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For the First Time Ever, Panasonic's Image Analysis Technology “3D Tracking” Integrated into Live TV Broadcast of World Cup Volleyball 2019

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation (hereafter referred to as “Panasonic”) developed its image analysis technology, “3D tracking” to make headway in the sports business. And this technology is being integrated into Fuji TV’s live broadcast of World Cup Volleyball 2019 being held from September 14 to October 15, 2019. This is the first time that this technology has been integrated into any TV broadcast. World Cup Volleyball is held every 4 years by FIVB (International Volleyball Federation) and it is one of the big 3 tournaments on par with the Olympic Games and the World Volleyball Championships.
“3D tracking” technology integrated into the World Cup calculates the trajectory, speed, height, angle, etc. of the ball and other objects by gauging in real-time the 3D location data of the relevant objects using images from multiple cameras. Within the broadcast, the 3D tracking data will be applied to Fuji TV’s volleyball analysis display system, “Motion Scouter (displays the height and speed of serves and spikes)” and “Trace Vision (displays the trajectory of the ball and the angle of serve receives, the time it took from the toss to spike)” and overlaid onto replay footage. This will provide the audience a new viewing experience that integrates a scientific approach by providing footage of the athletes’ performance and the progression of the game, but also various relevant data.
With 2020 on the horizon, interest in sports will continue to amplify. By further developing and providing its 3D tracking technology to other sports, Panasonic will help bring to life a new spectating experience as well as a tool for athletes to hone their skills.
World Cup Volleyball 2019 Fuji TV Broadcasting Schedule
Live broadcast of all 22 Japan national team matchesWomen’s- September 14 (Sat) vs Dominican Republic- September 15 (Sun) vs Russia- September 16 (Mon / Holiday) vs Korea- September 18 (Wed) vs Cameroon- September 19 (Thurs) vs China- September 22 (Sun) vs USA- September 23 (Mon / Holiday) vs Kenya- September 24 (Tue) vs Brazil- September 27 (Fri) vs Serbia- September 28 (Sat) vs Argentina- September 29 (Sun) vs NetherlandsMen’s- October 1 (Tue) vs Italy- October 2 (Wed) vs Poland- October 4 (Fri) vs Tunisia- October 5 (Sat) vs USA- October 6 (Sun) vs Argentina- October 9 (Wed) vs Australia- October 10 (Thurs) vs Russia- October 11 (Fri) vs Egypt- October 13 (Sun) vs Iran- October 14 (Mon / Holiday) vs Brazil- October 15 (Tue) vs Canada
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Large Anechoic Chamber for Evaluating Communication Performance of a Whole Vehicle with 5G Equipment

Osaka, Japan–Panasonic Corporation has announced today that it has built one of Japan’s largest anechoic chambers*1in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Pref. to evaluate the communication performance of a whole vehicle through omni-direction while autonomous and connected cars are expected to rapidly become equipped with 5G equipment.
Radio equipment and antennas for 5G communication, which achieves broadband communication by using multiple antennas (MIMO*2, beamforming*3), may not provide their actual or discrete performance when they are incorporated into vehicles owing to the reflection of radio waves on the body and electromagnetic noise from other electronic devices. In this anechoic chamber, the communication performance of a whole vehicle can be efficiently evaluated.
The chamber also contributes to determining the optimum positioning of 5G radio equipment and antennas that satisfy both the vehicle design concept and communication performance in the early stage of vehicle design with an automobile manufacturer.
The evaluation system in this anechoic chamber has the following features:
1. Efficient omnidirectional evaluation
2. Evaluation of MIMO antenna communication performance
3. Evaluation of beamforming performance
While rotating the turntable on which a vehicle is placed through a full 360 degrees, the system can conduct omnidirectional evaluation by moving the simulated base station tower along an arc and changing the distance between the tower and the vehicle. The system can simultaneously evaluate data at up to 200 frequencies and achieves high measurement efficiency. Furthermore, Panasonic’s antenna engineers analyze measured data from each antenna and provide communication performance evaluation results of complicated MIMO antennas and beamforming.
[Specifications of the radio evaluation system for vehicles]

