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ST’s High-Voltage Converter Caters Power-Efficiency in IoT and Industry 4.0 Applications

STMicroelectronics high-voltage power converter

STMicroelectronics introduces a high-voltage power converter that is touted to allow designers to build an ultra-low-consumption, simple, and cost-effective SMPS (Switched-Mode Power Supply) with a 5V output voltage.

Designed for low-power applications in home appliances, building, lighting, and motion control, as well as small industrial and consumer applications, the VIPER01 is known to operate directly from a rectified mains supply and integrates an 800V avalanche-rugged Power MOSFET with PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) current-mode control and multiple protection circuits. The converter is also said to provide the auxiliary supply to microcontrollers in IoT devices that are permanently connected to the Internet or a local network.

Key Nuggets of the new rollout:

  • 800 V avalanche-rugged Power MOSFET allowing ultra-wide VAC input range;
  • Embedded HV start-up and sense-FET;
  • Current mode PWM controller;
  • Drain current limit protection;
  • Wide supply-voltage range from 4.5V to 30V;
  • Self-supply option allows auxiliary winding or bias components to be removed;
  • Jittered switching frequency reduces the EMI filter cost;
  • Embedded error amplifier with 1.2V reference voltage;
  • Protections with automatic restart include overload/short-circuit, line or output OVP, maximum duty cycle counter, VCC clamp;
  • Embedded thermal shutdown;
  • Built-in soft-start for improved system reliability.

Extending ST’s proprietary BCD (Bipolar-CMOS-DMOS) technology, the new device is the second-gen of the VIPerPlus family of high-voltage converters.

Additionally, the VIPER01 enables designers to meet the most stringent energy-saving standards, as it has very low power consumption and switches automatically to pulse frequency modulation under light load conditions.

Key applications also include fly-back, buck, and buck-boost converter topologies, while the integrated high-voltage start-up, sense-FET, error amplifier, and oscillator with jitter allow a complete application to be designed with the minimum number of external components.

The VIPER01 comes with a set of tools including evaluation kits, application notes, and spice models to jumpstart more robust, safer, and cost-effective SMPS designs.

Availability and Pricing

VIPER01 is available now in volume at a price of US$ 0.364 for 1,000 units.

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