WEBENCH® PMU Power Architect

WEBENCH Power Architect now supports Power Management

Units (PMUs and PMICs)

Multiple-load system solutions created in WEBENCH Power Architect now can benefit from the higher integration of Power Management Units. The complex load requirements are matched to the capabilities of several popular PMUs to identify the best match for overall cost, efficiency, and board area.

Step by Step:

Click "Power Architect"

To get started, go to www.ti.com and use the WEBENCH entry panel on the right side of the page. From there, click on the Power Architect button.

Click "Configure your Loads"

Once WEBENCH loads, you will be presented with a screen to enter
your design parameters. First enter your input voltage in the Source
List section at the top of the page. Then enter your specific load
criteria in the Loads section. For each load this includes the output
voltage, load current, Vout peak to peak tolerance, ripple filter
required, separate supply required, LDO required, soft start type, load
group and sequence order. Click the Add Loads button near the top
right of the page to add additional loads.


If you would like to show only PMU solutions in the results, check
the Prefer PMIC/PMU checkbox. When you are done entering your design
criteria, click on the Submit Project Requirements button.

Optimize for cost, size and efficiency

This page shows the various different solutions for your design
criteria comparing PMU solutions side by side with discrete solutions.
On the left side of the page is a graph showing the total system
efficiency on the x axis, the total system footprint on the y axis and
the total system cost as the bubble size. There is a table of these
values in the middle of the screen and a block diagram of the selected
solution on the right. In this case the top ranked solution is a PMU
based project with the lowest cost and smallest footprint.


As the optimizer dial is turned, new sets of system power
architectures are added to the ball graph which are designed with the
component selection algorithms tuned to the optimizer dial setting. For
example, when you turn the dial to smallest footprint, designs are
optimized to use the smallest parts using high switching frequencies.
And when the dial is turned to highest efficiency, the frequency is
reduced to improve switching losses and achieve high efficiency.
 

Project Analysis

On the View/Edit page, there are pie charts which allow the user to
examine the contributions of each supply in the system to the power
dissipation, BOM price and footprint. By clicking on a supply, the user
can get more details.


Next click on the Create Project Design button to save the project and go to the next step.

Project Details

After creating the project, you now have access to all the WEBENCH
design features such as the schematic, bill of materials, operating
values, charts, export and reporting. From here you can change
individual BOM component values and see the effect on efficiency, cost
and footprint and other key operating values such as currents, power
dissipation, duty cycle, and temperature.


When a PMU design is loaded, it shows a block diagram of the PMU
channels in the left panel and the overall PMU summary in the right
portion of the screen. Individual channels can be accessed by either
clicking the block diagram or using the PMU Options drop down menu below the Optimizer Dial. Each block represents a channel within the PMU and all the channels for a PMU have the same color.


The schematic in the initial summary view shows all of the channels
present. The operating values and BOM in the initial summary view are
for the entire PMU with all the channels. Information for individual
channels can be accessed via the PMU Options drop down menu.

Print the PDF report

The PDF report summarizes the project and gives details on each supply used.