Chamber dimensions
:29 m(D)×21 m(W)×9 m(H)
Tower height
:8 m
Evaluation radius
:0-7 m
Frequency
:700 MHz-9 GHz and 28 GHz band*Frequencies other than the above can be used.
Simultaneous evaluation
:200 frequencies
Polarization
:Vertical and horizontal polarization
Evaluation angle
:Horizontal angle:0-359° in steps of 1°Elevation angle:0-90° in steps of 1°

*1)The chamber is owned by Panasonic System Networks Evaluation Technology Co., Ltd.
*2)MIMO, an abbreviation for Multiple Input Multiple Output, is a technique that increases transfer rate by sending/receiving signals using multiple antennas.
*3)Beamforming is a technique that improves communication quality by focusing signals in a specific direction.
About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. The company, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018, has expanded globally and now operates 582 subsidiaries and 87 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 8.003 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2019. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic:https://www.panasonic.com/global.

Ultra-low quiescent current delivers longer battery life

TI’s TPS7A02 ultra-low-power LDO linear voltage regulator claims the industry’s lowest quiescent current of sub-25 nA, and doubles the battery life for applications using standard battery chemistries
By Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio, contributing writer
One of the most critical challenges in electronic design today is to reduce energy consumption. Power management is an important design consideration for many devices, particularly those that rely on a battery for operation. As a result, most systems use various power management operating modes.
Functions like standby, sleep, power save, hibernate, and shutdown are critical for designers to reduce power consumption and extend battery life. During each mode, the currents can easily vary from a few mA to nA during sleep phases.
The advent of wearable devices has made this task difficult, due in part to the need to use small batteries to ensure small factors. The trend toward smaller batteries to accommodate decidedly smaller, lighter, and more powerful electronics has led to several compromises. The internet of things (IoT) and all connected devices have increased this need, requiring a reliable operating mode for an extended period and in a variety of operating conditions. Battery-powered systems require careful partitioning, tight space utilization, and efficient use of the available charge.
The high efficiency of these devices is demonstrated above all during the necessary standby phase for an extended time. In these cases, the energy consumption is defined by the quiescent current (IQ), different from the shutdown current. It is the operating condition of the circuit when it is not controlling any load. The quiescent current is commonly confused with the quenching current, which is the current absorbed when a device is turned off, but the battery is still connected to the system.
Why ultra-low quiescent current?
While the active current consumption is an important factor for extending the life of a battery, the time of use of the battery itself also depends on the other operating modes, in particular, that of standby. The absorption current during the standby phase (Iq) must allow the device to wake up at any time to execute the requests from the microcontroller.
The Iq is the main exponent for the standby power consumption of an electronic system, and is an important design parameter in the modern low-power DC/DC converters used in power management circuits. Iq enables the evaluation of different factors like power dissipation for small loads.
Power management is generally made up of regulators, such as switching ones that increase or reduce the voltage or those with low dropout (LDO). Some involve more architecture and perhaps even a charger. Reducing Iq increases efficiency and, therefore, increases battery life by consuming less battery power.
Power design
Power management circuits include several DC/DC solutions for supplying the sub-components of the device, such as sensors and microcontrollers (MCUs). A low-power MCU influences the energy efficiency of the entire system. MCUs are available in different shapes, sizes, and architectures, but for a connected IoT device, a 32-bit ARM microcontroller is a good bet. These MCUs are well supported by multiple manufacturers, and it is relatively easy to develop robust and portable software.
The manufacturing processes to produce the electronic components also affect energy efficiency. For example, advanced CMOS processes help ensure proper battery usage while reducing consumption. The designers need to balance capacities and dimensions with efficient power management techniques. Increasing the energy efficiency of a system is a common way to offer long battery life.
The power management part involves the use of voltage supervisors to ensure that the entire power system works appropriately. If the voltage is interrupted, the monitoring solution must signal the error condition so that the rest of the system can shut down correctly. The quick start delay allows the detection of a voltage fault before the rest of the system turns on, providing maximum safety in dangerous conditions. Texas Instruments’ (TI) TPS3840 Nanopower high-input voltage supervisor with manual reset and programmable-reset time delay offers this type of solution with high accuracy (Fig. 1). 
Fig. 1: A functional block diagram of the TPS3840.
With the mobile device portfolio growing every year, lithium-ion batteries require special care with a specialized charge cycle to maximize cell life. Battery charging for wearables is challenging because batteries must be both small in size and capacity.
TI also offers the  BQ25619, a new switching integrated battery charger (IC) that supports a termination current of 20 mA. It enables 7% higher battery capacity, and reduces battery leakage down to 6% in ship mode. This device provides designs for more efficient medical and personal electronics applications such as hearing aids.
DC/DC solutions
The selection of the right power management devices for the application is linked to the architecture of the DC/DC solution. Elements that should be considered when selecting a DC/DC solution include the quiescent current (an ever-lower value always represents the ideal choice), and efficiency (the higher the percentage, the better the battery life will be). The ideal is to have an efficiency of >90% at the level of µA. Another parameter is the input voltage range that allows operation even in an almost “dead” battery condition.
Power management integrated circuits (PMICs) include over a dozen LDOs. LDOs are also integrated into microprocessors, graphics processing units (GPUs), and many other on-chip systems (SoCs). The two main categories of voltage regulators are linear voltage regulators (LDO) and switching regulators.
There is certainly a significant use of switching power supplies due to the advantages they offer in terms of power density and overall efficiency. However, LDOs are used due to their low noise output voltage, small size, and low cost compared to switching regulators. There is usually a compromise between achieving a very low Iq and at the same time complying with other key parameters such as excellent dynamic performance, low output noise, and high-power noise rejection.
TI introduced an ultra-low-power, low-dropout (LDO) linear voltage regulator, the TPS7A02, which claims the industry’s lowest Iq of sub-25 nA — one-tenth that of competing ultra-small devices. The new controller allows engineers to at least double battery life, and claims best-in-class transient response for faster wake-up, improving application response times and dynamic performance.
In addition, the small footprint enables designers to reduce the size of the end products, making it a winning choice for all wearable applications. 
The TPS7A02 can shrink the solution size by 70%, enabling engineers to add more functionality to their designs in space-constrained applications or lower system cost by using smaller boards.
The TPS7A02 is used in low-power applications such as in grid infrastructure, building automation, and medical equipment (Fig. 2). By using the device in wireless video doorbell and security camera designs, engineers can achieve 24 months or more of battery life (up to four times the industry standard).
“As consumers expect to recharge or replace batteries less often, there’s an increasing demand for electronics that offer extended battery life, higher efficiency, and smaller size. Low quiescent current plays a key role in helping engineers address all of those challenges,” said Mike Beckman, vice president, Texas Instruments. “That’s why Texas Instruments continues to focus on developing and delivering innovative, low-Iq DC/DC converters, LDOs, battery management systems, and other power supply elements that help engineers solve design challenges surrounding small, low-power, long-lasting industrial and personal electronics.”
Fig. 2: A block diagram of the TPS7A02.
TI also offers the TPS62840, an ultra-low-power switching regulator with operating IQ at 60 nA. The wide input voltage (VIN) range of 1.8 V to 6.5 V supports a variety of battery chemistries and configurations. It finds applications in many battery-powered, always-on industrial and personal electronics applications, including narrow-band IoT, grid infrastructure equipment, and wearables (Fig. 3).
Fig. 3: A TPS62840 evaluation board.
Both ICs operate at very low levels of quiescent current, offering a simple solution to help improve the battery life of any battery-powered device. An essential reduction in the quiescent current could make the difference in an application running for a few seconds, minutes, hours, or even days.

