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PMIC aims at MOST networks in cars

Posted: 13 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power management IC? MOST networks?


STMicroelectronics has launched what it claims as the industry's first integrated power management solution for Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) networks. Optimized for in car multimedia and infotainment applications, the MOST network was originally developed for the automotive industry, but also has a wide range of applications in other industries. MOST technology primarily allows for a range of multimedia devices, such as CD or DVD players, car radios and personal navigation devices, to be added into the car environment with minimal effort.

Smart chip
The L5961 power management IC, which has been designed in cooperation with fabless semiconductor manufacturer SMSC to work with that company's MOST network processors, includes both the power supply and MOST-compliant power-management control logic, together with enhanced diagnostic and full system monitoring (power supply, network status, wake-up events, temperature).

A chipset combining the L5961 power management IC and SMSC network processor can serve as a building block in any MOST network node and provides more independence from the individual applications that are connected to the network, in terms of turn-on/off timing and device failure, for example. Additionally, the combined chipset, once validated, can be placed in any MOST application without having to be redesigned and revalidated each time.

The current solution in the industry uses discrete components to implement the power management for MOST network nodes. ST's integration of both the power management control logic and power supply within the L5961 thus provides several key advantages for automotive OEMs, including significant PCB space savings, lower cost, lower cost of ownership and lower standby-mode power consumption, helping to meet specifications recently issued by many leading car manufacturers.

In particular, the device features multiple power modes, including an Ultra-Zero Power Mode that offers a typical quiescent current of only 5?A, a considerably lower value than that achieved with discrete components. The overall offering is a cost- and space-optimized solution that provides considerable advantages in terms of reproducibility and fail-safe behavior of the application.

Additional features
Other features of the L5961include: an integrated 5V or 3.3V, 650mA DC/DC converter, which supplies the network processor and can also supply power to an external low-voltage application; two voltage regulators to supply power to the fiber-optic transmitter and fiber-optic receiver; a diagnostic transceiver for the network PHY; and the integration of three battery detectors for voltage monitoring, which are currently stand-alone functions in discrete component solutions.

Available in PowerSSO36 packages, or in the PowerSO36 option for applications requiring a higher thermal dissipation, engineering samples of the L5961 are now available to lead customers. Full qualification of the L5961, ready for volume production, is planned for Q3 08. The L5961 is priced at $3 in quantities of 1,000.

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