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Date: 05-07-22

ST's new chip ST-ONE pairs with GaN FET to save power

STMicroelectronics' new  fully integrated controller chip for smart chargers, called ST-ONE pairs with ST’s MasterGaN power output modules based on advanced gallium-nitride (GaN) semiconductor technology to increase energy efficiency in a wide range of ac-dc power supply adapters, fully compliant with USB-PD 3.1, including laptop and smartphone chargers and make them smaller in size.

“If every power adapter achieved at least 1% higher efficiency, which is possible using the ST-ONE energy-recovery circuit design, the world could save about 93 terawatt-hours of energy, equivalent to the output of 15 nuclear plants,” commented Domenico Arrigo, Industrial and Power Conversion Division General Manager, STMicroelectronics. “In addition, if one billion chargers worldwide were to use our technology, 0.2 million tons of plastics and raw materials could be saved.”

ST says the reduction in consumption of materials such as plastics is achieved with the increase in so-called power density that enables smaller components to manage a larger power delivery. A high power density also cuts down recycling and environmental costs.

ST’s reference design, EVLONE65W, enables a 65-Watt USB-C adapter of the same size and weight (less than 70g in a 37cm3) of a standard 20-Watt smartphone charger to handle the demands of charging a laptop. This unit achieves the world’s highest power density, packing more than 1.8 Watts of power per cubic centimetre.

Further technical information as shared by ST:

ST-ONE is optimized for designs based on a novel non-complementary active-clamp flyback topology, which allows high power, above 65W, with higher efficiency than other topologies such as the quasi-resonant flyback.

It is the world’s first digital controller to integrate a programmable offline power-supply controller based on Arm® Cortex®-M0+ core, a high voltage start-up circuit, a synchronous-rectification controller, and USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) circuitry in one package.

The ST-ONE contains all the peripherals required to control the conversion. USB-PD communication is implemented on the secondary side and reinforced galvanic isolation is provided to let the primary and the secondary side circuits communicate while respecting safety requirements.

Also using the MasterGaN integrated power stage with advanced wide-bandgap transistors and optimized drivers, adapters operate at elevated switching frequencies and thus permit smaller-size magnetic components to maximize power density.

The ST-ONE comes with 64kByte of embedded flash for designers to customize both the USB-PD protocol and the power-conversion stage.

The ST-ONE controller comes with USB-PD 3.1 PPS certified firmware pre-loaded into the flash memory, presenting users with a turnkey solution for designing standard applications.

ST-ONE is in production and available now, in a SSOP36 package, from $3.70 for orders of 1000 pieces.

To know more visit www.st.com/st-one

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