Foil Capacitor Market Research Report|Players are Aerovox ,K&K Audio,TDK and AVX

Sep 16, 2019 (AmericaNewsHour) — The report forecast global Foil Capacitor market to grow to reach xxx Million USD in 2019 with a CAGR of xx% during the period 2020-2024.The report offers detailed coverage of Foil Capacitor industry and main market trends. The market research includes historical and forecast market data, demand, application details, price trends, and company shares of the leading Foil Capacitor by geography. The report splits the market size, by volume and value, on the basis of application type and geography.First, this report covers the present status and the future prospects of the global Foil Capacitor market for 2015-2024.
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K&K Audio
Shenzhen Surong Capacitors
Alcon Electronics
TDK
Mitsubishi Aluminum
AVX
And in this report, we analyze global market from 5 geographies: Asia-Pacific[China, Southeast Asia, India, Japan, Korea, Western Asia], Europe[Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Switzerland], North America[United States, Canada, Mexico], Middle East & Africa[GCC, North Africa, South Africa], South America[Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Peru].
At the same time, we classify Foil Capacitor according to the type, application by geography. More importantly, the report includes major countries market based on the type and application.Finally, the report provides detailed profile and data information analysis of leading Foil Capacitor company.Key Content of Chapters as follows (Including and can be customized) :Part 1:Market Overview, Development, and Segment by Type, Application & RegionPart 2:Company information, Sales, Cost, Margin etc.Part 3:Global Market by company, Type, Application & GeographyPart 4:Asia-Pacific Market by Type, Application & GeographyPart 5:Europe Market by Type, Application & GeographyPart 6:North America Market by Type, Application & GeographyPart 7:South America Market by Type, Application & GeographyPart 8:Middle East & Africa Market by Type, Application & GeographyPart 9:Market FeaturesPart 10:Investment OpportunityPart 11:ConclusionMarket Segment as follows:
By RegionAsia-Pacific[China, Southeast Asia, India, Japan, Korea, Western Asia]Europe[Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Switzerland]North America[United States, Canada, Mexico]Middle East & Africa[GCC, North Africa, South Africa]South America[Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Peru]
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Top five product stories for the week of Sept. 9

Last week’s hot products ranged from enclosures and AI chips to power and battery management ICs
By Gina Roos, editor-in-chief
Power and battery management chips were top of mind for product designers last week. Power management is key to delivering higher efficiency and maximizing battery life as well as lowering total system costs across end markets. However, enclosure trends such as greater security, cooling and connectivity, garnered the most interest. New artificial intelligence (AI) chips and strategies also held the attention of engineers as more products and technologies become AI enabled.
1. Enclosure designs deliver more options
Enclosures and cabinets are becoming more application-specific and feature greater security, cooling, weatherproofing, and connectivity choices than previous offerings
2. Hot Chips 2019 highlights new AI strategies
Machine learning and neural network processing took center stage at this year’s Hot Chips event with two different approaches to AI chips emerging
3. Achieving energy efficiency on the factory floor
Energy-saving chips, like power modules, microprocessors, and FPGAs, are one piece of the puzzle in driving energy efficiency in factory automation.
4. Top 10 power management ICs for Industry 4.0
Power management ICs are becoming more highly integrated for Industry 4.0, packing advanced features that deliver higher efficiency and eliminate the need for many external components
5. Battery management IC extends battery cell life for EVs
Renesas’ automotive-grade battery management IC maximizes battery cell life and driving range for hybrid and electric vehicles

LUMIX S1H Firmware Development Underway for Maximum 5.9K/29.97p RAW Video Data Output to Atomos Ninja V

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation has announced the development of a firmware program for the LUMIX S1H full-frame mirrorless camera which enables the output of maximum 5.9K/29.97p RAW video data to the Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR monitor-recorder over HDMI. The program is scheduled to be launched in early 2020.
The LUMIX S1H is the world’s first camera to combine the professional-level video quality and high mobility of the mirrorless camera. It is capable of video recording at 6K/24p(*1) (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/29.97p (16:9 aspect ratio), and 10-bit 59.94p 4K/C4K.(*2) (*3) The LUMIX S1H will be introduced to the global market from late September, 2019.
Panasonic has established a good partnership with Atomos, a global company that creates video equipment for professional film creators, through the development of digital cameras such as the achievement of 4:2:2 10-bit 4K video output over HDMI in the LUMIX GH Series of cameras.
Working together with Atomos, a new firmware program that enables maximum 5.9K/29.97p as well as C4K(*3)/59.94p RAW video data over HDMI has been developed. With this firmware program, the Apple ProRes RAW can be recorded on Atomos Ninja V, which is one of Panasonic’s commitments to provide innovative solutions for professional film creation.
The LUMIX S1H prototype installing this firmware program will be exhibited along with the Atomos Ninja V in the Panasonic booth (Booth No. C45, Hall 11) at the IBC2019 (International Broadcasting Convention) to be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, through 13-17 September, 2019.
*1 As a full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of August 27, 2019. Panasonic research.*2 As a full-frame digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of August 27, 2019. Panasonic research. In Super 35mm-equivalent size.*3 Corresponding to 4K (4096×2160) as defined by Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI).
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Automated Facial Recognition Gates for Passport Control at Airports in Japan [Panasonic]

