Chandler, AZ. In systems that use both AC and DC power, the implementation of dual-mode power monitoring traditionally requires multiple ICs to ensure superior performance and accuracy. Growing applications such as solar inverters, smart lighting, and cloud servers often use both modes to maintain safe operation, with AC as the main power source and DC as backup or vice versa. To optimize performance and ease development of these systems, Microchip Technology Inc. has released a flexible dual-mode power-monitoring IC that measures both AC and DC modes with accuracy of 0.1% error across a 4,000:1 range. Power calculations and event monitoring are included with a single IC, reducing bill of materials cost and firmware development time.
Other benefits of using the MCP39F511A include its flexibility and ease of implementation. The device provides standard power calculations such as active, reactive, and apparent power, active and reactive energy, root-mean-square (RMS) current and voltage, line frequency, and power factor, which enable designers to easily add highly accurate power monitoring functions to end applications with minimal firmware development. To further simplify development efforts, the MCP39F511A includes advanced features such as auto-save and auto-load of power quantities to and from the EEPROM at power loss or start, ensuring that measurement results are never lost if power is disrupted unexpectedly. Event monitoring of various power conditions also enhances preventative system maintenance and enables developers to better manage power consumption.
“Power monitoring has become more prevalent in growing markets such as smart cities and smart homes as developers look to monitor product performance and improve energy usage,” said Bryan Liddiard, vice president of Microchip’s Mixed-signal and Linear Products Division. “The MCP39F511A provides customers with a simplified development path and the ability to monitor both AC and DC power supplies with industry-leading accuracy.”
The device is supported by the MCP39F511A Power Monitor Demonstration Board (ADM00667), a fully functional single-phase power- and energy-monitoring system. The system calculates and displays active power, reactive power, RMS current, RMS voltage, active energy (both import and export) and four-quadrant reactive energy. It connects easily through USB to the “Power Monitor Utility Software” that offers automated control to allow users to easily evaluate all system configuration settings.
For volume purchases, Microchip’s Application Center of Excellence offers custom firmware devices based on the calibration of customers’ hardware, helping save calibration cost and time.
The MCP39F511A is available for $1.80 each in 10,000-unit quantities. The MCP39F511A Power Monitor Demonstration Board (ADM00667) is available for $150 each.