Patent Number: 8,717,088

Title: Device and method for providing power to a microcontroller

Abstract: A charge pump device and method for providing power to a microcontroller where the voltage required to operate the microcontroller (VCCmin) is greater than the voltage of the power source, which may be a single galvanic cell. The invention utilizes a flying capacitor circuit having a flying capacitor, and a supply capacitor connected to the power supply terminal of the microcontroller. The invention utilizes firmware that runs on the microcontroller and which controls the flying capacitor circuit to repeatedly switch the flying capacitor from being connected in series with the power source to being connected in parallel with the power source so as to maintain the voltage provided to the microcontroller at a level of at least VCCmin.

Inventors: Vereb; Ferenc (Keswick, CA), Pach; Marek (Toronto, CA)

Assignee: Lotek Wireless Inc.

International Classification: G05F 1/10 (20060101); G05F 3/02 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018