ROHM Offers LogiCoA™: the Industry's First* Analog-Digital Fusion Control Power Supply Solution
Provides functions equivalent to a fully digital control power supply with low power consumption
Willich-Münchheide, Germany, July 10, 2024 – ROHM has established LogiCoA™, a power supply solution for small to medium power industrial and consumer equipment (30W to 1kW class). It provides the same functionality as fully digital control power supplies at low power consumption and cost equivalent to analog power types.
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Analog controlled power supplies are commonly used in industrial robotics and semiconductor manufacturing equipment that operate in the medium power range. However, in recent years these power supplies are also required to provide a high level of reliability and precise control that make it difficult to meet market demands with analog-only configurations. On the other hand, while fully digitally controlled power supplies enable fine control and settings, they are not widely adopted in the small to medium power range due to the high power consumption and cost of the digital controller. To address this issue, ROHM developed the LogiCoA™ power solution that leverages the strengths of both analog and digital technologies. High performance low power LogiCoA™ MCUs are utilized to facilitate control of a variety of power supply topologies.

The LogiCoA™ brand embodies a design philosophy of fusing digital elements to maximize the performance of analog circuits. ROHM’s LogiCoA™ power solution is the industry’s first* “analog-digital fusion control” power supply that combines a digital control block centered around the LogiCoA™ MCU with analog circuitry comprised of silicon MOSFETs and other power devices.

In a fully digital control power supply, the functions handled by digital controllers such as high-speed CPUs or DSPs can be processed by low-bit MCUs, making it possible to achieve increased functionality that is difficult to realize with an analog control power supply at low power consumption and cost. This solution allows for the correction of performance variations in peripheral components according to the power supply circuit by storing various settings such as current and voltage values in the LogiCoA™ MCU. As a result, there is no need to consider design margins unlike with analog control power supplies, contributing to smaller power supplies that provide greater reliability. On top, as operation log data can be recorded in the MCU's nonvolatile memory, it is ideal for power supplies in industrial equipment that require logging as a backup in case of malfunction.

The evaluation reference design REF66009 allows users to experience the LogiCoA™ power supply solution in a non-isolated buck converter circuit. Various tools necessary for evaluation are also offered, including circuit diagrams, PCB layouts, parts lists, sample software, and support documents, while actual device evaluation is possible using the optional LogiCoA001-EVK-001 evaluation board.

Going forward, ROHM will continue to develop LogiCoA™ MCUs to support various power supply topologies, contributing to achieving a sustainable society by making the power supply block (which accounts for the majority of power loss in applications) more energy efficient and compact.
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LogiCoA™ Brand
LogiCoA™ is a brand that embodies a design philosophy of fusing digital elements to maximize the performance of analog circuits. By combining the advantages of analog circuitry with those of digital control, it is possible to maximize the potential of circuit topologies, contributing to more efficient power utilization. As LogiCoA™ is a design concept that can be applied not only to the power supply field, but also to power solutions as a whole, ROHM is considering its application in future products and solutions.
LogiCoA™ is a trademark or registered trademark of ROHM Co., Ltd.

Details of the LogiCoA™ Power Supply Reference Design
The REF66009 evaluation reference design offered on ROHM's website allows users to verify the functionality of the LogiCoA™ MCU along with the basic operation of the LogiCoA™ power supply solution using a non-isolated 12V buck converter circuit. Sample software available on the reference design page makes it possible to confirm the sequence control of execution tasks and the monitoring of various parameters in the actual set using the LogiCoA001-EVK-001 reference board. For more information on the reference board, please contact a sales representative or the contact page on ROHM’s website.
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Application Examples
• Industrial robots
• Semiconductor manufacturing equipment
• Gaming applications
Supports mounting in a wide range of general industrial equipment and consumer devices (30W to 1kW).

About the LogiCoA™ MCU
ROHM is developing LogiCoA™ MCUs optimized for integrated analog-digital control such as LogiCoA™ power supply solutions. Features include a built-in 3ch analog comparator that can be linked to a timer and D/A converter that enables digital control of various parameters to support different power supply topologies.

LogiCoA™ MCU Specifications (Tentative)
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Availability: Now (LogiCoA™ MCU samples)

Visit ROHM’s Website for More Information
https://www.rohm.com/news-detail?news-title=2024-07-10_news_logicoa&defaultGroupId=false

*ROHM July 10, 2024 study

About ROHM Semiconductor
ROHM Semiconductor is a global company of 467.7 billion yen (3.2 billion US dollars) per March 31st, 2024, with over 23,300 employees. The company develops and manufactures a very large product range from SiC Diodes and MOSFETs, Analog ICs such as Gate Drivers and Power Management ICs to Power Transistors and Diodes to Passive Components. The production of ROHM’s high performing products is taking place in state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Japan, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and China. ROHM Semiconductor Europe has its Head Office near Dusseldorf serving the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).
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