Using FluxLinkTM safety-isolated communication technology, InnoSwitch™ combines primary- and secondary-switcher circuitry to reduce component count, eliminate slow and unreliable optocouplers, outperform primary-side controllers and slash manufacturing costs. InnoSwitch ICs combine primary, secondary and feedback circuits in a single, worldwide safety-rated, surface-mount package.
This whitepaper describes how to use an integrated development environment to configure and generate initialization code and peripheral drivers ideally suited to your needs without studying the MCU docs--from pin muxing through application-specific parts. See how to develop a simple application or proof-of-concept quickly without in-depth programming knowledge.
Learn how MCCI utilized Total Phase’s Beagle™ USB 480 Protocol Analyzer and Data Center software with their own custom application to decode RNDIS protocol and meet their advanced debugging requirements. While this case study focuses on RNDIS decoding; it also serves as a template for developers to implement their own custom decoding applications.
Few applications have the level of wasted heat, vibration and multiple available power sources as that of automotive applications. While ambient energy abounds across multiple systems in all vehicles, until recently, 70 percent of the energy released from a car was lost, predominately as heat. Today, greater percentages of heat, vibration and unutilized power are being captured, harnessed and used to charge the batteries in electric and hybrid vehicles.
Does using a module let you save costs over the complete lifetime of the project?
1. Concept phase: Feasibility study, analysis of components, time and personnel requirements is approximately $70,000 for an i.MX6 based project. This can be reduced to $27,000 if using an embedded module.
2. Circuit diagram: Preparing a circuit diagram with an integrated processor and memory is going to cost $30,000. Using an embedded module reduces the complexity and can bring this cost down to $6,500.
3. Layout: Since the application board is simpler to put together with a modular design, $13,500 to $15,000 will usually suffice. With an integrated processor costs can be double.
4. Software: The module is delivered with BSPs for a number of different OSs and/or RTOSs. If these have to be developed then the cost can be at least $50,000.
5. Testing: As a rule integrated designs require more complex testing and cost difference can be as much as $30,000.
Bottom Line: The additional costs for an integrated design can amount to $300,000 not counting the costs of redesigns and interest charges. Comments
Renesas has recently introduced a number of new ICs for microcontroller power supply systems. When you have an MCU with standby modes in the nanoamp range, how much energy does that save when the multiple switching and LDO supplies that support it stay fully powered up? Not so much. That’s the problem that Renesas’ new Simple Power Supply ICs address. More