Our highly efficient, robust catalog of automotive-grade parts includes step-down converters, step-up converters, boost converters, step-down power modules, low-dropout (LDO), supervisory circuits, and watchdog timers. These components are designed to simplify the design of LiDAR systems and reduce costs, are also engineered to minimize EMI and ensure compliance with safety requirements, so consumers and manufacturers can be confident in their vehicle.
MPS’s highly compact, accurate power management solutions provide everything you need to power the next generation of LiDAR designs.
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DESIGNING THE FEEDBACK VOLTAGE RESISTOR DIVIDER IN A DC/DC CONVERTER
The specifications of the feedback (FB) voltage resistor divider in DC-DC converters often poses various design challenges, such as determining the required resistance or adjusting parameters (e.g. output voltage, upper divider resistance or lower divider resistance). Figure 1 shows the various magnitude combinations for the FB upper and lower divider resistances. This article examines the ...
IMPROVING BATTERY SAFETY WITH THE MP2797
Modern life has become more convenient due to battery-powered applications for electric tools, vacuum cleaners, electric bikes, and outdoor power supplies for camping. As wireless charging continues to be more widely used in applications, lithium battery safety is a growing concern, so designers are looking to develop battery monitoring and protection solutions. A battery pack is made up of multi...
DESIGNING A POWER TREE FOR AN AUTOMOTIVE SOC
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and infotainment system-on-chips (SoCs) are offering increasingly higher computing power, which in turn results in higher power demands. An SoC can require more than 10 different power rails, with currents ranging from hundreds of amperes (A) to a few mA. Crafting an optimal power tree for these applications is not a trivial task. This article will discuss...
VERSAL AI EDGE (AUTOMOTIVE) FULL POWER MANAGEMENT REFERENCE DESIGN
VERSAL AI EDGE (AUTOMOTIVE) –M, H DEVICES REFERENCE DESIGN
VERSAL AI EDGE (AUTOMOTIVE) –L DEVICE REFERENCE DESIGN
EVALUATING THE TRANSIENT PERFORMANCE OF BUCK REGULATORS WITH AN INTEGRATED COMPENSATION NETWORK
Designing the compensation network for buck regulators can be tedious and may require several iterations to optimize the solution. Having an optimized control loop, which can enable fast transient response while maintaining proper stability, has become a major challenge with the emergence of new applications such as ADAS and fast transient response requirements. To address these issues, buck regul...
DOMAIN CONTROL MODULE - AUTOMOTIVE POWER STAGE FOR ADAS APPLICATIONS
Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) have experienced an astonishing evolution over the last few decades, and todays cars incorporate a large number of sensors and cameras that monitor every part of the vehicle, as well as its surroundings. As a consequence, the power requirements of these systems has increased, bringing new challenges to the power supply design. This reference design serves ...
USING EXTERNAL KNOBS TO IMPROVE TRANSIENT PERFORMANCE OF BUCK REGULATORS WITH AN INTEGRATED COMPENSATION NETWORK
The high power density requirement and board-level space constraints in modern applications — such as lighting, ADAS, and USB — call for higher integration in buck regulators. There is a trend to integrate MOSFETs and compensation networks inside the chip. This integration of the compensation network’s passive components saves cost, board space, and design iterations. However, it...
MPQ3910A REFERENCE DESIGN - HIGH VOLTAGE BOOST FOR APD IN LIDAR APPLICATIONS
Autonomous vehicles have been a hot topic for some time, but now they are staring to become a reality. To enable high degrees of autonomy, vehicles are using combined methods (cameras, radar, and LiDAR) to detect surroundings. LiDAR is a ranged device. It functions similarly to radar, but uses light waves instead of RF waves. A laser diode emits light pulses, and an advanced photodiode (APD) sens...
Start-stop functionality is an expected feature in more and more new car models from any manufacturer. However, this presents a challenge in automotive electronics design, as starting the motor in cold weather can make the battery’s voltage drop as low as 3V. This is called a “cold crank.” The power stage for most 12V automotive systems consists of a single buck converter that t...
POWER MODULES SOLVE POWER DESIGN CHALLENGES
Learn how easy-to-use, fully integrated power solutions can solve problems and bring products to market faster.
