Ultra-compact power supplies for automotive applications with 80% fewer external parts

ROHM has unveiled compact, high efficiency power supplies designed to drive DDR memory, microcontrollers, and other components in car applications. The BD905xx series integrates a phase compensation circuit and feedback resistor, reducing the number of external parts considerably compared with conventional power supply ICs. This simplifies design load and contributes to end-product miniaturisation.

The increasing popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles has led to more sophisticated electronic systems and a greater demand for microcontrollers and memory. Conventional LDO regulators are commonly used, but they feature poor efficiency and cannot meet higher current demands. As a result, DC/DC converters, which provide greater efficiency and higher current-handling capability, are becoming the preferred solution. However, they have their drawbacks, which include more external parts and consequently a larger mounting area, increasing circuit design complexity significantly. With the trend towards improved performance and decreasing model cycles in the automotive industry comes a need for easier-to-use, high efficiency power supply ICs that lighten the design load and minimise mounting area.

A primary factor in the number of external components used with power supply ICs is the phase compensation circuit required to maintain a stable output voltage. Normally external capacitors and resistors are used to set the desired characteristics. However, ROHM has been able to successfully optimise the phase compensation circuit internally, reducing parts count by 80% and contributing to more compact automotive systems. In addition, phase compensation adjustment, which is a common problem with power supply designs, is no longer required, shortening design time significantly.

ROHM power supplies use synchronous rectification for high efficiency operation, in combination with Light Load Mode, ensuring superior performance with low current consumption under all load conditions.

Key features include:

1. Built-in phase compensation circuit and feedback resistors reduce the number of external parts and shorten the design cycle

Power supply ICs require a phase compensation circuit in order to ensure stable operation and prevent malfunctions. The BD905xx series integrates an optimized phase compensation circuit that reduces the number of external components considerably, simplifying set design while minimizing mounting area.

2. Compact package

The HTSOP-J8 package reduces volume by approx. 80% compared with conventional products. (6.0mmx4.9mm, t=1.0mm max.)

3. Low heat generation simplifies thermal design

Loss is a miniscule 1/10th the level of conventional LDO regulators (see figure at right), resulting in minimal heat generation. This simplifies thermal countermeasures, making it ideal for microcontrollers and DDR memory used in today’s vehicles that require greater current consumption.

4. Synchronous rectification and Light Load Mode ensure high efficiency operation

Synchronous rectification, coupled with Light Load Mode, results in over 90% efficiency (max.) under all load conditions for minimal current consumption.

5. Wide lineup

ROHM offers models in different output voltages and currents designed for various automotive systems (1.2V for microcontroller cores, 1.5V and 1.8V for DDR memory).



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