Panasonic Corporation announced that it will be providing additional automated facial recognition gates for use at an expanded number of airports in Japan and also for newly expanded use in departure procedures for foreign travelers. The additional order will bring the total number of automated gates to 203 units across the country (123 units to be used for foreign nationals).Press Release: https://news.panasonic.com/global/press/data/2019/08/en190830-4/en190830-4.htmlPanasonic’s Facial Recognition Technologyhttps://security.panasonic.com/solutions_application/application_solutions/facial_recognition/

Three-in-one battery charger claims lowest quiescent current

TI’s three-in-one switching boost converter delivers the industry’s lowest quiescent current, increasing battery capacity and life in small medical and personal electronics devices
By Gina Roos, editor-in-chief
A new switching battery charger IC from Texas Instruments (TI) supports a termination current of 20 mA, compared to competing devices that typically support higher than 60 mA. This enables a 7% higher battery capacity and longer run time, and can double the shelf life of ready-to-use electronics by reducing the battery leakage down to 6 µA in ship mode.
The new BQ25619 charger’s settable top-off timer further increases run time, enabling users to charge their devices less frequently. The device consumes only 10 µA while in battery-only operation to support standby systems, and offers 95% efficiency at a 4.6-V and 0.5-A output.
In addition, the battery charger delivers three-in-one boost converter integration and ultra-fast charging. The device integrates a charge, boost converter, and voltage protection, while eliminating the need for an external inductor. It also requires just a single power device due to its integrated bidirectional buck or boost topology.
Target applications include medical and personal electronics devices such as hearing aids, earbuds and wireless charging cases, IP network cameras, patient monitoring devices, and personal care applications.
The BQ25619 is available now through the TI store and authorized distributors. Offered in a 24-pin wafer quad flatpack no-lead (WQFN) package, the charger is priced at $1.45 in quantities of 1,000. The 30-pin BQ25618, with similar features, will be offered in a smaller wafer chip-scale package (WCSP) in the third quarter of 2019. An evaluation module, the BQ25619EVM, is available for $99.

