iWatt digital PWM IC cuts component count in appliances, motor control, smart meters

iwattlogoLos Gatos, Calif. — iWatt, Inc., a developer of energy-efficient digital power supply control integrated circuits (ICs) used in power supplies, has entered the industrial market with a 800-volt (V) primary-side regulated AC/DC digital PWM IC. The iW1810 AC/DC digital PWM IC integrates an 800-V bipolar power transistor as well as other features to save external components and ensure high efficiency, said iWatt.

The iW1810, iWatt’s first IC designed for the industrial market, protects rugged offline power supplies for household appliances, motor control, and smart meters from high-line surge voltage while maintaining better than 5-percent output voltage regulation and consuming less than 100 mW in standby mode. With an integrated high-voltage power transistor and the high 64-kHz switching frequency to reduce the size of the transformer and capacitors, designers can fit up to 3-W power supplies into 25 x 25 x 15-mm form factors using only 21 components, said iWatt.

Based on the company’s proprietary digital control technology, the iW1810 simplifies printed circuit board (PCB) design and significantly reduces bill-of-material (BOM) costs by reducing the number of EMI filter components, and eliminating the opto-coupler and secondary-side shunt reference commonly used for isolation, said iWatt.

The IC is rated at up to 3-W output power with universal AC input. Digital feedback and control allows better than +2 percent output voltage regulation in typical isolated power supply designs with primary-side regulation. The internal 800-V bipolar power transistor protects power supplies from high offline voltage spikes in noisy industrial applications, and also generates less EMI compared to a power MOSFET due to slower switching slew rates, according to the company.

The iW1810 operates in quasi-resonant mode for low EMI and high efficiency. iWatt’s proprietary EZ-EMIR technology increases EMI margin, up to 10dB, reducing the number and size of EMI filter components necessary to meet regulatory standards, according to the company. Adaptive multi-mode PWM/PFM control also flattens efficiency curves without causing audible noise. Safety features include over-voltage, short-circuit, and current sense resistor short-circuit protection.

The AC/DC products use digital algorithms to replace traditional analog control. iWatt says the patented adaptive digital control technology delivers size, cost and efficiency improvements, and lowers standby power to previously unattainable levels.

Power supplies designed with the iW1810 are compliant with worldwide regulatory standards such as EN55022B, CISPR22B, Energy Star, CEC, and ECC, as well as safety standards such as UL1950 and IEC950.

The chip comes in a standard SO-8 package with high creepage distance between the high-voltage power transistor collector pin and the adjacent low-voltage pin to comply with industry-wide safety requirements.

Pricing: Available now for $0.34 in quantities of 10,000.
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