Micrel Unveils Power Management IC for 2.5G, 3G Mobile Handsets

Micrel Inc., (Nasdaq: MCRL), an industry leader in analog, high bandwidth communications and Ethernet IC solutions, announced the MIC2807, a high performance power management IC that provides a complete RF solution for UMTS, EDGE, CDMA2000 and WCDMA handsets. The new device, housed in a tiny 2.5mm x 2.8mm MLF(R) package, provides a total of three outputs; a 2MHz buck regulator and two low noise linear regulators. The device is suitable for next generation 3G handsets as well as WiBro and WiFi applications. The MIC2807 is currently available in volume with pricing starting at $2.50 for 1K quantity.

“As cell phone providers deploy 3G networks and the mobile phone migrates from a voice centric device to a media centric one, the RF PA will be one of the highest consumers of battery life. The MIC2807 is specifically targeted at making the RF PA more efficient,” said Ralf Muenster, Micrel’s director of marketing, power products. “Besides offering an efficient power supply for the PA, the MIC2807 features two extremely low noise LDOs that are ideal for powering the RF transceiver and providing a highly accurate bias supply.”

The output voltage of the buck regulator in the MIC2807 can be dynamically adjusted with an external DAC to maximize talk time of the cell phone. By adjusting the voltage applied to the RF power amplifier, transmit power can be made to match environmental operating conditions. When close to a base station, output power can be set low, while in weak signal areas, the phone may require increased transmit power to maintain a reliable connection. In maximum power situations, the MIC2807 has a by-pass mode which connects the RF PA directly to the battery, thereby providing maximum current to the load. This internal 75mOhm bypass switch is automatically activated when the DAC control voltage exceeds a preset level.

The IC features a 2.7V to 5.5V input voltage range with a DAC-adjustable output voltage from 0.3V up to 3.6V. In PWM mode, the MIC2807 buck regulator will supply more than 600mA of output current through its fully integrated MOSFET switches. In bypass mode, it can source in excess of 1 Amp to the load. One of the linear regulators within the device can provide up to 200mA and is suitable for powering the RF transceiver while the other can source up to 30mA. Both linear regulators have a high ripple rejection of 70db at 1kHz and a low output noise of 32uVRMS typically. The MIC2807 is fully protected against output faults and extreme operating conditions by output current limiting in PWM and Bypass modes, and on-chip thermal sensing and shut-down.

About Micrel, Inc.
Micrel, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of Power, Connect and Protect IC solutions for the worldwide analog, Ethernet and high bandwidth markets. The Company’s products include advanced mixed-signal, analog and power semiconductors; high performance communication, clock management, Ethernet switch and physical layer transceiver ICs. Company customers include leading manufacturers of enterprise, consumer, industrial, mobile, telecommunications, automotive, and computer products. Corporation headquarters and state-of-the-art wafer fabrication facilities located in San Jose, CA with regional sales and support offices and advanced technology design centers situated throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. In addition, the Company maintains an extensive network of distributors and reps worldwide.

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