October 31, 2017
|By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated
Bigger is certainly not better when it comes to many of today's smart, connected devices. Quite the opposite, as devices such as hearables and wearables are getting smaller and less invasive. This direction certainly brings greater challenges to the design process, as you must integrate more product features into tiny form factors.
Power converters with a single-inductor multiple-output (SIMO) architecture can help. Register now for the webinar, "New SIMO Architecture Offers Smallest Form Factor, Ultra-Low Standby Power and High System Efficiency for Hearables," to gain a better understanding of how SIMO technology provides the efficiency advantages of switching DC-DC regulators with nearly the form factor of LDOs.
Unlike traditional multiple DC-DC solutions, a SIMO power converter architecture saves space while delivering high efficiency that helps extend battery life. Consider a traditional switching-regulator topology. Here, each switching regulator requires a separate inductor for each output. Inductors are large and costly, so they're clearly not ideal for products with small form factors. The SIMO architecture, on the other hand, provides multiple outputs through a single inductor. By reducing the number of required inductors, the SIMO architecture is well suited for small, ultra-low-power designs.
The hour-long webinar, sponsored by Mouser and Maxim and hosted by Electronic Design, will be at 2 pm Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, November 2. Speakers Cary Delano, distinguished MTS, and Sami Nijim, senior MTS, from Maxim will discuss how the MAX77650 and MAX77651 tiny, low-power PMICs with SIMO technology reduce power dissipation and overall component count while providing the same functionality as traditional solutions in less than half the space.
Smart glasses are just one example of the tiny, ultra-low-power designs that can benefit from SIMO technology.