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Design tools target wired, wireless infrastructure equipment

Posted: 09 May 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:power management solution? MPM 4.0?

Microsemi Corp. announces the availability of a suite of system and power management design tools for high availability wired and wireless communications infrastructure equipment. The suite is made up of Microsemi's Mixed Signal Power Manager (MPM) 4.0 reference design, which supports up to 64 power rails and mixed analog and digital point-of-loads (POLs), as well as PMBus-based communication, and an evaluation kit that can be used with the company's SmartFusion customizable SoC to enable quick product-functionality assessments.

The MPM 4.0 power management solution features a GUI to simplify the visualization of power sequencing and margining that occurs in complex high availability systems. It also supports trimming, event logging and alarm generation, and includes a reference design containing all sources files and firmware, allowing customers to customize products and support a mix of power rails.

An evaluation kit to accelerate initial design testing and experimentation is also offered. The kit includes Microsemi's SEU-immune SmartFusion cSoC, which is offered in standard or military temperatures in a variety of packages. SmartFusion devices include an integrated FPGA, an ARM Cortex-M3 processor, and programmable analog in a single device. The kit also includes Microsemi's NX9415 3.3 V and LX9610 1.5 V nominal regulators. Additional features include support of up to 64 channels; support for analog and digital POL; PMBus support for digital POL; and margining and trimming for analog POL.

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