Texas Instruments has introduced the first fully integrated multiphase bidirectional DC/DC current controller, which efficiently transfers electric power greater than 500W per phase between dual 48 and 12V automotive battery systems.
The highly integrated LM5170-Q1 analogue controller features an innovative average current-mode control method that overcomes the challenges of the high-component-count, full digital control schemes.
Texas Instruments will demonstrate the LM5170-Q1 controller in booth No. 701 at the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) in Tampa, Florida, March 27th to 29th, 2017. The LM5170-Q1 is the latest in TI’s portfolio of DC/DC converters, controllers and charge pumps, enabling engineers to innovate and differentiate their power supply designs.
Hybrid electric vehicles use both a high-voltage 48V battery and the standard 12V automotive battery. Design engineers typically manage these dual battery systems using a digital control scheme, which includes multiple discrete components such as current-sense amplifiers, gate drivers and protection circuits. These full digital control schemes are bulky and expensive. To solve this challenge while improving performance and system reliability, Texas Instruments offers a mixed architecture in which the microcontroller handles higher-level intelligent management, and the highly integrated LM5170-Q1 analogue controller provides the power conversion.