Explore digital power with dev. kit from Würth Elektronik and Infineon

January 29, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Würth Elektronik (Waldenburg, Germany) and Infineon are launching the jointly developed "XMC Digital Power Explorer" evaluation kit. This synchronous step-down converter can be assembled with two different control cards (XMC1300 - ARM Cortex-M0 MCU and XMC4200 - ARM Cortex-M4F MCU).

The kit is intended to assist developers of analogue power supplies, and embedded software programmers, to enter the world of digital power supply. The XMC Digital Power Explorer Kit is a complete solution with hardware, software and switchable resistance load bank.

Developers can compare two performance classes using two different control cards. The high-performance XMC4200 family offers a high-resolution PWM unit (with 150 psec resolution) and intelligent analogue comparators with precise slope compensation that can considerably simplify power supply design. The XMC1300 family, on the other hand, is cost-optimised to provide cost effectiveness for simpler power supply applications.

Ivan Dobes, Product Marketing Manager for XMC microcontrollers at Infineon Technologies, says: "[at Infineon] … we still see a lot of growth potential in digital current control using standard microcontrollers. Our XMC microcontrollers have just the features you need to address this market. The XMC Digital Power Explorer Kit will help position us as an important player in the area of digital power and offer our customers complete system solutions.“

"The digital control segment is growing … for this kit we chose passive components from our company that ensure the greatest efficiency when combined with the Infineon XMC controllers. The Explorer Kit will help developers of analogue power supplies and electronic design engineers increase their learning curve in this relatively new area," says Alexander Gerfer, CTO at Würth Elektronik eiSos.

The Digital Power Explorer Kit can now be purchased for €119, from either company.

Würth Elektronik; www.we-online.com/digital-power-is-calling

Infineon; www.infineon.com