Top 10 power management ICs for Industry 4.0

Power management ICs are becoming more highly integrated for Industry 4.0, packing advanced features that deliver higher efficiency and eliminate the need for many external components
By Maurizio Di Paolo Emilio, contributing writer
The industrial sector is heading toward complete digitalization, and power management is playing a significant role in the industry’s transformation to smart factories and industrial internet of things (IIoT). Industry 4.0 not only promotes new technologies and intelligent products, but also expands the production sector with new business models through mobile solutions, such as wireless nodes.
Energy management must meet design challenges as the industrial sector evolves and the convergence of IoT, data analysis, and cloud computing leads to new complex and connected industrial systems and ecosystems similar to the evolution of electric and autonomous vehicles. Environmental considerations such as CO2 reduction, cost challenges, and the evolving regulatory framework make efficient energy management a vital part of the industry.
The power management IC market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.13% from 2016 to 2022. Power management ICs (PMICs) provide a highly integrated, high-performance architecture for a wide range of application categories, such as networking, telecommunications, automotive, and consumer electronics. PMICs offer various integrated options, such as protection, system control, battery management, audio functions, and other application-specific specifications.
Here are 10 products from leading providers that deliver the efficiency and flexibility needed for Industry 4.0 segments, including smart factories, smart manufacturing, and IIoT.
Maxim Integrated Products Inc., MAX20075 step-down converter
Maxim Integrated has extensive experience in addressing power requirements for a variety of industrial sectors. These solutions can manage different battery-based applications, which can be used in sensing solutions for the IoT network. Compact dimensions, high operating efficiency, low quiescent current, and reduction of electromagnetic interference (EMI) are the key features of Maxim’s power ICs.  
Fig. 1: Maxim’s MAX20075. (Image: Maxim Integrated)
One example is the MAX20075, a synchronous step-down converter with low quiescent current. The device automatically enters skip mode at light loads with ultra-low quiescent current of 3.5 μA at no load. The MAX20075 offers high peak efficiency of 91% for applications that are always-on, and a tolerance of 40 V of overload (Fig. 1). The device can be used in a variety of industrial applications, as well as automotive ones. It offers two fixed 5-V and 3.3-V output voltages. The frequency is set internally at 2.1 MHz, which allows for small external components, a reduction in output ripple, and attenuation of AM interference. The device offers pin-enabled spread-spectrum-frequency modulation to minimize EMI-radiated emissions due to the modulation frequency.
Texas Instruments Inc., TPS62840 & TPS650250 PMICs
Texas Instruments (TI) satisfies power management challenges through a series of solutions for any application, from automotive to high-voltage designs based on gallium nitride (GaN). The combination of operating parameters allows the creation of innovative solutions.
The TPS62840 is a synchronous step-down converter characterized by a low quiescent current (IQ), typically 60 nA. This switching regulator makes it possible to increase battery life in battery-powered industrial and consumer applications, such as those in the IoT sector, network infrastructure, and wearable devices.
Fig. 2: A block diagram of the TPS62840. (Image: Texas Instruments Inc.)
TI PMICs provide industrial system power solutions for processors such as Sitara, NXP i.MX, Intel Apollo Lake/Skylake, and Xilinx/Altera FPGAs in home and factory automation, human-machine interfaces, and other industrial applications. Controller-based PMICs are also available to solve thermal problems through various packaging solutions.
One solution is the TPS650250 integrated PMIC, which is suitable for applications that require multiple power rails. It offers three highly efficient step-down converters designed to provide network voltage, peripherals, I/O, and memory buses in a processor-based system. All three step-down converters, controlled by the MODE pin, enter low-power mode at light load for maximum efficiency or operate in PWM mode with fixed-forced frequency.
The TPS650250 device integrates two 200-mA general-purpose LDO voltage regulators. Both LDOs operate with an input voltage range of 1.5 V to 6.5 V. The output voltage of all the rails can be set with an external resistance divider and enabled with an input pin. Furthermore, a 30-mA LDO is typically used to supply power to an always-on rail.
ROHM Semiconductor, BD71847AMWV PMIC
Most industrial devices currently in use operate at high voltages between 24 V and 72 V, which is incompatible with the 3.3 V to 12 V required for electronic circuits. ROHM’s industrial DC/DC line includes products that support a wide range of input voltages with high-efficiency output voltages.
