As the load current decreases, the TPS62085, TPS62086, and TPS62087 enter Power Save Mode (PSM) operation. During Power Save Mode, the converter operates with reduced switching frequency and with a minimum quiescent current maintaining high efficiency. The power save mode occurs when the inductor current becomes discontinuous. Power Save Mode is based on a fixed on-time architecture, as related in Equation 1. The switching frequency over the whole load current range is also shown in Figure 7-1 for a typical application.
In Power Save Mode, the output voltage rises slightly above the nominal output voltage, as shown in Figure 9-7. This effect is minimized by increasing the output capacitor or inductor value. The output voltage accuracy in PSM operation is reflected in the electrical specification table and given for a 22-μF output capacitor.
During PAUSE period in PSM (shown in Figure 8-1 ), the device does not change the PG pin state nor does it detect an UVLO event, in order to achieve a minimum quiescent current and maintain high efficiency at light loads.