National Semiconductor Introduces Six PowerWise Energy-Efficient Subsystem Reference Designs

Design Files Enable Subsystems that Consume Less Power, Extend Battery Life and Generate Less Heat for Wide Range of Applications

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Six new PowerWise(R) reference designs from National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: NSM) empower design engineers to speed through the design process, delivering products that consume less power, extend battery life and generate less heat. PowerWise reference designs combine energy-efficient devices and arrange them in a system to actively lower power consumption and reduce heat dissipation.

Each proven PowerWise reference file kit includes applicable design schematic, bill of materials (BOM), board layout, firmware, design documentation and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) source code in synthesizable Verilog or VHDL. The designs address a wide range of applications including portable, lighting, solar, industrial, medical, communications infrastructure, and test and measurement. For more information on these reference designs, visit http://www.national.com/refdesigns.

Solar-Powered Lead-Acid Battery Charger

Engineers can increase the efficiency of harvesting solar power from photovoltaic cells with this reference design that efficiently converts sunlight into a charge current for lead acid batteries. The design also compensates for variations in temperature and the amount of sunlight, maintaining the most efficient conversion throughout changing conditions. The two-stage design monitors the solar panel voltages using a SEPIC design that provides the output voltage and tracks the input solar panel voltage over temperature, while the second stage takes the output of the first stage and boosts the input voltage.

High-Efficiency Portable Music Player Dock

Featuring PowerWise power converters, battery charging circuitry, audio drivers and display interface circuits, this reference design lets engineers initiate a power-saving mode when the portable media player (PMP) is unplugged from the wall power, automatically reducing the maximum brightness of the display as well as the output power of the audio drivers.

CCFL to LED Conversion Power Supply

This reference design replaces backlight cold-cathode fluorescent (CCFL) tubes with strings of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for lower power consumption, better durability, smaller size and brighter light that is more easily custom tailored to compensate for changes in ambient light. Using a 3-channel, constant-current LED driver with two strings of six series-connected LEDs, the design configures the LED driver as a boost converter to generate 21V to 27V output voltage with a 12V power source. The design also includes a circuit utilizing a photodiode to make the brightness of the display proportional to ambient light. This improves the display's readability under all lighting conditions.

Ambient Light Adaptive LED Driver

This reference design automatically adjusts display brightness for changing ambient light conditions to provide a more viewable display with better contrast. The pulse-width modulation (PWM) dimming technique of National's LED driver dims or brightens the display backlight in response to ambient light condition. This increases battery life and improves the visibility of the display under different viewing conditions. A photodiode circuit measures ambient light and provides a signal for dimming the LEDs.

High-Performance SerDes Module with Easy FPGA Interface and Cable Detect

National collaborated with Avnet to develop a comprehensive reference design that implements high-speed, power-saving serial data interfacing for low-cost Xilinx Spartan-3 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). National's FPGA-Link SerDes combines high-speed data transfer flexibility with features such as automatic power down on loss of cable or input signal. The included FPGA firmware monitors this cable/signal loss indicator from the SerDes to turn off unnecessary system logic and other external components for a significant savings in total power.

Load-Detecting Power Supply

To help reduce wasted energy from inefficient AC/DC wall adapters that continue to run even without a load, this reference design uses switched-mode power supply (SMPS) technology in place of linear regulators to drastically improve conversion efficiency. Additional circuitry "wakes up" the power supply only when a load is applied, reducing losses to just tens of milliwatts.

About National's PowerWise Brand

National's PowerWise brand reflects the company's energy-efficient product portfolio. It signifies products with outstanding performance-to-power at the component level, as well as products that provide an outstanding, energy-efficient solution when coupled with other National parts. National's PowerWise family of products features energy-efficient power management, operational amplifiers, interface and data conversion products. For more information about National's PowerWise brand, visit: http://www.national.com/powerwise.

About National Semiconductor

National Semiconductor creates energy-efficient analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. Its PowerWise products enable systems that consume less power, extend battery life and generate less heat. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., National reported sales of $1.89 billion for fiscal 2008 which ended May 25, 2008. Additional company and product information is available at http://www.national.com.

    PowerWise is a registered trademark of National Semiconductor Corporation.

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