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Application note
Evaluation board for SPV1050 ULP harvester (buck-boost
architecture)
Domenico Ragonese
Introduction
The STEVAL-ISV020V1 is an evaluation board based on the ultralow power energy
harvester and battery charger SPV1050. For any detail related to the SPV1050 features and
performances please refer to the SPV1050 datasheet.
The evaluation board implements the buck-boost configuration of the DC-DC converter and
has the purpose of enhancing the SPV1050 based applications development by testing the
silicon performance thanks to many jumpers and test points, and by helping to find out the
best system configuration to make the SPV1050 device working at the most of efficiency.
The STEVAL-ISV020V1 board is optimized to:
 Harvest energy from PV panels supplying 2.6 V ≤ VMP ≤ 9 V and 10 µA ≤ IMP ≤ 20 mA.
 Charge a battery with the 3.7 V undervoltage protection threshold (VUVP) and 4.2 V end
of charge voltage threshold (VEOC).
Nevertheless, few easy changes on the application components (input and output resistor
partitioning, CIN capacitor) allow to use a different PV panel and source (like TEG), and
a battery, by setting the VMPP_SET, the VUVP and the VEOC thresholds according to the
source and load. More in detail, operating ranges can be extended as follows:
VMP from 150 mV up to 18 V, IMP up to 100 mA, VUVP down to 2.2 V and VEOC up to 5.3 V.
The STEVAL-ISV020V1 is shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1. STEVAL-ISV020V1 evaluation board
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Contents
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Contents
1
Schematic and bill of material . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
2
System setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
3
Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
4
Component selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
4.1
MPPT setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
4.2
Input capacitance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
4.3
Capacitance on MPP-REF pin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
4.3.1
Inductor selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
4.3.2
Output voltage ripple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
4.3.3
UVP and EOC setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
5
Board description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
6
Revision history . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
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Schematic and bill of material
Schematic and bill of material
The schematic, bill of material and gerber files can be downloaded from the Design
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Sect. Item Qty. Reference
Part /
value
1
1
U1
SPV1050
2
1
CN1
2-way
screw
connector
3
1
C1
4.7 µF
Tolerance
%
Voltage
current
Watt
Technol.
Package Manufacturer
info.
VFQFPN
3x3x1
20L
(code
A0BR)
15%
DC-DC input section
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25 V
0805
25 V
0805
Manufacturer
code
More information
ST
SPV1050
Plastic socket
TE
Connectivity
282834-2
Input connector for PV
panel or TEG
Murata
4
0
C2 (DNM)
4.7 µF
5
3
J1, J2, J3
Jumper
8
1
R1
10 M
1%
0805
YAGEO
RC0805FR0710ML
9
1
R2
1 M
1%
0805
TE
Connectivity
CRG0805F1M0
10
1
R3
5.6 M
1%
0805
VISHAY
CRCW08055M
60FKEA
11
1
L1
22 µH
20%
Coilcraft
LPS4018223ML_
12
1
C8
10 nF
15%
Pitch
2.54 mm
16 V
X7R
Murata
GCM21BR71C
475KA73L
Input capacitance
GCM21BR71C
475KA73L
TH
0603
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Table 1. Bill of material
Enable/disable MPPT
Murata
GRM188R71C1
03KA01D
Resistor partitioning for
MPP track/setting
DC-DC inductor
Voltage sampling time
constant capacitance
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Part /
value
Tolerance
%
Battery section
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1
CN4
2-way
screw
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14
1
C9
47 µF
20%
15
1
R4
6.2 M
16
1
R5
17
1
18
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Voltage
current
Watt
Technol.
Package Manufacturer
info.
TE
Connectivity
More information
282834-2
Connector for external
supply of pin STORE
0805
TDK
5%
0805
RS
RS-0805-6m25%-0.125W
499 k
1%
0805
VISHAY
CRCW0805499
KFKEA
R6
2.7 M
1%
0805
VISHAY
CRCW08052M
70FKEA
1
CN2
8-way
screw
connector
TE
Connectivity
282836-8
Connector for battery and
battery status signals
2
C6, C7
100 nF
KEMET
C0603C104K4
RAC
Tank capacitor for LDOs
LDOs section
21
2
23
1
5-pin male
SW1, SW2
Stripline
CN3
4-way
screw
connector
10%
10 V
Manufacturer
code
X7R
Pitch
2.54 mm
0603
C2012X5R1A4
76M125AC
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Table 1. Bill of material (continued)
Resistor Partitioning for
UVP, EOC, protection
setting
Close 2 - 3: LDO disabled
Close 1 - 2: LDO enabled
Floating: external control
through CN3
TH
TE
Connectivity
282836-4
Connector for LDOs load
connection
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Part /
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Tolerance
%
Voltage
current
Watt
Technol.
Package Manufacturer
info.
Manufacturer
code
More information
List of test points
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TP1
True
hole
PV+ pin sensing and
soldering
25
1
TP2
True
hole
MPP pin sensing and
soldering
26
1
TP3
True
hole
MPP-SET pin sensing
and soldering
27
1
TP4
True
hole
STORE pin sensing and
soldering
28
1
TP5
True
hole
ULP pin sensing and
soldering
29
1
TP6
True
hole
EOC pin sensing and
soldering
30
1
TP7
True
hole
GND pin sensing and
soldering
31
1
TP8
True
hole
GND pin sensing and
soldering
32
1
TP9
True
hole
IN_LV pin sense
(for probe scope)
33
1
TP10
True
hole
GND pin sensing
(for probe scope)
34
1
TP11
True
hole
L_HV pin sensing
(for probe scope)
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System setup
System setup
The system setup that can be used for the evaluation of the SPV1050 device is shown in
Figure 4:
Figure 4. Supply and load connections
The supply system emulates the I-V characteristic of a PV panel and it is composed by
a power supply VGEN to determine VOC and a resistor RIN to determine IMP and VMP.
Considering the typical electrical parameters of a PV panel (VOC, VMP, IMP, ISC), the supply
system has to be set as following:

