XC9140 Series

PFM Control, Step-Up Synchronous DC/DC Converter

The XC9140 series are step-up synchronous DC/DC converters that support ceramic capacitors and have an internal 0.6Ω Nch driver transistor and an internal 0.65Ω Pch synchronous rectifier switch transistor. PFM control enables a low quiescent current, making these products ideal for portable devices that require high efficiency.
When the output voltage is 3.3V and the load current is 1mA, startup from an input voltage of VIN = 0.9V is possible which means that these products can be used in applications that start using a single alkaline or nickel-metal hydride battery.

A version with a UVLO (Under Voltage Lock-out) function is also available. This function enables the prevention of battery leakage by stopping IC’s operation when the input voltage is low. The standard product has a UVLO release voltage of 1.65V, 2.15V and a custom version with a release voltage selectable from between 1.65V to 2.2V, in steps of 0.05V, is also available.

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Aug 1, 2012
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Step-up Synchronous PFM DC/DC Converter XC9140 Series

Typical Application Circuit


Input Voltage Range Operating Hold Voltage 0.7V ~ 5.5V
Start-up voltage 0.9V ~ 5.5V
Output Voltage Range Without UVLO 1.8V ~ 5.0V (±2.0%)
With UVLO 3.0V ~ 5.0V (±2.0%)
Output Current 80mA@VOUT=3.3V, VBAT=1.8V
Driver Transistor 0.6Ω(N-ch driver transistor)
0.65Ω(P-ch Switching Transistor)
Quiescent Current 6.3μA(VBAT=VOUT+0.5V)
Control Methods PFMControl
High Speed Transient 50mV@VOUT=3.3V, VBAT=1.8V, IOUT=1→100mA
PFM Switching Current 350mA
Functions Load Disconnection Function
Bypass Mode Function
Ceramic Capacitor
Operating Ambient Temperature -40℃~+85℃
Environmentally Friendly EU RoHS compliant, Pb free



Technical Document

Quality Reports


QuestionHow does the CL discharge function work?

The function rapidly releases the charge remained in the CL capacitor to make the VOUT pin voltage zero. The VOUT pin voltage does not reach zero immediately after being turned off by the CE function due to the charge remained in the connected CL capacitor. While the charge in the CL capacitor is gradually reaching zero, the LSI continues operating and does not work with the CE pin signal, which may cause a malfunction. This is why the discharge is required when turning off the CE pin. A larger capacitance of the capacitor needs longer time to be discharged.

QuestionWhat does CL mean?

Load capacitor. Other companies often refer to it as COUT.

QuestionWhat is the standby current?

The current that flows through the IC in the standby mode. The standby mode means the state where the IC has been turned off by the CE function.

QuestionWhat does the FB product mean?

An IC for which any output voltage can be set by the reference voltage of the FB pins and the external dividing resistor. The output voltage is determined by the RFB1 and RFB2 values, using the following formula: VOUT = Vref × (RFB1 + RFB2)/RFB2

QuestionHow does UVLO (under voltage lockout) work?

This circuit forcibly turns off the driver transistor when VIN drops below the UVLO voltage. If the input voltage recovers to the value which is equal to the specified value or more, UVLO will be released to resume the switching operation. It is resumed by the soft-start function. The paused state by UVLO is not the shutdown. The pulse output is stopped, but the internal circuit is operating.