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STMicroelectronics Unveils Digital-Power Ecosystem

June 22, 2020 by Alessandro Mascellino

STMicroelectronics has released a new web-based ecosystem to help engineers power solutions using STM32 microcontrollers (MCUs).

The STM32 Digital Power Framework (D-Power) includes various software components, as well as dedicated power-supply boards demonstrating different designs and power ratings.

The embedded software and practical workshops included in the new package were developed for STMicroelectronics by electronic training firm Biricha Digital.


Image used courtesy of STMicroelectronics.


The STM32 D-Power Ecosystem

Digital ecosystems and power supplies are tools that are increasingly being utilized to optimize energy efficiency and capture enhanced data for diagnostics and safety purposes.

Mainly used in data centers, 5G infrastructure, and mobile devices applications, these solutions can also increase power density and achieve size and weight savings.

The D-Power Framework by STMicroelectronics features a complete set of materials, as well as hardware and software tools. These tools are designed to facilitate and speed up training through resources and technical documentation, also included in the platform.

The ultimate goal of the STM32 D-Power ecosystem is then to support and accelerate the development of digital power applications including D-SMPS, lighting, welding, inverters for solar systems, and wireless chargers.


Image used courtesy of STMicroelectronics.


Supporting Multiple Microcontrollers 

The STM32 D-Power ecosystem supports three levels of STM32 microcontrollers.

The platform is designed to combine the benefits of industry-standard Arm Cortex-M cores with integrated features optimized for digital-power applications. Consequently, the entry-level microcontroller supported by the D-Power Framework is the STM32F334, a device specifically addressing digital power conversion applications.

Scaling up, the ecosystem also supports the advanced STM32G474, and the high-performance STM32H7 series MCUs. The STM32H7 offers a flexible high-resolution timer to generate highly accurate pulse-width modulated (PWM) signals for stable control of switched-mode power circuits.


Expanding STMicroelectronics’ Portfolio

According to STMicroelectronics, the new STM32 D-Power ecosystem will help engineers work towards the development of future electronics.

“Our D-Power ecosystem helps designers learn about, design in, and take advantage of digital power to create solutions that are smaller, lighter, cleaner, and smarter,” said STMicroelectronics Executive Ricardo de Sa Earp.

According to de Sa Earp, the new solution would be good for beginners and experts alike.

“Users ranging from beginners to experienced designers can enhance their expertise and accelerate the development of digital-power applications leveraging the high feature integration and efficiencies of the STM32 family,” he said.

To help designers learn how to build digital power supplies using the new platform, Biricha and STMicroelectronics have also partnered on a four-day hands-on workshop.

“The embedded software and practical workshops we have developed to support the STM32 D-Power ecosystem deliver high value for designers wherever they are on their digital-power journey,“ explained Dr. Ali Shirsavar, Director of Biricha Digital. “Customers can easily engage with these resources to jump-start their designs and advance their expertise.”

You can read more about the STM32 Digital Power Framework and STMicroelectronics’ partnership with Biricha here.


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