- Flex Power Modules has added features to its Designer software that features an easy design interface
- The 3.2 version adds a numeric conversion calculator which enable designers to calculate linear/Vout and linear/direct formatted values seen from monitoring data
Flex power modules recently introduced the latest version for their designing software. The 3.2 version incorporates all the features of earlier releases of Flex Power Designer. It retains the thermal modelling feature of the previous version.
According to the company, this software supports test boards for Flex’s BMR480 and BMR490 DC-DC converters. It is also added with the ability to monitor common parameters for power products from other vendors. This increases the design flexibility of a system.
The software requires minimum parameters to design a basic system. Thes parameters include input voltage, output voltage and temperature. This enables designers to simulate thermal behaviours without building hardware. Critical factors such as hotspot temperature and overall system efficiency can also be calculated from the software.
While using Flex Power Designer, an operator can define the relationships across power rails. It includes phase spreading, sequencing and fault spreading. The software enables configuration and simulation of the control loop. Additionally, it can also do configuration and monitoring of the digital power modules. The new upgraded version adds a numeric conversion calculator which enable designers to calculate linear/Vout and linear/direct formatted values seen from monitoring data
Olle Hellgren, the director of product management and business development at Flex Power Modules, said
“ Flex Power Designer isn’t just about converter configuration – it provides an overview of the entire power system, enabling designers to take full advantage of the latest digital power technology. ”
An SMBus tool and sample code are bundled with Flex Power Designer for SMBus control and production programming. The simulation features of Flex Power Designer enable power-stage analysis for tuning and visualisation of design behaviour. The software also includes a display address resistor suggestion feature. It can calculate suggested values for the resistors in the circuit.
System matching according to the design requirements can be studied using this design tool. It provides reference metrics such as transient response, output impedance and power dissipation.