Article | November 19, 2021

How Customizable PMICs Simplify Power Management System Design

Source: Qorvo

By Michael Day, Qorvo

Power management integrated circuits (PMICs) are a valued component in a wide array of devices, including smartwatches, thermostats, earbuds, tablets, solid-state drives, battery chargers, video cameras, and more. Qorvo customizable PMICs offer system designers an alternative to catalog power devices, providing the agility and design flexibility to accommodate diverse applications and wide-ranging market needs.

Surveying the PMIC Market

High demand for battery-operated devices, fast-paced technological advances, and the proliferation of new semiconductor applications have contributed to the surge in power management integrated circuits (PMICs) usage. According to Market Research Future, the PMIC sector is expected to reach USD 46.15 billion by 2025. PMIC components deliver fully integrated, high-performance solutions for many consumer electronics, telecommunications, networking, automotive, and other applications. System designers turn to PMICs to optimize power management, protect against overvoltage or overcurrent faults, implement human-machine interfaces, manage battery life and charging, and perform many other control functions for mechanical, electromechanical, and electronic devices.

Since 2015, consumer electronics devices have propelled the PMIC demand globally, with wearables representing the largest segment. PMICs give consumer manufacturers a means to produce low-cost devices that maintain peak system performance. PMICs are rapidly replacing conventional discrete solutions—including voltage regulators and control circuitry—enabling more compact device designs with exceptionally efficient power use.

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