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TI Offers MSDI Devices Slashes Power Usage than Conventional Discrete Solutions

Cut board space and increase system protection in automotive and industrial applications with new multi-switch detection interface devices
Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments (TI) introduced two multi-switch detection interface (MSDI) devices that consume up to 98 percent less system power than conventional discrete solutions. The TIC12400 and TIC12400-Q1 are the first switch and sensor monitors that directly interface with resistor-coded switches.

Key features and benefits of the TIC12400-Q1

  • 98 percent lower system power: Designers can reduce system power consumption from milliamps to microamps in applications that need high efficiency. On-device monitoring allows the microcontroller to go into a low-power sleep mode and use less power when idle, which is essential for applications like automotive start/stop or when a car is parked for extended periods of time.
  • Reduced complexity in a 60 percent smaller footprint: Eliminating up to 120 discrete components, the TIC12400-Q1 features an input-sharing and matrix mode that helps monitor 54 switches and sensors. The highly integrated device also includes adjustable wetting currents, timing controls, thresholds and built-in redundant circuitry for protection, which increases system-level reliability by reducing potential points of failure.
  • Robust, reliable system protection with simplified board layout: Integrated electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection and self-diagnostic features reduce external protection components. The new devices meet International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 10605 ±8-kV ESD protection requirements, preventing potential fault events from damaging internal circuitry. The fully configurable devices independently monitor and protect 24 inputs, providing more headroom for the host microcontroller to perform other functions.

Tools and support to speed design

The TIC12400 evaluation module (TIC12400EVM-KIT) enables designers to quickly and easily evaluate the new device’s capabilities. It is available from the TI store for US$199.00.

Designers of automotive body control modules can decrease system cost and vehicle weight by leveraging the new device to create a smarter, more centralized architecture, reducing the number and overall weight of wires going into the harness. Explore how the TIC12400-Q1 can decode high-voltage switch inputs in the Automotive Multi-Switch Interface Reference Design.

Package, availability and pricing

The TIC12400-Q1, TIC12400 and TIC10024-Q1 are available in volume today through the TI store and authorized distributors. System designers who don’t require high-volume input monitoring can select the TIC10024-Q1 to simplify the configuration for managing digital-only inputs. All three devices come in a 9.7-mm-by-4.4-mm thin-shrink small outline package (TSSOP).

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