Flew Power Modules adds new features to its designer software
Published: 22 January 2020 - Christian Lynn
Flex Power Modules has added new features to ease the user experience of its designer software, as well as broadening the products it supports. The new version - 3.2 - will save engineers time when developing their power systems, as well as reducing the risk of any problems with their design.
The 3.2 version adds a time-saving numeric conversion calculator, which makes it easier for designers to calculate linear/Vout and linear/direct formatted values seen from monitoring data. The software also includes a new display address resistor suggestion feature, which calculates suggested values for the resistors SA0/SA1.
To make the benefits of Flex Power Designer available to more engineers, the software now supports test boards for Flex’s BMR480 and BMR490 DC-DC converters. It has also added the ability to monitor common parameters for power products from other vendors, increasing the flexibility available to designers. These parameters, as a foundation, will be input voltage, output voltage and temperature.
The new version incorporates all the features of earlier releases of Flex Power Designer. In particular, it includes the thermal modeling that was added in v3.0. This enables designers to simulate thermal behaviours without building hardware, to calculate hotspot temperature and overall system efficiency for example.
Olle Hellgren, director of product management and business development at Flex Power Modules, said: “Flex Power Designer isn’t just about converter configuration – it provides an overview of the entire power system, enabling designers to take full advantage of the latest digital power technology. The new version 3.2 makes it even simpler to use, to create efficient, error-free designs.”
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