Ultra Low Power, Class-D Audio Amplifier

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  • Filterless digital input, mono differential output Class-D amplifier with 3-level Σ-Δ modulation optimized for headphone drive
  • Operates from single 1.8 V supply
  • 80 mW output power, 16 Ω load at <0.1% THD + N
  • 2.57 μV rms noise, 113 dB A weighted signal-to-noise ratio and dynamic range
  • 0.003% THD + N at 30 mW, 1 kHz output 32 Ω load
  • I2C control with up to 4 pin selectable addresses or standalone operation
  • Multiple serial data formats
    • TDM, I2S, or left justified slave
    • PDM input operating from 2.8224 MHz to 12.288 MHz
  • Support sample rates from 8 kHz to 768 kHz
  • 3.9 μs latency with 6 MHz PDM input
  • Flexible digital gain adjustment
  • DC blocking high-pass filter with programmable corner frequency
  • 1.55 mW typical idle power in high performance mode
  • Low power modes for reduced power consumption
  • Flexible output gain limiter and clipping
  • Auto power-down feature with zero digital input
  • Short-circuit protection
  • Pop and click suppression
  • User-selectable ultralow EMI emissions mode
  • Power-on reset
  • 1.8 V PVDD supply
  • 1.2 V to 1.8 V IOVDD supply
  • 11-ball, 0.984 mm × 1.444 mm, 0.35 mm pitch WLCSP
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The SSM6515 is a fully integrated, high efficiency, mono Class-D audio amplifier with digital input that is ideally suited for use in wireless headphones. The application circuit requires few external components and operates from a 1.8 V (PVDD) supply and a 1.2 V to 1.8 V (IOVDD) supply. With 1.8 V signaling, these can be shared. It can deliver 85 mW of continuous output power into a 16 Ω load with <1% total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD + N).

The SSM6515 features a high efficiency, low noise modulation scheme that requires no external inductor/capacitor (LC) output filters. This scheme continues to provide high efficiency even at very low output power resulting in battery life savings compared to conventional headphone amplifiers. The device operates with > 90% efficiency at 55 mW into a 16 Ω load and it has a signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 113 dB, A weighted. Spread spectrum, stable common-mode pulse density modulation provides a much lower electromagnetic interference (EMI) radiated emissions compared with other Class-D architectures.

The digital input eliminates the need of an external digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The SSM6515 has a micropower shutdown mode with a typical shutdown current of 6 μA at the 1.8 V PVDD supply and can automatically power down with no input. The device also includes pop and click suppression circuitry that minimizes voltage glitches at the output during turn on and turn off. Inputs support various serial audio formats, including I2S, time division multiplexing (TDM), and pulse density modulation (PDM).

The SSM6515 is designed to operate with an I2C control interface or in standalone mode and specified over the temperature range of −40°C to +85°C. The device has built-in output short-circuit protection. The SSM6515 is available in a halide free, 11-ball, 0.984 mm × 1.444 mm, 0.35 mm pitch wafer-level chip scale package (WLCSP).


  • Wireless headphones
  • Active noise canceling headphones
  • Smartphone earpiece speakers
  • Hearing assistance devices
  • Portable electronics
Part Models 2
1ku List Price Starting From $1.68

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Evaluating the SSM6515 Ultra Low Power, Class-D Audio Amplifier



Evaluating the SSM6515 Ultra Low Power, Class-D Audio Amplifier

Evaluating the SSM6515 Ultra Low Power, Class-D Audio Amplifier

Product Detail

The EVAL-SSM6515Z provides access to all analog and digital inputs/outputs on the SSM6515.

The SSM6515 amplifier is controlled by Analog Devices, Inc., SigmaStudio® software, which interfaces to the EVAL-SSM6515Z via a USB connection. The EVAL-SSM6515Z can be powered by the USB bus or by a single 3.8 V to 5 V supply. These supplies are regulated to the voltages required on the EVAL-SSM6515Z. The printed circuit board (PCB) is a 4-layer design, with a ground plane and a power plane on the inner layers. The EVAL-SSM6515Z contains 0.1 in. pitch male headers for connecting to external speakers. The minimum speaker load must be 8 Ω. The EVAL-SSM6515Z consists of two SSM6515s for evaluating the stereo headphone output.

For full details on the SSM6515, see the SSM6515 data sheet, which must be consulted in conjunction with this user guide when using the EVAL-SSM6515Z.

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