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I am considering a microcontroller for PFC design in a universal 1500W PSU.
STM32G071xx microcontrollers seem exactly what I would need for this application. However I am indecisive when it comes down to temperature rating of it.
The cost of uC is important and thus I have my eyes on the lowest temperature rating of T_a = 85 °C and a corresponding T_j = 105 °C part, but I wonder if that would be enough for this type of application or should I consider a more expensive higher temperature variant instead? Ambient temperature exceeding 85 °C seems very high even with a relatively high room temperature say - 30 °C.

Let me know what are your thoughts on this? Perhaps, somebody may know what is the usual accepted temperature rating in these type of applications and are there any requirements that would suggest to use higher temperature rated packages?

Is your power supply going to be air cooled? Is there going to be a fan? You can use a cheaper part, build the power supply, test it and if it doesn't work - upgrade to a higher rating part.
On the other hand - are all other components going to be rated for higher temperature as well?


--- Quote from: rbe on May 29, 2023, 12:30:39 pm ---I am considering a microcontroller for PFC design in a universal 1500W PSU.

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I guess that has a fan ?
Is that going to operate where people are, ie in a lab ?
Or does it need to work up a pole, in a small enclosure, in outback Australia ?

One thing to remember is the T_a of 85C is completely irrelevant, what matters is the T_die spec of 105C. If you're running the micro full blast, then the temp rise of die is ~10C, but by reducing clock, peripherals used, VCC, and other such stuff, that delta reduces drastically.

I don't see why you can't use this micro for a PFC from a temp rating perspective, if the ambient conditions are too much for it, then they are also way too much for the electrolytic caps, switching devices, etc etc.

Thanks for reaching out to everyone. This PFC stage will be deployed inside a household, so no harsh environment per se.
The problem is that for this particular microcontroller there is no higher temperature rated variant (so far).
Yes - there will be forced convection cooling, but devices do get hot at these power levels. 


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