Technologies Ltd., a global leader in innovative display technologies.