|By Business Wire||
|August 19, 2014 08:07 AM EDT||
Renesas Electronics America, a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today expands its portfolio of Simple Power Supply ICs, with innovative 16V input capable synchronous buck regulators that deliver up to 3A continuous current to loads at voltages as low as 0.8V. The new power supply ICs are ideal for systems requiring even lower power consumption in standby mode, and systems requiring backup power in case of power outage. The devices target applications in the industrial, office equipment, consumer, networking, smart grid, and other fields.
By reducing the power supply design workload, the new devices lower power consumption and improve the compactness of the overall system for improved power efficiency and lower BOM cost. The new Simple Power Supply ICs are available in four series with different DC/DC converter output counts and output voltages. Battery backup functionality is availability in the: RAA23012X series, RAA23013X series, RAA23022X series, and the RAA23023X series. Each series comprises three product versions, for a total of 12 new devices.
“Power semiconductor advancements have created a dynamic environment for energy saving innovations that boost the efficiency of existing applications, the electrification of more applications, and improve energy transmission,” said William Keeley, senior director product marketing at Renesas Electronics America. “Engineers and designers can confidently look to these types of power devices we are announcing today as a source of opportunity as they design their next generation energy efficient systems and products.”
As systems become more power efficient and compact in recent years, demand has grown for power supply blocks with improved power efficiency delivered in a compact form factor. One commonly used method of reducing power consumption is to incorporate a low-power mode in which only the functions needed in the microcontroller’s (MCU) standby state continues to operate. Unlike MCUs, however, such measures are rarely implemented within the power supply block itself. The common method of using a pair of diodes to implement a battery backup circuit for devices such as SRAM and MCUs, which require power even when the system is powered down, makes it difficult to maintain a compact system. What is more, in systems that require two or more voltages, the usual method is to employ multiple single-output power supply ICs or electronic components, which also presents a barrier to compactness.
Key features of the new Simple Power Supply ICs:
(1) Integrated auto PFM-mode functionality for dramatically reduced power consumption in the standby state
The newly developed auto PFM mode reduces power consumption per DC/DC converter to 100 µA, enabling far lower power consumption than conventional DC/DC converter configurations. This makes it possible to reduce the total system power consumption, including that of microcontrollers, SoCs, etc., when in the standby state. For example, the total system power consumption of the Renesas RX630 MCU, operating in deep software standby mode, and powered by the new Simple Power Supply IC can be reduced by 60 percent or more.
(2) New integrated battery backup function for lower system cost and reduced component count (RAA23012X series and RAA23022X series only)
When the system power supply is turned off, the integrated battery backup circuit switches from DC/DC output to battery power for devices that require a constant supply of power. Since this circuit is integrated into the power supply IC, there is no need for the pair of diodes previously used to monitor the current level. Renesas will be making publicly available, at no charge, on its website (starting from the end of September), backup circuit configuration examples and operational examples of systems incorporating RL78/G1X Series MCUS, SRAM, etc. These circuit examples will enhance development efficiency.
(3) Integration of two DC/DC converters in a single package for lower system cost and greater compactness (RAA23022X series and RAA23023X series only)
The new Simple Power Supply ICs integrate in a single package output power MOSFETs, phase correction devices, and load capacitance discharge circuits. In particular, the RAA23022x series and RAA23023x series incorporate two DC/DC converters in a single package, allowing for a reduction of approximately half the number of power supply IC peripheral components, according to research by Renesas, while substantially lowering the system cost and component count.
(4) A full complement of system solutions
To support all aspects of system development, including power supplies, Renesas offers evaluation boards for new single products, as well as evaluation boards pre-mounted with Renesas MCUs, SoCs, and other new products. In addition, starting today, Renesas is offering circuit diagrams, component recommendations, board patterns, and other information on its website sequentially as they become available. This information makes it possible to perform preliminary evaluations of various combinations of MCUs, SoC devices, and Simple Power Supply ICs, and easily obtain related information such as board patterns. This will contribute to a significant reduction in the time customers need to spend on evaluation and development with these products.
