Renesas Electronics Simplifies Power Supply Design for Automotive Surround View Camera Systems

January 9, 2020 Tiera Oliver

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the ISL78083, an integrated power management IC (PMIC) that simplifies power supply design for use in multiple HD camera modules, reducing development cycles, bill of materials (BOM) cost and supply chain risks. The automotive camera PMIC accepts direct-from-battery (36-42V) or power-over-coax (15-18V) supply sources and supports output currents up to 750mA per output. This power level offers ample headroom for existing image sensors up to 7-megapixel and future sensors with even higher resolution.

According to the company, the ISL78083 PMIC supports the, “automotive surround view camera systems beyond the image processing capabilities of the R-Car SoC and into the design of the HD satellite cameras," said Niall Lyne, Senior Director, Automotive Business Unit at Renesas. "Cameras designed with the ISL78083 are smaller and can be conveniently mounted in vehicle locations that provide the desired surround view camera angles without negatively impacting style or aerodynamics."

The 4-channel ISL78083 automotive camera PMIC includes a primary high-voltage synchronous buck regulator, two secondary low-voltage synchronous buck regulators, and a low-dropout (LDO) voltage regulator. With integrated feedback and integrated compensation, all that is left to complete the power supply is the output inductor and capacitors. The ISL78083 minimizes BOM cost, requiring 7-10 less external components compared to competing solutions. The ISL78083 also features four overvoltage (OV) and four undervoltage (UV) monitors, three power-good indicators and a reset output/fault indicator. A second reference is supplied for the OV/UV monitors.

Key Features of ISL78083 Automotive Camera PMIC:
• Input voltage of 4V to 42V supports power-over-coax or direct from a 12V battery power source
• Three buck regulators provide programmable output ranges from 1V to 5.05V, and the LDO supports 2.8V to 3.4V
• 2.2MHz switching frequency avoids AM band interference and shrinks the required output capacitance and inductance
• An optional spread spectrum feature addresses EMC/EMI interference challenges
• Wettable flank package improves reliability of solder connections and enables optical inspection of solder joints for lower cost manufacturing
• AEC-Q100 Grade-1 qualified for ambient operation from -40°C to +125°C, and junction temperature from -40°C to +150°C

Availability
Mass production quantities of the ISL78083 automotive camera PMIC are available now in a 4mm x 4mm, 24-lead SCQFN wettable flank package.

For more information, please visit: https://www.renesas.com/us/en/

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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