Farnell extends Nordic Semiconductor offering with its first PMIC
The first power management IC (PMIC) from Nordic Semiconductor, the nPM1100, is now available from Farnell. Claimed to be the industry’s most compact PMIC, it is intended for wearable electronics, remote controls, personal medical devices and smart home sensors.
The nPM1100 can be used as a generic PMIC for any application using rechargeable Li-ion/Li-Po batteries, advised Farnell. PCB space requirements are as low as 23mm², makes it particularly well suited to be integrated into wearables, connected medical devices and projects which have limited space. No configuration software is required to operate as all settings are pin-configurable. It can be used to conserve energy in designs, and can charge small batteries while providing efficient power management in
The nPM1100-CAAA is a small form factor dedicated PMIC with a dual-mode configurable buck regulator and integrated battery charger. It is a complementary component to Nordic’s SoCs and also has over-voltage protection, low current mode and an operating range of -40 to +85 degrees C.
Farnell also offers the nPM1100 evaluation kit which does not require software to operate and is performance optimised for the PMIC with electrical connectors and physical interfaces for operation. It features switches for all selectable settings, buttons to enter and exit ship mode and connectors for batteries, USB and headers for all pins on the PMIC. The kit may be used with other development kits such as Nordic’s nRF5340-DK or it can be used to test the PMIC’s functionality with non-Nordic products. The kit also includes indicator LEDs for charge and error indication.
Nordic Semiconductor specialises in low power wireless technology with Bluetooth Low Energy solutions, complemented by ANT+, Bluetooth mesh, Thread, and Zigbee products.
Lee Turner, global head of semiconductors and single board computing at Farnell said: “We are pleased to expand our PMIC range with the latest products from Nordic Semiconductor. The . . . nPM1100 is an ideal solution to help our customers reduce energy consumption in their designs. The ability to charge small batteries and extend battery life while providing efficient power management within small, space constrained applications, such as wearables and connected medical devices, is now of critical importance.”