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TFA9897: 5.3V Highly Power-Efficient DSP Embedded Class-D Audio Amplifier


The TFA9897 is a high efficiency Class-D audio amplifier with a sophisticated speaker-boost protection algorithm. It can deliver 1.2 W (RMS; THD = 1%) output power to an 8 Ω speaker at a battery voltage of 3.6 V. The internal boost converter raises the supply voltage to 5.3 V, providing ample headroom for major improvements in sound quality.

A safe working environment is provided for the speaker under all operating conditions. The TFA9897 maximizes acoustic output while ensuring diaphragm displacement and voice coil temperature do not exceed their rated limits. This function is based on a speaker box model that operates in all loudspeaker conditions (e.g. free air, closed box or vented box). Moreover, advanced signal processing ensures that the audio signal is always of optimum quality.

The adaptive sound maximizing algorithm uses feedback to accurately calculate both the temperature and the excursion. This allows the TFA9897 to adapt to changes in the acoustic environment.

Internal intelligent DC-to-DC conversion boosts the supply rail to provide additional headroom and power output. The supply voltage is raised only when required. This feature maximizes the output power of the Class-D audio amplifier while limiting quiescent power consumption.

The TFA9897 also incorporates advanced battery protection. By limiting the supply current when the battery voltage is low, it prevents the audio system drawing excessive load currents from the battery (excessive load currents could cause a system undervoltage). The advanced processor minimizes the impact of a falling battery voltage on the audio quality by preventing distortion as the battery discharges.

The device features low RF susceptibility because it has a digital input interface that is insensitive to clock jitter. The second order closed loop architecture used in a Class-D audio amplifier provides excellent audio performance and high supply voltage ripple rejection. The audio input interface is TDM and can be I²S configured. Control settings are communicated through an I²C-bus interface.

The TFA9897 is available in a 30-bump WLCSP (Wafer Level Chip-Size Package) with a 400 μm pitch.


  • Sophisticated speaker-boost and protection algorithm that maximizes speaker performance while protecting the speaker:

    1. Fully embedded software, no additional license fee or porting required
    2. Total integrated solution that includes DSP, amplifier, DC-to-DC, sensing and more
  • Adaptive excursion control guarantees that the speaker membrane excursion never exceeds its rated limit

  • Real-time temperature protection - direct measurement ensures that voice coil temperature never exceeds its rated limit

  • Environmentally aware - automatically adapts speaker parameters to acoustic and thermal changes including compensation for speaker-box leakage

  • Output power: 1.2 W (RMS) into 8 Ω at 3.6 V supply voltage (THD = 1%)

  • Low noise Receiver mode

  • Clip avoidance - DSP algorithm prevents clipping even with sagging supply voltage

  • Bandwidth extension option to increase low frequency response

  • Intelligent DC-to-DC converter maximizes audio headroom from any supply level and limits current consumption at low battery voltages

  • Compatible with standard Acoustic Echo Cancellers (AECs)

  • High efficiency and low-power dissipation

  • Wide supply voltage range (fully operational from 2.5 V to 5.5 V)

  • TDM audio interface configurable from 2 slots (I²S) up to 16 slots

  • I²C-bus control interface (400 kHz)

  • Dedicated speech mode with speech activity detector

  • Speaker current and voltage monitoring (through the TDM-bus) for Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) at the host

  • Fully short-circuit proof across the load and to the supply lines

  • Sample frequencies from 8 kHz up to 48 kHz supported

  • Option to route TDM input direct to TDM output to allow a second TDM input slave device to be used in combination with the TFA9897

  • Volume control

  • Low RF susceptibility

  • Input clock jitter insensitive interface

  • Thermally protected

  • Low 'pop noise' at all mode transitions

System Block Diagram

Application Block Diagram


  • TFA9897 SDS

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