The main applications for the 5 V input products, currently in mass production, are smart meters and industrial control equipment for the Japanese market. The new 12 V input products are targeted at applications such as smart meters, combined printer-copier-scanner-fax machines, and handheld terminals for POS systems for markets such as Europe and Singapore. The target applications for 24 V input products will include security cameras, game consoles, and electric household appliances. Moving forward, Renesas plans to continue rolling out new power supply solutions for these markets.
Circuit configuration examples of battery backup circuits incorporating the new Simple Power Supply ICs, information on evaluation boards pre-mounted with the new Simple Power Supply ICs, circuit diagrams, component recommendations, board patterns, and more can be viewed at http://www.renesas.com/products/mix_sig/powermanagement/dcdc/easy/index.jsp.
The new Simple Power Supply ICs are available with dual- and single-channel options and output voltages and in three package configurations which provide excellent thermal performance for high-heat dissipation capability 20-pin HTSSOP, 16-pin HTTSOP, and 8-pin HLSOP.
Pricing and Availability
Samples of Renesas new Simple Power Supply ICs are available now. Pricing varies depending on the specification and package. Samples of the RAA23012X, the RAA23013X, the RAA23022X, and the RAA23023, are priced at US$0.83, US$0.63, US$1.37 and US$1.17 per unit, respectively. Mass production of the new Simple Power Supply ICs is scheduled to begin in October 2014 and is expected to reach a monthly volume of 1.5 million units by April 2015. (Pricing and availability are subject to change without notice.)
The products for which sample shipments start today are the second set of offerings in the Simple Power Supply IC lineup. They follow the RAA23021X series (two output channels) and RAA23040X series (four output channels), which came on the market beginning in October 2012. These newest products complement the first set of products and provide support for input voltage of 12 VDC.
About Renesas Electronics Corporation
Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723), the world's number one supplier of microcontrollers, is a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions including microcontrollers, SoC solutions and a broad range of analog and power devices. Business operations began as Renesas Electronics in April 2010 through the integration of NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723) and Renesas Technology Corp., with operations spanning research, development, design and manufacturing for a wide range of applications. Headquartered in Japan, Renesas Electronics has subsidiaries in 20 countries worldwide. More information can be found at www.renesas.com.
All other registered trademarks or trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Red Hat is investing in Tesora, the number one contributor to OpenStack Trove Database as a Service (DBaaS) also ranked among the top 20 companies contributing to OpenStack overall. Tesora, the company bringing OpenStack Trove Database as a Service (DBaaS) to the enterprise, has announced that Red Hat and others have invested in the company as a part of Tesora's latest funding round. The funding agreement expands on the ongoing collaboration between Tesora and Red Hat, which dates back to Febr...
Aug. 30, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 325
IBM’s Blue Box Cloud, powered by OpenStack, is now available in any of IBM’s globally integrated cloud data centers running SoftLayer infrastructure. Less than 90 days after its acquisition of Blue Box, IBM has integrated its Blue Box Cloud Dedicated private-cloud-as-a-service into its broader portfolio of OpenStack® based solutions. The announcement, made today at the OpenStack Silicon Valley event, further highlights IBM’s continued support to deliver OpenStack solutions across all cloud depl...
Aug. 30, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 206
Everyone talks about continuous integration and continuous delivery but those are just two ends of the pipeline. In the middle of DevOps is continuous testing (CT), and many organizations are struggling to implement continuous testing effectively. After all, without continuous testing there is no delivery. And Lab-As-A-Service (LaaS) enhances the CT with dynamic on-demand self-serve test topologies. CT together with LAAS make a powerful combination that perfectly serves complex software developm...
Aug. 30, 2015 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 177
Through WebRTC, audio and video communications are being embedded more easily than ever into applications, helping carriers, enterprises and independent software vendors deliver greater functionality to their end users. With today’s business world increasingly focused on outcomes, users’ growing calls for ease of use, and businesses craving smarter, tighter integration, what’s the next step in delivering a richer, more immersive experience? That richer, more fully integrated experience comes ab...
