System and power management design tools manage up to 64 power rails and support PMBus

May 01, 2012 // By Paul Buckley
Microsemi Corporation has introduced a suite of system and power management design tools for high availability wired and wireless communications infrastructure equipment.

The new design tools include 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.

The company also offers an evaluation kit that can be used with Microsemi’s SmartFusion customisable system-on-chip solution (cSoC) to enable quick product-functionality assessments.

Microsemi’s MPM 4.0 power management solution includes a graphical user interface that simplifies the visualization of the power sequencing and margining that occurs in complex high availability systems. In addition, trimming, event logging and alarm generation are supported. MPM 4.0 also includes a reference design containing all sources files and firmware, allowing customers to customise 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 analogue in a single device. The kit also includes Microsemi’s NX9415 3.3 V and LX9610 1.5 V nominal regulators.

Availability and Pricing

Microsemi’s new power management evaluation kit DMPM-DC-KIT is in stock and priced at $349. The graphical interface and reference design are available now to qualified customers at no charge.

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