NiMH booster delivers 400 mA for portables

Phoenix, Ariz. – ON Semiconductor’s NCP1423, the latest member of the company’s portfolio of micropower IC step-up devices, is a DC/DC switching regulator that boosts the voltage from a single nickel metal hydride (NiMH) or nickel cadmium (NiCd) cell to 1.8 volts, or two cells to 3.3 volts for portable electronic products. It delivers up to 400 milliamps for such applications as wireless optical mice and keyboards, wireless headsets, audio players, PDAs and other hand-held devices.