Aug. 30, 2015 09:15 AM EDT Reads: 595
With the proliferation of connected devices underpinning new Internet of Things systems, Brandon Schulz, Director of Luxoft IoT – Retail, will be looking at the transformation of the retail customer experience in brick and mortar stores in his session at @ThingsExpo. Questions he will address include: Will beacons drop to the wayside like QR codes, or be a proximity-based profit driver? How will the customer experience change in stores of all types when everything can be instrumented and a...
Aug. 30, 2015 09:15 AM EDT Reads: 430
In today's digital world, change is the one constant. Disruptive innovations like cloud, mobility, social media, and the Internet of Things have reshaped the market and set new standards in customer expectations. To remain competitive, businesses must tap the potential of emerging technologies and markets through the rapid release of new products and services. However, the rigid and siloed structures of traditional IT platforms and processes are slowing them down – resulting in lengthy delivery ...
Aug. 30, 2015 08:45 AM EDT Reads: 564
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ab...
Aug. 30, 2015 08:45 AM EDT Reads: 333
WSM International, the pioneer and leader in server migration services, has announced an agreement with WHOA.com, a leader in providing secure public, private and hybrid cloud computing services. Under terms of the agreement, WSM will provide migration services to WHOA.com customers to relocate some or all of their applications, digital assets, and other computing workloads to WHOA.com enterprise-class, secure cloud infrastructure. The migration services include detailed evaluation and planning...
Aug. 30, 2015 08:45 AM EDT Reads: 154
The Internet of Things (IoT) is about the digitization of physical assets including sensors, devices, machines, gateways, and the network. It creates possibilities for significant value creation and new revenue generating business models via data democratization and ubiquitous analytics across IoT networks. The explosion of data in all forms in IoT requires a more robust and broader lens in order to enable smarter timely actions and better outcomes. Business operations become the key driver of I...
Aug. 30, 2015 08:30 AM EDT Reads: 383
Puppet Labs has announced the next major update to its flagship product: Puppet Enterprise 2015.2. This release includes new features providing DevOps teams with clarity, simplicity and additional management capabilities, including an all-new user interface, an interactive graph for visualizing infrastructure code, a new unified agent and broader infrastructure support.
Aug. 30, 2015 07:15 AM EDT Reads: 489
A producer of the first smartphones and tablets, presenter Lee M. Williams will talk about how he is now applying his experience in mobile technology to the design and development of the next generation of Environmental and Sustainability Services at ETwater. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lee Williams, COO of ETwater, will talk about how he is now applying his experience in mobile technology to the design and development of the next generation of Environmental and Sustainability Services at ET...
Aug. 30, 2015 07:00 AM EDT Reads: 116
U.S. companies are desperately trying to recruit and hire skilled software engineers and developers, but there is simply not enough quality talent to go around. Tiempo Development is a nearshore software development company. Our headquarters are in AZ, but we are a pioneer and leader in outsourcing to Mexico, based on our three software development centers there. We have a proven process and we are experts at providing our customers with powerful solutions. We transform ideas into reality.
Aug. 30, 2015 06:45 AM EDT Reads: 519
Skeuomorphism usually means retaining existing design cues in something new that doesn’t actually need them. However, the concept of skeuomorphism can be thought of as relating more broadly to applying existing patterns to new technologies that, in fact, cry out for new approaches. In his session at DevOps Summit, Gordon Haff, Senior Cloud Strategy Marketing and Evangelism Manager at Red Hat, discussed why containers should be paired with new architectural practices such as microservices rathe...
Aug. 30, 2015 06:00 AM EDT Reads: 384
In their Live Hack” presentation at 17th Cloud Expo, Stephen Coty and Paul Fletcher, Chief Security Evangelists at Alert Logic, will provide the audience with a chance to see a live demonstration of the common tools cyber attackers use to attack cloud and traditional IT systems. This “Live Hack” uses open source attack tools that are free and available for download by anybody. Attendees will learn where to find and how to operate these tools for the purpose of testing their own IT infrastructu...
Aug. 30, 2015 02:00 AM EDT Reads: 391
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Aug. 30, 2015 01:00 AM EDT Reads: 428