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Standalone Monolithic Li-Ion Battery Charger Delivers up to 2A in Compact 16mm2 Package

Apr 26 2006 - MILPITAS, CA
  • Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC4001, a 2A capable, high efficiency switchmode battery charger for single-cell 4.2V Li-Ion/Li-Polymer batteries that minimizes heat dissipation without compromising board space. Standalone operation eliminates the need for an external microprocessor for charge termination. For safety and autonomous charge control, the LTC4001 includes features such as automatic shutdown, battery preconditioning, a thermistor input for temperature-qualified charging, remote sensing, end-of-charge indication and a programmable charge termination timer. The device is intended for 5V wall adapter input power and is suited for applications including handheld medical devices, handheld computers, charging docks and cradles, digital cameras and smart phones. It may also be used with current limited wall adapters for even further reduction in power dissipation.


    The LTC4001's synchronously rectified, buck switching topology enables efficiencies as high as 90% @1.5A. Final float voltage accuracy is specified at 1% with charge current accuracy of 10%. The LTC4001's high operating frequency of 1.5MHz and current mode architecture allow the use of small inductors and capacitors, minimizing noise and filtering needs. The LTC4001 automatically enters sleep mode, dropping the battery drain current to 5uA and increasing battery run time.


    The LTC4001 is housed in a compact 16-lead, low-profile (0.75mm) 4mm × 4mm QFN package. It is guaranteed for operation from –40°C to 85°C. Pricing starts at $2.20 each in 1,000-piece quantities.


    Summary of Features: LTC4001


    • High Efficiency Current Mode PWM Switching Battery Charger
    • Charge Current up to 2A
    • 1.5MHz Switching Frequency Enables Small External Components
    • Synchronous Rectification: High Efficiency up to 90%
    • Input Supply Voltage Range: 4.0V to 5.5V
    • Compatible with Current Limited Wall Adapters Down to 2.7V Input Voltage
    • ± 1% Charge Voltage Accuracy
    • ±10% Charge Current Accuracy
    • Automatic Recharge
    • Programmable Charge Termination Timer
    • Remote Sensing at Battery Terminals
    • Compact, Low-Profile (0.75mm) 4mm × 4mm QFN-16 Package
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