VGEN = VOC

RIN = (VOC - VMP) / IMP
At the output stage a real battery can be connected to the BATT pin. The battery can be
emulated by a power supply with a resistor in series.
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Layout
From Figure 5 to Figure 7 show the components placement and the layout (top and bottom
views) of the STEVAL-ISV020V1.
Figure 5. Layout ‐ silkscreen view
Figure 6. Layout - top view
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Figure 7. Layout ‐ bottom view
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The following indications must be followed in the PCB routing:

The same ground plane has to connect the exposed pad and the pins PGND and GND.

The capacitor on the STORE pin must be placed as close as possible to the pin.

The capacitors on LDO1 and LDO2 pins must be placed as close as possible to the
respective pins.
Details on the recommended layout solution are shown in Figure 8 and Figure 9.
Figure 8. Ground plane detail
Figure 9. Components placement detail
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Component selection
This section describes the application rules to be followed for properly selecting the
components around the SPV1050 device.
4.1
MPPT setting
The “Maximum Power Point” (MPP) is set through the input resistor partitioning R1, R2 and
R3.
As a preliminary rule, the voltage on the MPP pin (VMPP), which depends on the voltage
supplied by the selected source (VIN), must be ≤ VUVP (which is set by the output resistor
partitioning R3, R4, R5).
So, the following equation:
Equation 1
R2 + R3
V MPP = V IN ------------------------------------  V UVP
R1 + R2 + R3
can be rewritten as follows:
Equation 2
R2 + R3
V UVP  V OC  MAX  -----------------------------------R1 + R2 + R3
VOC(MAX) stands for the maximum voltage that the source can supply (open circuit voltage).
Further, the MPPRATIO = VMPP_SET / VOC is set by the following equation:
Equation 3
V MPP
SET
R3
= V INx -----------------------------------R1 + R2 + R3
R3
MPP RATIO  V OC = V IN x -----------------------------------R1 + R2 + R3
For the PV panels the VMP is typically in the range between 70% and 80% of VOC.
Finally, the leakage on the input resistor partitioning must be negligible, hence typically it
must be:
Equation 4
10 M ≤ R1 + R2 + R3 ≤ 20 M
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Component selection
Input capacitance
Every 16 seconds (typical) the SPV1050 device stops switching for 400 ms. During this time
frame the input capacitor C1 is charged up to VOC by the source: the voltage will rise
according to the time constant (T1), which depends both on its capacitance and on the
equivalent resistance REQ of the source.
In case of PV panel source, assuming IMP as the minimum current at which the MPP must
be guaranteed, the REQ can be calculated as follows:
Equation 5
V OC – V MPP
V OC   1 – MPP RATIO 
R EQ = -------------------------------- = ------------------------------------------------------------I MP
I MP
Consequently:
Equation 6
T1
C1  ----------R EQ
Figure 10 and Figure 11 show the effect of different value of the C1 on the time constant: too
high capacitance might be not charged within the 400 ms time window affecting the MPPT
precision.
Figure 10. Input stage equivalent circuit
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The default C1 = 4.7 F capacitance covers the most typical application range. The energy
extracted from the harvested source, and stored in the input capacitance, is transferred to
the load by the DC-DC converter though the inductor. The energy extracted by inductor
depends by the sink current: the higher input currents causes higher voltage drop on the
input capacitance and this may result a problem for low voltage (< 1 V) and high energy
(> 20 mA) sources. In such application cases the input capacitance has to be increased or,
alternatively the inductance has to be reduced.
The SPV1050 performances might be further improved by reducing the time constant
(e.g. reducing input capacitance) at very low input power.
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Capacitance on MPP-REF pin
It's recommended to use C8 = 10 nF in most of the application cases.
4.3.1
Inductor selection
The SPV1050 device controls the switching of the integrated DC-DC by limiting the peak
current flowing through the inductor L1.
L1 = 22 µH covers the most typical application range: the lower is the series resistance of
the selected inductor, the lower is its DC loss. The current capability of the selected inductor
must be ≥ 200 mA.
4.3.2
Output voltage ripple
In case of battery with high series resistance and fast load transient, the capacitor on the
STORE pin may momentarily discharge and cause the undesired triggering of the VUVP
threshold, implying the battery disconnection.
Although the fast transient might be masked by a proper capacitance between UVP and
GND pins, if the battery has low peak current capability, the voltage on the STORE pin may
further drop down lower than VUVP.
Increasing the capacitance on the STORE pin has the drawback of affecting the output time
constant and consequently delays the startup time. The same capacitor might be placed in
parallel to the battery.
The selection of the battery and of the output capacitance on the STORE pin (C9) is strictly
related to the following application parameters:

