07 June 2011 Solar charger enables longer battery life A new battery charging IC has been unveiled by STMicroelectronics. The SPV1040 is a step up dc/dc converter with an input voltage range of between 0.3 and 5.5V. It is designed to increase charging efficiency and enable longer runtime in mobile equipment. The device is optimised for portable applications to employ Maximum Power Point Tracking, a technique for collecting the maximum possible energy from solar cells. According to ST, it can be connected to strips of even just a few cells and is suitable for use in portable healthcare devices, calculators, wireless headsets and mobile phones. The SPV1040 features an integrated low loss synchronous rectifier, a shutdown pin to aid system level power management and a power switch. ST claims it offers up to 95% efficiency. Author Laura Hopperton Comment on this article Websites http://www.st.com Companies STMicroelectronics NV This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. Enjoy this story? People who read this article also read... Alternative back-up power With outdoor events like concerts, events and festivals now ... Read Article NIDays 2013 NIDays is a technical conference designed specifically for ... Read Article Southern Manufacturing This year, Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is set to be ... Read Article Microcontrollers deliver ... Microchip has launched what it describes as the 'world's lowest ... Read Article What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email Comments Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published. Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.