By Gary Macdonald, Strategic Marketing Manager
The connected car of the future may bear a closer resemblance to a data center on wheels than to the emissions-spewing wagons and sedans many of us grew up with. This is thanks not only to an evolution of the technology that puts a car’s wheels in motion, but to the connected features and devices within the cockpit that are changing how passengers and drivers interact with their vehicles.
Next-generation connected cars will help make it easier for passengers to manage activities happening simultaneously inside and outside the car without distracting from the safety of their commute.
What’s helping fuel this new relationship between car and driver are advances in processing power offered by highly integrated microprocessors and System-on-Chips (SoC) which are optimized for automotive use. Powering these highly complex systems requires next-generation power management ICs (PMICs) like the DA9210-A. This 12A DC-DC buck converter is designed to meet the high quality and reliability demands that automakers seek to power the microprocessors and devices that are characterizing the connected cars of today and tomorrow.
This particular PMIC is the latest variation of our DA9210, which is already widely used in the high-volume smartphone market and has a solid record of reliability. We adapted it to meet automotive-grade requirements and help manufacturers take full advantage of the chip’s proven capabilities to bring features like infotainment systems, heads-up displays and even full-scale integrated cockpits onto the market.
What does this tech look like? For starters, heads-up displays that are projected onto the windshield can seamlessly and safely communicate what’s going on both within the car and up ahead, without the driver taking their eyes off the road. In a similar vein, passengers can use next-generation infotainment systems to communicate with different features within the vehicle – whether those are video screens or speaker zones within the car – or even leverage the vehicle’s wireless network to share data with devices at the passenger’s destination.
All of these devices require power converters that deliver high-current microprocessor core rails, which the DA9210-A does by supporting load currents of up to 12A in a single-output configuration and 24A in a parallel output configuration. This meets the high efficiency standards necessary over a wide output range that the latest generation of automotive technology – another subset of the omnipresent realm of IoT tech – demands.