The series resistance of the battery (RBATT)

The EOC threshold (VEOC) and the UVP threshold (VUVP)

The maximum load current (ILOAD(MAX))

The TLOAD(ON), how long the load sink (ILOAD(MAX))

The maximum allowed voltage drop on LDOs outputs (VDROP(MAX))
The maximum current that can be supplied to the load is the sum of the currents that can be
supplied by the battery (IBATT(MAX)) and by the C9 (ISTORE):
Equation 7
ILOAD(MAX) = IBATT(MAX) + ISTORE
The maximum current that the battery can supply without triggering the UVP threshold is:
Equation 8
V BATT – V UVP
I BATT  MAX  = ------------------------------------R BATT
The amount of charge that the C9 can supply is:
Equation 9
Q9 = C9 • VDROP(MAX)
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Considering that I = C • dV/dt, it follows:
Equation 10
C STORE  V DROP  MAX 
I BATT  MAX  = I LOAD  MAX  – ------------------------------------------------------------T LOAD  ON 
Thus:
Equation 11
I LOAD  MAX  – I BATT  MAX 
C STORE  T LOAD  -----------------------------------------------------------------V DROP  MAX 
4.3.3
UVP and EOC setting
The pins UVP and EOC have to be connected to the STORE pin by the resistor partitioning
R4, R5 and R6 to setup the related thresholds by scaling down those voltage values and by
comparing them with the internal bandgap voltage reference set at 1.23 V.
The design rules to setup R4, R5 and R6 are the following:
Equation 12
R5 + R6
V BG = V UVP  -----------------------------------R4 + R5 + R6
Equation 13
R6
V BG = V EOC  -----------------------------------R4 + R5 + R6
Further, in order to minimize the leakage due to the output resistor partitioning it has to be
typically:
Equation 14
10 M ≤ R4 + R5 + R6 ≤ 20 M
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Board description
The STEVAL-ISV020V1 board has a full set of connectors, jumpers and switches as
described below:
Table 2. CN1 connector
CN1 pin number
Signal
1
2
INPUT+
INPUT-
Table 3. CN2 connector
CN2 pin number
SPV1050
pin signal
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
VBATT
GND
LDO2
GND
LDO1
GND
8
BATT-CON BATT-CHG

VBATT: connect this pin to the positive of the battery.

LDO2: connect this pin to the load to be supplied at 3.3 V.

LDO1: connect this pin to the load to be supplied at 1.8 V.

BATT-CON: output logic pin for battery connection monitoring.

Please notice that this is an open drain pin, which has to be pulled up by a resistor
(typically 10 M) to a voltage rail lower than VSTORE.

BATT-CHG: output logic pin for battery charging status monitoring.

Please notice that this is an open drain pin, which has to be pulled up by a resistor
(typically 10 M) to a voltage rail lower than VSTORE.
Table 4. CN3 connector
CN3 pin number
SPV1050 pin signal
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2
3
4
LDO1_EN
GND
GND
LDO2_EN

LDO1_EN: input logic pin to enable/disable the LDO1. Connect this pin to the control
signal from the microcontroller.

LDO2_EN: input logic pin to enable/disable the LDO2. Connect this pin to the control
signal from the microcontroller.
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Table 5. CN3 connector
CN4 pin number
SPV1050 pin signal
1
2
STORE
GND

STORE: connect this pin to the tank capacitor CSTORE.

GND: system ground.
The MPPT function can be disabled by pulling up the pin MPP-SET and unsoldering the
resistor R2. In this case the duty cycle of the switching converter will be regulated according
to the fixed end of charge voltage connected to the J3.
Table 6. J1, J2, J3: enable/disable MPPT
J1
LEAVE IT OPEN
Function
(signal monitoring)
J2
J3
OPEN: MPPT ENABLED
CLOSE: MPPT
DISABLED(1)
LEAVE OPEN IF J2 IS OPEN.
CONNECT TO EXTERNAL
REFERENCE VOLTAGE IF J2 is
CLOSED
1. The R2 must be unsoldered.
Table 7. SW1, SW2: enable/disable LDOs
Function
SW1
SW2
CLOSE 3 - 4: LDO1 DISABLED
CLOSE 2 - 3: LDO1 ENABLED
FLOATING: EXTERNAL CONTROL BY
CN3
CLOSE 3 - 4: LDO2 DISABLED
CLOSE 2 - 3: LDO2 ENABLED
FLOATING: EXTERNAL CONTROL BY
CN3
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