The BD71847AMWV is the latest addition to ROHM’s PMIC product portfolio, designed specifically for NXP’s i.MX processors. In addition to DC/DC converters, which at 95% efficiency are among the best in the industry, ROHM’s PMIC features a programmable sequencer for flexible power control and management, a hardware control interface for i.MX 8M Mini, sleep clock buffers, and protection functions. The PMIC integrates six DC/DC buck converters, six LDO regulators, a 1.8-V/3.3-V power switch for SDXC cards, 32-kHz crystal drivers and output clocks, protection and monitoring circuits, as well as a programmable sequencer and the control logic for power status.
Fig. 3: A system power map and a typical application circuit of the BD1847AMWV. (Image: ROHM Semiconductor)
ROHM’s high-efficiency step-down switching regulator, the BD9106FVM-LB, is designed to produce a low voltage, including 1 V from a 5-V power supply line. It employs a current-mode-control system to provide faster transient response to a sudden change in load.
Analog Devices Inc., LTC3372 controller and LTM4700 regulator module
The LTC3372 from Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) is a highly integrated power management solution for systems that require multiple low-voltage outputs generated by input voltages up to 60 V. The device offers a 60-V synchronous buck switching controller and four configurable synchronous buck regulators. The LTC3372’s buck controller provides an input range from 4.5 V to 60 V and drives an N-channel MOSFET power stage. Each buck channel can be programmed to adjust a minimum output voltage of 0.8 V, with a configurable output up to 4 A. 
Fig. 4: A block diagram of the LTC3372. (Image: Analog Devices Inc.)
In addition, ADI offers a range of µModule Power products by Linear, which includes the LTM4700 module that enables increased density for servers in data centers, with a minimum impact on system size and cooling costs. The highly integrated component-on-package includes memory, data conversion circuits, and a digital interface.
Microchip Technology Inc., MCP19122/3 buck controllers
Microchip Technology has a rapidly expanding portfolio of DC/DC controller products for the mobile and industrial device markets. The Digitally-Enhanced Power Analog (DEPA) controllers represent the best products in the class designed to provide high efficiency in a small form factor.
The DEPA MCP19122 and MCP19123 buck controllers can accept a high-voltage input, up to 42 V, and simultaneously adjust a wide range of output voltages, from 0.3 V to 16 V, without the need for an external component or driver. Multiple outputs in parallel offer system redundancy for high-power applications. The MCP19122/3 are suited for high-performance intelligent power applications.
Fig. 5: A block diagram of the MCP19122/3. (Image: Microchip Technology Inc.)
The integrated PIC microcontroller can dynamically adjust operating frequency, over- and under-voltage block threshold, current limits, and soft-start, as well as program the output voltage, output current, and maximum duty cycle. Improving integration in larger systems, the device can synchronize with an external reference clock and voltage, or provide its clock and internal references to other devices for synchronization. In servers or communications equipment, this allows enhancements without discontinuity and accurate tracking of energy consumption through the board.
ST Microelectronics, ST1PS01 DC/DC converter
ST Microelectronics’ ST1PS01 DC/DC converter is an attempt to overcome the trade-offs between form factor and energy efficiency. The converter, housed in a flip-chip package (1.14 x 144 mm), provides an output current up to 400 mA with an input voltage between 1.8 V and 5 V. Thanks to the enhanced peak current control (PCC) and advanced design circuitry, the ST1PS01 minimizes the quiescent current and achieves a very high-efficiency conversion using only a 2.2 µH inductor and two small capacitors.
Fig. 6: Application schematic of the ST1PS01. (Image: ST Microelectronics)
NXP Semiconductors, MMPF0200 configurable PMIC
NXP Semiconductors offers PMIC solutions to support various industrial applications. The key feature of these PMICs is their flexibility in programming with high levels of integration and efficiency. PMICs can be used in a wide range of devices to extend battery life and reduce energy dissipation while eliminating many external components. Advanced features, such as precise power sequencing and low-dropout voltage, ensure optimized energy consumption.
Fig. 7: A block diagram of the MMPF0200. (Image: NXP Semiconductors)
The MMPF0200 with SMARTMOS technology offers a configurable and programmable architecture. The MMPF0200 can supply energy for a complete industrial system through four buck converters, a boost regulator, six linear regulators, and a button charger. The device is particularly suitable for the i.MX 6SoloLite, i.MX 6Solo, and i.MX 6DualLite versions of the i.MX 6 family of devices.
Conclusion
Power management aims to optimize production costs, reduce CO2 emissions, and ensure a safe and reliable supply. In an Industry 4.0 environment, flexible production capacity and energy efficiency require flexible integrated systems.
The key to energy management is using high-efficiency DC/DC solutions, ensuring that the processor is in a low-power standby mode as much as possible, and reducing wireless communications to the minimum. In addition, the selection of the correct active and passive components will significantly contribute to reducing the energy profile of the sensor nodes used in the various industrial subsystems.

