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Extending battery and shelf life are critical for powering today’s shrinking devices, most of which demand ever-increasing functionality. To properly support new wearable, health-monitoring, internet of things (IoT), mobile, and other smart, connected devices, you need to master the art of low quiescent (IQ) current. The power supply’s quiescent current is the biggest contributor to a system’s standby power consumption. Lowering IQ is one of the best techniques for delivering the most efficient power and longest battery life to your designs.

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nanoPower Technology: Why It’s Smart to Lower Your IQ

Quiescent current, or IQ, is the biggest contributor to a system’s standby power consumption. Lowering quiescent current is one of the best techniques for delivering the most efficient power and longest battery life to your designs.

Longest Battery Life

Consuming less than a microamp of quiescent current with highly efficient operation, our regulators significantly reduce battery drain for longer battery life.

Smaller Solution Size

Small packages, along with smaller and fewer external components, result in up to 50% of space savings.

nanoPower Technology Meets DARWIN Microcontrollers

What do you get when you marry the crazy-low currents of nanoPower technology with smart, lean, and tough DARWIN microcontrollers? An IoT dream team. In IoT systems, all components must work together to maximize the time between battery charging or even eliminate the need to charge, all while providing years of reliable service. When you pair DARWIN microcontrollers with the nanoPower family of products, you get the longest battery life and smallest form factors.

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nanoPower uSLIC Modules


Maxim’s nanoPower technology uSLIC modules combine the benefits of nanoPower with integrated packaging technology to create modules with small footprint. These modules, available in both boost and buck configurations, boast the efficiency, quiescent current and low shutdown currents of their parent ICs, combined with the smaller footprint and accelerated time to market benefits of a uSLIC module.

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nanoPower DC-DC Regulators


nanoPower DC-DC converters deliver the industry’s smallest solution size and longest battery life for low-power devices. With the highest efficiency and lowest quiescent current, our nanoPower regulators maximize active and standby operation. Solution sizes can be reduced by up to 50% and heat dissipation is minimized with over 95% peak efficiency. This makes our nanoPower regulators ideal for small, battery operated and low power devices such as those designed for wearable, IoT and wireless applications.

nanoPower Boost Regulators

Maxim Integrated's nanoPower boost regulators deliver the industry’s smallest solution size and longest battery life for low power devices.

Consuming only 300nA of quiescent current, battery drain is significantly reduced during standby mode. Battery life is stretched with 95% peak efficiency at light loads. The pulse-frequency-modulation (PFM) control scheme with fixed on-time provides high efficiency over a wide output current range.

True Shutdown™ mode, using only 0.5nA current, eliminates the need for external switches. Higher switching frequency also means that you can use a smaller external inductor. And with a single selector resistor, you can reduce the number of external components required. As a result, our solution size can be as small as 6.75mm2 with only 4 external components.

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nanoPower Buck Regulators

Maxim Integrated’s high-efficiency nanoPower buck regulators offer the best balance of high performance, wide temperature range operation, and tiny packages. With an ultra-low quiescent current of 330nA, these regulators are perfect for portable, space-constrained consumer products where long battery life is a must.

True Shutdown mode, using only 5nA current, eliminates the need for external switches and a multi-mode operation ensures high light-load efficiency. Utilizing a single selector resistor reduces the external components required. Therefore, just like with our boost regulators, our solution size can be as small as 6.75mm2 with only 4 external components.

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nanoPower Amplifiers


Consuming only nanoamps of quiescent current, our nanoPower op amps, comparators, and current sense amplifiers enable the longest battery life. They are offered in tiny, space-saving packages. This makes our nanoPower amplifiers ideal for small, battery-operated, and low-power devices such as those designed for wearable, portable, IoT, and wireless applications.

nanoPower Op-amps

nanoPower operation amplifiers consume less than a micro amp of supply current. With tiny package options, they offer low voltage operation, rail-to-rail output capabilities, low input bias current, high open loop voltage gain, low input offset voltage, and can operate over extended temperature ranges (from -40°C up to +125°C).

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nanoPower Comparators

nanoPower comparators consume ultra-low supply current. With tiny package options, they offer low-voltage operation, internal precision references, push-pull or open-drain outputs, high RF immunity and can operate over extended temperature ranges (from over -40°C up to +125°C).

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nanoPower Current Sense Amplifiers

nanoPower high-side current-sense amplifiers also consume ultra-low quiescent supply current. With tiny packages options, they offer precision accuracy specifications, wide input common-mode voltage range, very low input offset voltage, gain options, and can operate over extended temperature ranges (from -40°C up to +85°C).

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nanoPower Microprocessor Supervisors


nanoPower microprocessor supervisors offer ultra-low quiescent current and small package options, making them ideal for wearable, portable and battery-operated equipment where space and power constraints are critical. Features include adjustable reset, watchdog timeout and manual reset input. They are available in either push-pull or open-drain output configurations and are fully specified over the -40°C to +125°C automotive temperature range.

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nanoPower Real-Time Clocks


Real-time clock (RTC) ICs are used in electronic circuits to keep track of time relative to the “real” world. Maintaining accurate time is critical, especially under periods of severe system stress or when the power of the main device is off. During these times, RTC ICs must provide robust performance and will often draw power from an auxiliary battery or supercapacitor. As expected, power consumption is a key factor in nanoPower real-time clock designs, in addition to accuracy and small package size.

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DARWIN Microcontrollers


DARWIN microcontrollers—a new breed of MCU—are built for the evolving IoT. Wearable-grade power technology means you get the lowest active mode and SRAM retention power available. Large embedded memories mean you don’t have to worry about running out of code space, SRAM, or adding another microcontroller. The massively scalable memory architecture lets you quickly scale application size or meet new market requirements. And advanced embedded security protects you—and your customers—from harm, even if you’re not a cybersecurity expert. 

So, go ahead: pack more features into your next-gen product, while keeping the same power consumption as your earlier version. Or, make a tiny, power-stingy device that will have users raving about its long-lasting performance. When nanoPower and DARWIN come together, powerful things happen.

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