STMicroelectronics’ new chip boosts energy efficiency
in consumer electronics, with potential to save almost 100 terawatt-hours worldwide
ST-ONE power-supply controller combines with ST’s MasterGaN technology in a record-breaking laptop/smartphone charger design with energy recovery
The new ST-ONE chip pairs with ST’s MasterGaN power output modules based on advanced gallium-nitride (
Although laptops provide optional power-saving settings, every machine can save even more energy if equipped with a more efficient power adapter. This improves the environmental profile and CO2 footprint. The ST-ONE chip is optimized for controlling power supplies that recover energy normally dissipated as heat from conventional circuits. It also simplifies circuit design with a significant reduction in the number of components, enabling this type of power supply to become more robust, affordable and more widely adopted throughout the market.
“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
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.
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Further technical information
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
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