80-W DC/DC converter provides 10-year warranty

Cosel’s rugged 80-W DC/DC converter delivers long life and high efficiency for demanding applications
By Gina Roos, editor-in-chief
Cosel Co, Ltd. released a high reliability 80-W DC/DC converter, the MGF80, with a failure rate of less than 30 parts-per-million (ppm). All components used in the manufacture of the supply are selected for a very long lifetime, enabling the company to guarantee a 10-year warranty.
Designed for a range of demanding applications, the MGF80 series is available in two input voltage ranges: 9 V to 36 V, and 18 V to 76 V. A single-output version, the MGFS80, is available in four output voltages — 3.3, 5, 12, and 15 V, and can be adjusted within a range of +/-10% using a resistor bridge or potentiometer. A dual-output version, the MGFW80, is available in two, factory-trimmed output voltages, +/-12V and +/-1 5V.
Synchronous rectification and soft-switching technology contribute to the MGF80 series’ 94% typical efficiency. The MGF80 series operates over a  temperature range of -40°C to 85°C with a maximum case temperature of 110°C. Other features include overcurrent and overvoltage protection, and thermal protection that switches the unit off when the maximum allowable safe temperature is reached.
The devices have passed three-axis vibration testing equivalent to 10G and shock testing of 50G. Applications include industrial, IoT, and mobile equipment, particularly in demanding applications.
The MGF80 devices are packaged in a six-sided, brass, nickel-plated housing in an industry standard 50.8 × 25.4 × 9.9 mm (2 × 1 × 0.39 in.) footprint. The series provides an input-output isolation of 1500 VDC, and an input and output to case isolation of 1,000 VDC. It is UL62368-1, C-UL [CSA62368-1) and EN62368-1 approved, and has a CE mark 2014/35/EU. The MGFS80 and MGFW80 are RoHS compliant.