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New Ultra-Compact Automotive Grade Buck DC/DC Converters

These offer high efficient and reliable supplies for sensors and cameras to contribute to the evolution of safe assisted driving

Willich-Münchheide, Germany, September 20, 2018 – ROHM has recently announced the availability of the BD9S series (BD9S400MUF-C, BD9S300MUF-C, BD9S200MUF-C, BD9S100NUX-C, BD9S000NUX-C). This series of automotive synchronous secondary buck DC/DC converters have a high reliability and low power consumption in a compact form factor with a temperature range of -40 to +125 degree. The products are offered in a leadless package with wettable flanks. This makes them very suitable for using them in applications like radars, cameras and sensors which can be used for assisted driving.

The growing demand for safety requires the adoption of accident prevention systems and the evolution of self-driving cars. This in turn requires a higher number of subsystems including sensors and camera modules, resulting in higher power consumption. At the same time, it is necessary to decrease the component size and quantities to reduce vehicle weight. In response to the challenging power supply IC requirements, ROHM delivers class-leading* performance leveraging our design and manufacturing technologies cultivated over many years along with a fully integrated production system. Our power supply ICs also contribute to improved safety, which is required in future applications.

The BD9S series is comprised of a very compact, highly efficiency automotive-grade power supply ICs that include an enable function to adjust the startup time and a PGOOD output indication to improve system functional safety.

This broad lineup of products supports output currents from 0.6 to 4.0A. It is offered in the industry-leading* 2 and 3mm2 space-saving packages that deliver high efficient operation, resulting in a best-in-class power conversion efficiency of 90% (at 3.6V input/1.8V output). Additionally, the current mode control ensures fast response to load transients and combined with a fixed 2.2MHz switching frequency, it prevents interference in the AM Band. This higher frequency allows use of smaller external components, which contributes to a higher degree of miniaturization and power savings.

Key Features

1. Enable control and Output voltage indicator to improve system reliability

These IC’s includes an enable function to adjust the startup time and a built-in output (Power Good function) indicating correct output voltage has been achieved.

2. Class-leading miniaturization and efficiency

For automotive-grade secondary buck DC/DC converters requiring greater miniaturization and high performance operation, a class-leading 2mm2 size with full synchronous operation is offered, while the optimized design ensures the best-in-class* power conversion efficiency among functionally equivalent products (90% at 3.6V input/1.8V output).
The current mode control loop with fixed 2.2MHz frequency fluctuations, makes it possible to reduce the size of peripheral components and eliminate interference from the AM radio band. A dedicated light load mode improves efficiency in the lower current load region. The result is higher miniaturization and power savings in safe driving support modules.

3. Broad lineup includes output currents up to 4.0A

ROHM offers ultra-compact models in output currents ranging from 0.6A to 4.0A. This contributes to model optimization and supports sudden system flexibility and choice.

Application Examples

  • ADAS sensors, cameras, and radars
  • Drive recorders
  • Other automotive applications requiring high efficiency, superior reliability, and greater compactness

*ROHM September, 2018 study

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