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We present a 32-bit RISC microcontroller having an on-chip DC/DC converter. The chip standby power including the DC/DC converter is reduced to 63 /spl mu/W with a new hybrid regulator scheme in which the microcontroller selects a switching regulator in active mode and a series regulator in standby mode. The achieved standby power corresponds to only about 1% the standby power with a conventional scheme which always uses a switching regulator.
Date of Conference: 14-16 June 2001