With GreenPAK™, getting different voltage domains working together, efficiently and with the flexibility of programmable mixed-signal, is a snap.

Often full-featured, power-efficient systems contain subsystems with different voltage requirements. For example, a wearable may normally operate at 1.8 V, but when charging, portions of the design will operate at the USB standard 5 V. Similarly, the display may operate at a different voltage than the sensors. Often, a number of discrete passive or fixed-function level shift devices are needed to make these voltage domains work together.

The best solution for this is any GreenPAK Dual Supply part number.

GreenPAK Benefits for Level Shift

 

GreenPAK Enhances Effectiveness with Dual Supply

  • Dual Supply enables high efficiency level-shift without the need for external pull-up resistors supporting 1.8 V to 5.0 V for VDD and 1.8 V to VDD for VDD2

GreenPAK Maximizes Flexibility

  • Configurable GPIO – Pull-up/pull-down resistors, Push-Pull, Open drain, etc.
  • Flexible GPIO routing – Ensuring the least complexity in PCB routing
  • Integration of many components – Generating custom timing and logic to further eliminate external components while bridging voltage domains and signal requirements

GreenPAK Ensures System Stability

  • Zero code as implementing features in hardware ensures stability
  • Integration of many components ensuring fewer points of failure

GreenPAK Lowers Power Consumption

  • Low power consumption allows GreenPAK continuously operate without ruining power budget
 

GreenPAK Reduces Board Size

  • Being as small as 1.2 mm² it is a perfect solution for mobile and wearable electronics
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GreenPAK Benefits for Level Shift

Uni-directional

The simplest form of level-shift is uni-directional. Shifting a single direction, up or down, is easy in GreenPAK since all GPIO can be configured as inputs or outputs

Key Design Considerations

Number of Signals – GreenPAK can support up to 9 inputs/8 outputs on a single voltage domain

IO Configuration – Configurable pull-up / pull-down resistors on GreenPAK’s GPIO make communicating with any IC a snap

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Uni-directional level-shift implemented in GreenPAK

Example 1. Uni-directional level-shift implemented in GreenPAK

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Timing Diagram

Example 1. Timing Diagram

Bi-directional with Dedicated Ports

Similar to uni-directional, using GreenPAK’s configurable GPIO to dedicate specific pins or groups of pins as input or output is easy. Each pin tied to a specific voltage domain can be configured independently allowing information to flow from lower to higher VDD or higher to lower VDD

Key Design Considerations

Number of Signals - GreenPAK can support up to 9 inputs/8 outputs on a single voltage domain

IO Configuration - Configurable pull-up / pull-down resistors on GreenPAK’s GPIO make communicating with any IC a snap

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Bi-directional level-shift with dedicated ports implemented in GreenPAK

Example 2. Bi-directional level-shift with dedicated ports implemented in GreenPAK

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Timing Diagram

Example 2. Timing Diagram

Bi-directional with External Direction Indicator

With GreenPAK it is also possible to dual-purpose certain GPIO as digital input AND output using the output enable pin to control the direction.

Key Design Considerations

Direction Signal Polarity – Using GreenPAK’s integrated LUTs configured as an inverter can accommodate any signal polarity

Direction Signal Origin – With GreenPAK, the direction signal input can be from either voltage domain

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Bi-directional level-shift with external direction signal implemented in GreenPAK

Example 3. Bi-directional level-shift with external direction signal implemented in GreenPAK

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Timing Diagram

Example 3. Timing Diagram

Bi-directional, Auto-sensing

Using GreenPAK’s configurable digital and timing resources, it is even possible to implement an auto-sensing, bi-directional, level-shift solution such as the I2C Level-shift shown in AN-1104.

Key Design Considerations

Response Time – GreenPAK is capable of up to 400 kHz standard I2C

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Auto-sensing bi-directional I2C level-shift

Example 4. Auto-sensing bi-directional I2C level-shift

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Timing Diagram

Example 4. AN-1104 - I2C Level Shift in SLG46620V

Dual Supply GreenPAK

GreenPAK can often implement multiple functions in one small device. This isn’t limited to level-shift applications. Just one GreenPAK device can implement glue logic, timing adjustment, reset, power sequencing, LED control, and more depending on design requirements and resource configuration.

Below is a list of our Dual Supply GreenPAK devices and the number of GPIO dedicated to each voltage domain.

Part Number VDD IO VDD2 IO
SLG46121V 5 4
SLG46535V 7 4
SLG46538V 9 8
SLG46621V 9 8

Documentation

Type Title Date
Application Note PDF 128 KB 日本語
Application Note PDF 262 KB
Application Note PDF 480 KB
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