'Tough' MCUs Optimized for Rechargeable NiMH Applications
LAPIS » ML620130
Class-leading low voltage drive contributes to greater energy efficiency and performance in compact battery-driven industrial equipment
LAPIS Semiconductor, a member of the ROHM group, has announced the development of the ML620130 family of 16 bit low power MCUs, optimized for compact industrial equipment requiring battery drive in noisy environments, featuring superior processing capability with low power consumption.
In addition to clearing the ±30 kV noise measurement limit, operating voltage has been successfully reduced to 1.6 V. Optimizing the operating voltage to an integral multiple of standard nickel metal hydride batteries (NiMH, 0.8 V× 2=1.6 V) ensures efficient use without wasting battery charge. This contributes to decreased battery consumption, prolonging battery life in portables and battery-equipped industrial equipment. The ML620130 family consists of 9 models offered in a variety of memory capacities, pin counts, and other characteristics that make it possible for users to select the ideal solution to fit set needs.
In recent years, the continued miniaturization of sensors, batteries, and power supplies has increased the demand for compact, low-cost modules (embedded substrates) that support a variety of applications and operating conditions. When considering different situations and usage methods there is a need to ensure stable operation under harsh environments (i.e. excessive noise, heat generation) while at the same time requiring improved performance such as greater communication diversification and generalization.
To provide increased miniaturization and lower costs, many applications are opting to eliminate noise and/or thermal countermeasures. However, this makes it difficult to balance the conflicting demands for increased environmental resistance while maintaining safety utilizing fewer external parts. In addition, reducing the size of the battery mounted in the module while also increasing battery life requires that the power consumption (voltage and current) be optimized for each application.
To meet these disparate needs, LAPIS Semiconductor has expanded its lineup of market-proven 16 bit low power microcontrollers to include the ML620130 family of ‘tough‘ MCUs that incorporate multiple functions optimized for battery drive operation.
Rechargeable nickel-metal hydride batteries are susceptible to the ‘battery effect', which causes the batteries to ‘remember' a smaller capacity if repeatedly recharged after only being partially discharged, losing their original energy capacity. This may lead to a steep voltage drop once the smaller capacity is reached, abruptly halting operation and requiring premature recharge. However, this effect may be overcome and original battery capacity restored by subjecting the batteries to deep charge/discharge. This phenomenon underscores the importance of correctly utilizing NiMH batteries.
Sensor modules, battery charge control, compact electric tools, portables, industrial equipment
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