Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ROHM's general-purpose automotive MCU system power supplies for idling stop systems

KYOTO, JAPAN & SANTA CLARA, USA: ROHM Semiconductor has recently announced the development of system power supplies optimized for high-performance microcontrollers in a variety of automotive systems, from electronic power steering to fuel injection, including HEVs and EVs.

The newly developed BD39001EKV-C utilizes a proprietary boost-buck switching method that ensures stable voltage supply, even when the battery voltage drops during start–stop operation, while improving power conversion efficiency by up to 5 percent vs. conventional products.

In response to the continued standardization and advancements in the automotive industry a startup sequence setting function is included that can adapt to a variety of MCU specifications and requirements.

With the continuing trend towards platform standardization in the automotive industry comes a push to promote the use of common parts worldwide. This is expected to increase demand for versatile products that can suit a variety of requirements and support microcontrollers of all types – as well as high-performance devices and solutions optimized for customized dedicated power supplies and specific applications.

In addition, the need to minimize fuel consumption has led to the adoption of start-stop systems that stop the engine during idling and other brief stops in order to prevent wasteful fuel consumption. However, this requires countermeasures to prevent MCU malfunction due to battery voltage fluctuations caused by cranking when the engine is started again.

In response, ROHM quickly developed a versatile, standardized power supply IC capable of providing stable voltage during stop-stop operation. The BD39001EKV-C utilizes a leading-edge 0.35um BiCDMOS power process and takes advantage of ROHM's analog design expertise to achieve a wide input voltage range from 4V to an absolute maximum of 40V.

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