TOKYO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 15, 2015 — Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced the launch of "TB9044FNG", a general-purpose system power IC with multiple outputs achieving functional safety for automotive applications. Sample shipments start today, with the mass production scheduled to start in October, 2017.
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Toshiba: "TB9044FNG", a general-purpose system power IC with multiple outputs achieving functional safety for automotive applications. (Photo: Business Wire)
More and more safety-critical automotive systems, such as electric power steering (EPS) and braking, are required to meet the requirements of ASIL-D, the highest automotive safety integrity level prescribed in the ISO 26262 functional safety standards.
The new IC integrates various failure detection functions, such as high-voltage and low-voltage detection and overheat detection of power supply circuit, to monitor against the IC’s own failure, and a watchdog timer to monitor failure detection of the external microcomputer. An initial diagnosis circuit to detect latent faults in the failure detection circuits is also incorporated to secure higher functional safety.
Toshiba has also carried out a range of functional safety analyses to simulate system failures and will provide customers with documentation, such as functional safety FMEDA, to support overall safety analysis and design.
Various built-in monitoring circuits for functional safety
Low-voltage detection circuit for battery power supply
High-voltage detection circuit for DC-DC converter (6V)
High-voltage / low-voltage detection circuit for series power supply (5V)
Overheat detection circuit
Oscillator frequency monitoring circuit
Watchdog timer circuit monitoring the external MCU
Diagnostic circuit for failure detection circuits for functional safety
A built-in diagnostic circuit in the failure-detection circuit detects any latent faults.
Built-in buck-boost DC-DC converter
The IC generates 6V output from a high efficiency buck-boost DC-DC converter.
In consideration of voltage drop after idling reduction, the low side operating voltage range is improved down to 2.7V (min.) with battery operation.
Built-in 4 series power supply circuits (4 outputs)
The IC incorporates four series power supply circuits receiving the 6V input generated by the DC-DC converter.
It also incorporates a circuit with a 5V constant voltage (current capacity is 400mA) for the microcomputer, and three circuits with 5V constant voltage output (current capacity is 100mA) for sensors and other interfaces. Each of them can output a voltage independently.
Selectable operation for failure detections
Customers can set the system to respond to detected failures in one of two ways, using the SPI  communication input setting. One setting outputs a reset signal to the system; the other provides notification of the abnormal operation to the system. Selection can be made according to the customer’s application or system.
|Mass Production||October 2017|
|Mass Production Size||1 million pcs/year|
400mA Output(1 circuit):5.0V±0.1V
100mA Output(3 circuits): 400mA Output(1 circuit) ±20mV
|Output Current||400mA Output(1 circuit), 100mA Output(3 circuits)|
|Operating Voltage Range||+2.7 to 18V|
*Low-voltage detection circuit of the battery power supply
*High-voltage detection circuit of the DC-DC converter (6V)
*High-voltage/low-voltage detection circuit of series power supply (5V)
*Overheat detection circuit
*Oscillator frequency monitoring circuit
*Watchdog timer circuit monitoring the external MCU
|Power On Reset||POR time is adjustable by the external capacitance value.|
|Watchdog Timer||Window type (Times of over high-speed detection and under low-speed detection are independently adjustable.)|
|Watchdog Stop Control||Customers can use the Watchdog timer Select (WS) terminal to select “either” to operate or to stop the watchdog timer.|
|Operating Temperature Range||-40 to 125 o C|