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Rohm Introduces PMICs For Car Cameras

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Provides anomaly detection notification mechanisms in the industry’s smallest form factor

Rohm has recently announced the availability of ISO 26262 and ASIL-B compliant PMICs (Power Management ICs), BD868xxMUF-C (BD868C0MUF-C, BD868D0MUF-C), for automotive camera modules that are increasingly being adopted in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.

The continuing evolution of ADAS in recent years has increased the number of onboard cameras. At the same time, introducing the concept of functional safety is taking on greater importance, as the failure of even one camera can lead to a serious accident, making it imperative for manufacturers of cars and vehicle components - including semiconductor suppliers - to comply with the international safety standard ISO 26262.

In 2018, Rohm successfully achieved ISO 26262 Development Process certification from German certification body TÜV Rheinland, and in 2021 launched the brand ‘ComfySIL' to contribute to the safety, security, and comfort of users and systems through products that support functional safety. As part of the ComfySIL series, these ICs are ‘FS (Functional safety) process compliant' products (the highest grade), indicating compliance with the ISO 26262 standard.

Meeting the strict requirements for functional safety allows these latest products to facilitate safety design in next-generation vehicles equipped with ADAS. Moreover, the 4 power supply systems (3 DC/DC + 1 LDO) necessary for automotive cameras are integrated into a 3.5mm × 3.5mm package, achieve the industry's smallest size in comparable camera PMICs.

They are equipped with an anomaly status notification mechanism such as abnormal voltage detection and feedback via I2C. This reduces the number of components by 3 compared to former solutions, which results into a 25 percent smaller mounting area compared to conventional solutions and contributes to smaller vehicle cameras. (The above 25 percent is just an example, further miniaturisation is possible by optimising for individual applications.) At the same time, a wide range of output voltage and sequence control settings can be configured to meet the varying requirements of CMOS image sensors from different manufacturers, simplifying development considerably.

In addition to the four models (BD868A0MUF-C, BD868B0MUF-C, BD868C0MUF-C, BD868D0MUF-C) that comply with both ISO 26262 and ASIL-B, the lineup will include the non-ISO 26262-compliant BD868C1MUF-C for users that do not require ASIL compliance. Also, Rohm can offer the products based on customer setup requirements like output voltages, voltage tolerances, sequencing and functional safety requirements.

The devices will be available in OEM quantities in August 2022. Derivative models (BD868A0MUF-C, BD868B0MUF-C, BD868C1MUF-C) are scheduled to be released in succession.


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