PowerCompass Part 5: Generating Reference Designs

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Added on July 21, 2016
This video demonstrates how to generate and receive the reference design files with the PowerCompass tool.

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Video Transcript

Generating Reference Design

The next step would be to generate a reference design. I have everything selected, so I'm gonna go ahead and hit "generate reference design." What it's gonna tell me is the design contains a nonschematic enabled part. If you remember, this was the linear regulator on the last rail that I selected that there was no options for a device that was schematic enabled.

This doesn't prevent you from generating a schematic for all the other devices. It just is telling you that it's gonna skip that one device because we don't have a schematic yet for that device. Maybe coming here in the future though soon. Some I'm gonna hit OK. Once I hit OK, the system is going to open a browser window, and the browser window has some additional information that it'll request, and then that'll start the process to generate a reference schematic, and that reference schematic will be emailed back to me, and I'll show that after I'm done here.

So, first thing it asks you is for a name. I will just put in here "test." Then if you don't have an Intersil account, it'll ask you to create account, or you could just sign into your account that you already have. Since I have an account, I'm just gonna sign into it here. And when I sign in, I'll get a message here. So it's ready now. It's telling me, "Is it okay to send the files?" I hit "continue."

It's now being processed by the system. "Your custom power reference designs are now ready." So basically in the zip file up here, I can open this up, and I'll show you what I get here. In here there's a DSN file, a PDF, and a spreadsheet, which has a BOM of the system. So I'm gonna open the PDF just because that's easy to display here, and you'll see it created ISL8200 current sharing configuration at 1.5, 19.6 amps.

My other one was a dual output 85033 which was the VDD 1.8 and the LDO supply. Completely configured schematic, all interconnected, all the names have been connected. So here's the 85033 as a single output, a 6-amp solution that was the VCC 3.3. And then also it indicated I had sequencing requirements, so it added in a sequencer to do the sequencing for the system. So there you go. That's what you get in the system PDF. And like I say, you can open that in OrCAD from the DSN file.

When you finish a design it asks you if you want to save it. Right now I'm just not saving the design I created. You can always save a copy of it if you'd like. It'll ask you at the end. So let me go back to this.

Here you can see it gave me a bill of materials for the system that I just created. So there's all my parts that I needed and resistors, and caps, and everything. And if you have anything, further questions, you can address those to pc@intersil.com. That's just short for "PowerCompass" @intersil.com.

If you have any further questions or comments, let us know. Thank you, and this is Ron Johnson with Intersil Corporation. You have a good day.