SLUSAH0F October 2011 – November 2019 BQ25504
Whenever VSTOR < VSTOR_CHGEN, VIN_DC ≥ VIN(CS) and PIN > PIN(CS), the cold-start circuit is on. This could happen when there is not input power at VIN_DC to prevent the load from discharging the battery or during a large load transient on VSTOR. During cold start, the voltage at VIN_DC is clamped to VIN(CS) so the energy harvester's output current is critical to providing sufficient cold start input power, PIN(CS) = VIN(CS) X IIN(CS). The cold-start circuit is essentially an unregulated, hysteretic boost converter with lower efficiency compared to the main boost charger. None of the other features function during cold start operation. The cold start circuit's goal is to charge VSTOR higher than VSTOR_CHGEN so that the main boost charger can operate. When a depleted storage element is initially attached to VBAT, as shown in Figure 12 and the harvester can provide a voltage > VIN(CS) and total power at least > PIN(CS), assuming minimal system load or leakage at VSTOR and VBAT, the cold start circuit can charge VSTOR above VSTOR_CHGEN. Once the VSTOR voltage reaches the VSTOR_CHGEN threshold, the IC
The energy harvester must supply sufficient power for the IC to exit cold start. Due to the body diode of the PFET connecting VSTOR and VBAT, the cold start circuit must charge both the capacitor on CSTOR up to the VSTOR_CHGEN and the storage element connected to VBAT up to VSTOR_CHGEN less a diode drop. When a rechargeable battery with an open protector is attached, the intial charge time is typically short due to the minimum charge needed to close the battery's protector FETs. When large, discharged super capacitors with high DC leakage currents are attached, the intial charge time can be signficant.
When the VSTOR voltage reaches VSTOR_CHGEN, the main boost charger starts up. When the VSTOR voltage rises to the VBAT_UV threshold, the PMOS switch between VSTOR and VBAT turns on, which provides additional loading on VSTOR and could result in the VSTOR voltage dropping below both the VBAT_UV threshold and the VSTOR_CHGEN voltage, especially if system loads on VSTOR or VBAT are active during this time. Therefore, it is not uncommon for the VSTOR voltage waveform to have incremental pulses (i.e. stair steps) as the IC cycles between cold-start and main boost charger operation before eventually maintaing VSTOR above VSTOR_CHGEN.
The cold start circuit initially clamps VIN_DC to VIN(CS) = 600 mV typical. If sufficient input power (i.e.,output current from the harvester clamped to VIN(CS)) is not available, it is possible that the cold start circuit cannot raise the VSTOR voltage above VSTOR_CHGEN in order for the main boost conveter to start up. It is highly recommended to add an external PFET between the system load and VSTOR. An inverted VBAT_OK signal can be used to drive the gate of this system-isolating, external PFET. See the Power Supply Recommendations section for guidance on minimum input power requirements.