Whether you’re designing high performance systems or feature-rich portable products, power management is a critical aspect of today’s design process. Power management solutions have many tradeoffs, which can take hours to analyze. Microchip’s engineering-oriented presenters cut to the chase, providing insight to the best techniques and most efficient solutions, saving you hours of development time.
Improving battery life is a tricky thing when the end product changes only slightly from revision to revision. But today’s portable products constantly incorporate more functions as global competitors push the envelope of price-performance parameters. As marketers come up with new features, engineers must add them in while they extend battery lifetimes.
When consumers buy phones, MP3 players and other equipment, battery lifetimes are one of the first things they ask about. Extending battery life is even more important in commercial or industrial equipment, where downtime from dead batteries adds expense and causes delays.
For those who are just beginning to work with products that need tight control over power usage, the morning session will cover the basics. Microchip engineers, who have worked with scores of projects that address many facets of power management, will highlight the important theories needed to truly understand power management so they can design effective solutions.
In the afternoon, presentations will delve deep into the subtleties of conserving power. “These sessions are not for the faint of heart, they’re serious stuff,” says an engineer who sat through a previous session. Attendees will work on a number of application scenarios, coming up with solutions that work in the real world.
Not one but two evaluation boards will be given to those who attend the afternoon session. These boards will be the model for the applications that attendees will be working on during the course.
Learn about different techniques for putting components into standby and sleep modes. Test the many techniques for watching activity that requires the parts to power up and perform the necessary work, then return quickly to a low power mode.
Topics will also include writing power management software for microcontrollers, as well as determining which peripherals to include on chip and which perform best in discrete modes.
The true value of these seminars is best judged by previous attendees, who said,
“Excellent product overview.”
“Wide range of solutions.”
“The PIC microcontroller is variable, flexible and easy to migrate from chip to chip.”
“Many new Microchip products and upgrade path.”
Attending one of these seminar sessions will demonstrate how easy it is to get started in new applications with PIC microcontrollers and related analog products at either the beginner or advanced level. Both seminars will explain the software that Microchip provides and the different types of tools, including demo boards that are available. The flexibility and versatility of PIC microcontroller products simplify your job, and attending one of the 2005 seminars will make it even easier to get started.