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Toshiba expands mobile, data centre portfolio

13 Jan 2015  | Steve Taranovich

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During this year's CES, Toshiba has unveiled three novel products. So I met with Deepak Mithani, director of mixed signal business unit, to learn more about their latest offerings.

Mobile connectivity

Toshiba's latest products aid in mobile connectivity

The first product is a higher power wireless charger IC under the Qi standard. This solution adds a 12W solution to Toshiba's existing 5W solution. The component will be used for charging tablets.

Wireless 12W charger

Toshiba's high-speed wireless 12W charger solution

Toshiba's 12W wireless charging diagram below shows a neat and simple architecture. In addition to charging a device properly, an external apps processor can access a product ID code or other information from the receiving device.

12W wireless charging diagram

The next announcement is a data centre fan system reference design. Data centres have plenty of heat nowadays with the high speed handling of volumes of data. An efficient, sophisticated, yet low cost fan system is sorely needed. Toshiba engineers have supplied the architecture in this reference design.

Data centre fan reference design

The fan control reference design for servers and data centres is built around the Toshiba TMPM375 MCU with unique Vector Engine (VE) technology and peripherals to greatly simplify complex motor control designs in high-performance cooling fans and similar products.

Mithani said: Our cooling fan reference design demonstrates advanced Vector Motor Control methods implemented in a space- and cost-efficient solution, enhancing power efficiency, reducing noise level and improving the overall operating cost of data centre systems.

Toshiba's approach to improving motor controls is the implementation of specific hardware accelerators within its MCU products. Its VE technology employs vector control in hardware to aid in handling of complex field-oriented vector control and space-vector modulation methods, greatly reducing system processor loading compared to DSP- or FPGA-based vector control, while delivering highly precise, efficient and quiet motor operations.

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