QuiCur boosts LDO automotive load response

QuiCur boosts LDO automotive load response

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By Nick Flaherty

Rohm has developed 45V rated 500mA output primary LDO regulators using its proprietary QuiCur technology to improve the load response.

The Rohm BD9xxx LDO family is suitable for supplying power to automotive electronic components such as ECUs that operate from vehicle batteries.

The ‘Quick Current’ high-speed load response circuit capable of maximizing load response characteristics (response performance) without causing instability in the feedback circuits of power supply ICs.

Stable operation of the power supply IC is also possible with minimal output capacitance. And in the case of switching regulators, which are a type of power supply IC, it is possible to linearly adjust the capacitance and output voltage fluctuation to easily achieve stable operation even when the capacitance is changed due to specification changes, significantly reducing the number of person-hours required for power circuit design – both in terms of decreasing component count and ensuring stable operation.

In recent years, the number of onboard power supply systems and functions continues has continued to grow as electrification in the automotive industry progresses. This increases the demand for primary LDOs that can convert the battery voltage directly to MCUs and other components used in ECUs. However, the energy supplied by the vehicle’s lead-acid battery is often subject to sudden voltage fluctuations, which primary LDOs provide with excellent line-transient response in these conditions.

At the same time, ECUs and other downstream devices often experience load current variations during operation that also demand excellent load-transient response characteristics. A high frequency response is essential for fast output voltage recovery, but it has been difficult to provide sufficient phase margin at the same time to ensure stable operation. In response, ROHM developed a novel solution that addresses these challenges.

The BD9xxM5-C incorporates the QuiCur high-speed load response technology that delivers excellent response characteristics to load current fluctuations. For example, the LDO can maintain output to within 100mV of set voltage even as the load changes between 0 and 500mA in 1µs (Rise time/Fall time) with a low 9.5µA (typ.) current consumption and 150°C operation and qualification under the AEC-Q100 automotive reliability standard.

The LDO devices will be available in four packages, ranging from the compact HTSOP-J8 to the high heat dissipation TO252 (TO252-3/TO252-5) and HRP5 types. This allows users to select the most suitable package for each use case.

The BD9xxM5-C meets the basic requirements for automotive products, including

The lineup will be expanded to comprise a total of 18 models, (including the TO252-3, TO252-5, and HRP5 packages) by FY2024.

BD9xxM5-C (BD933M5EFJ-C / BD950M5EFJ-C / BD900M5EFJ-C / BD933M5WEFJ-C / BD950M5WEFJ-C / BD900M5WEFJ-C)

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