TI adds advanced WEBENCH tools for expert power-supply designers

July 21, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
A series of advanced tools in Texas Instruments' WEBENCH Power Designer provides experienced engineers with design control, analysis and trouble-shooting capability to create complex power-supply designs, from control-loop compensation to simulation export.

While still simple to use by both novices or time-pressed engineers to quickly create, optimise and simulate a design, TI says these three new advanced tools offer experienced power-supply design engineers extensive control over complex designs, along with the ease of exporting simulations to computer-aided design (CAD) platforms from Altium and Cadence Design Systems Inc.

Advanced options in WEBENCH Visualiser include a set of controls to specify complex design requirements, such as manufacturability, component constraints and design control. Engineers can quickly find solutions to accurately match their advanced design requirements.

WEBENCH Compensation Designer is intended to prevent unstable control loops. The tool predicts and automatically corrects errors in the control loop resulting in a stable power-supply design. This quick “fix-it-for-me” feature is a valuable tool for novices or time-pressed engineers. It also offers advanced power experts a manual mode to tune the control loop for more bandwidth and stability in their designs.

WEBENCH Simulation Export tool moves the power-supply schematic into the user’s preferred simulation environment. With a couple of clicks and no intermediary software, Power Designer exports the complete design to the TINA-TI simulator or Altium Designer and Cadence OrCAD and PSpice tools. WEBENCH Simulation Export joins TI’s WEBENCH Schematic Export and PCB Export tools, which enable engineers to create their power supply design and easily download the layout directly to five popular CAD tools.

A video is here, and blog entry “New advanced WEBENCH® tools empower the expert power supply designer.” is also available.

Texas Instruments; http://www.ti.com/advpwr-pr-eu