STMicroelectronics Launches Intelligent High-Side Drivers for Automotive Applications

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

September 22, 2021

News

STMicroelectronics Launches Intelligent High-Side Drivers for Automotive Applications

According to the company, the VN9D30Q100F and VN9D5D20FN from STMicroelectronics introduce a new generation of automotive intelligent switches, the first in the market with digital current sensing among the fully digital on-chip diagnostic features.

Designed for high-side connection in applications powered from a 12V battery, the drivers simplify the hardware and software design of electronic control units (ECUs) and enhance system reliability.

The new devices leverage ST’s latest-generation of VIPower* M0-9 technology to combine an efficient 40V trench vertical MOSFET with 3.3V digital logic, and high-precision analog circuitry in a 6mm x 6mm QFN package. Per the company, their compact dimensions and high integration save up to 40% of PCB area compared to comparable driver ICs already in the market.

The VN9D30Q100F has two 33mW and two 90mW channels. The VN9D5D20FN has two 7.6mW and two 20mWchannels. Each has up to six output channels and a 4-wire SPI interface, which reduces the number of microcontroller I/O pins needed to interact with the device. They also feature an integrated pulse-width modulation (PWM) generator with resolution of 0.1% that provides a convenient and precise control signal at each output to handle functions such as lamp dimming.

The diagnostic circuitry has a continuously running analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with 10-bit resolution and 5% precision to provide digital readings of the load current and case temperature, which eliminates reliance on an ADC in the host microcontroller. The ADC task manager is synchronized with the driver’s PWM engine, ensuring that diagnostics for each output channel is automatically performed in the appropriate time frame without microcontroller intervention. There are also two one-time programmable (OTP) inputs to manage operation in limp-home mode if a system failure causes a loss of overall host-MCU control.

In addition to cutting hardware costs for customers by minimizing power dissipation and PCB-design complexity, these new devices are designed to simplify AUTOSAR compliance by providing a complex driver that operates independently from the application, thereby also easing software development.

The VN9D30Q100F and VN9D5D20FN are available now, priced at $1.070 for the VN9D30Q100F and at $1.563 for the VN9D5D20FN, for orders of 1000 pieces.

For more information, visit: www.st.com/m0-9-high-side-drivers.

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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