MPM MODULE HIGHLIGHTS
This video features MPS’ low voltage (6V) modules, ranging from 600mA to 3A. It highlights the benefits of using modules and MPS’ advantages. MPM Power Modules >
TRACTION INVERTER SYSTEM
An engine roaring is becoming a sound of the past, as the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow at an exponential rate. Soon the only sound will be the whirring an EV motor as the traction inverter delivers power from the battery. Traction inverters are instrumental in converting energy from the high-voltage battery (400V/800V) into three-phase AC energy to drive the vehicle’s moto...
ONBOARD CHARGING MODULE (OBCM)
Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more present every day, with the adoption of EVs growing at an exponential rate. Onboard charging (OBC) is a very important part of EVs, since it determines the maximum possible charge rate while an AC charger is connected to the vehicle. The maximum charge capability for a fully electric vehicle is typically between 6.6kW and 22kW, and for a plug-in hybrid veh...
DEVELOPING A SMART COCKPIT SOLUTION WITH MPS AND SEMIDRIVE
There are a wide array of features in a smart car’s cockpit that can enhance driving experience. For example, full LCD central control screens and high-definition displays have made user experience smoother and simpler. With the addition of voice recognition, drivers can make calls and use intelligent navigation. High-quality sound and ambient lighting provide an immersive experience while listeni...
12V TO 48V BIDIRECTIONAL CONVERTER SYSTEM
DC FAST CHARGING STATION
DC fast charging stations are becoming more common with the increased adoption of electric vehicles. Charging stations are a vital part of the infrastructure along major highways and populated suburbs, ensuring that electric vehicles have a place to charge during long-distance travel and day-to-day driving. These systems are often comprised of multiple 25kW to 75kW modules to create fast charging ...
DEVELOPING A MILLIMETER-WAVE RADAR POWER SUPPLY
Autonomous driving is one of the most popular trends in the automotive industry. Currently, commercial-level automatic driving remains at the L2/L3 level. Automotive radar technology is gaining momentum as a solution to achieve higher levels of automated driving. With the accurate perception of millimeter-wave radar, cars can autonomously make intelligent judgements and decisions. At 77GHz, mil...
POWER SUPPLY DESIGN FOR CAR INFOTAINMENT SYSTEMS (PART I)
A car’s infotainment system is an on-board, integrated information processing system based on the car’s bus body and internet. Vehicles have become more integrated and modular as consumers continue to raise expectations for driving, car information resources, entertainment, and safety. This trend has introduced new challenges to the research and development of car infotainment systems, particularl...
WHEN IS IT BENEFICIAL TO PLACE A COPPER LAYER BENEATH DC/DC POWER SUPPLIES?
Engineers often disagree on whether the inductive bottom of DC/DC power supplies should be laid with copper. The first argument is that laying copper under the inductor produces eddy currents on the ground plane. As a result, the eddy current affects the power inductor’s inductance and increases the system loss, and the ground plane noise impacts other high-speed signals. The second argument is th...
THE ROAD FROM ECUS TO DCUS
As electronic vehicles become more commonplace, electronic control units (ECUs) are becoming the standard, embedded control system for automotive electronics. ECU systems provide safety and functionality — applications using ECUs include anti-lock brakes, four-wheel drive, electronic automatic transmission, active suspension, and airbags. Gradually, the use of ECUs has extended to vehicle body saf...
SWITCH NODE LAYOUT CONSIDERATIONS FOR EMC
The switch node of a switching regulator or power converter circuit is a critical conduction path that requires special attention when designing the PCB layout. This circuit node is where one or more power semiconductor switches (such as a MOSFET or diode) connect to a magnetic energy-storing device (such as an inductor or transformer winding). The switching signals of this circuit node contain fa...
QUICK TIPS TO DIAGNOSE AND STABILIZE AN UNSTABLE SWITCHING POWER SUPPLY
An unstable power supply can cause severe system issues, such as audible noise from the passive components, unexpected jittering in the switching frequency, extreme oscillations on the output voltage during load transient events, and failures in the semiconductor switches. While there are various reasons for instability, an un-tuned compensation network accounts for majority of instability issues ...
LOW-POWER EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR LIGHTING
As automotive LED drivers replace traditional bulbs, the operation of low-power exterior and interior lighting systems have become increasingly advanced. Exterior lighting includes turn signals, side markers, rear combination lamps (RCLs), and fog lamps. Interior lighting includes button backlighting, instrument clusters, and dome and ambient lights. While improved low-power operation of exterior ...
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