Single-IC stepper/high current DC motor driver IC

September 07, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Combining two motor drivers in one package to reduce PC board footprint and the number of external components required, Allegro MicroSystems Europe has added a 40V motor driver IC capable of driving one stepper motor and one DC motor.

The bipolar stepper driver outputs are rated up to 1.6A and the high current DC driver at 3.2A. Allegro’s A5989 includes fixed off-time pulse width modulation (PWM) current regulators, along with 2-bit nonlinear DACs (digital-to-analogue converters) that allow stepper motors to be controlled in full, half, and quarter step modes.

 

This device is targeted at the consumer, industrial and office automation markets with end applications that include point of sale, lottery, ticketing, laser, inkjet and label printers, copiers, vending, and ATM machines.

 

The A5989 stepper driver PWM current regulator uses Allegro’s mixed-decay mode for reduced audible motor noise, increased step accuracy, and reduced power dissipation. The DC driver can operate in forward, reverse, coast and brake modes with either fast or slow PWM decay control. Protection features include thermal shutdown with hysteresis, under voltage lockout, crossover current, and over current protection. Low current sleep mode is included to improve efficiency.

 

The A5989 is supplied in a leadless 6 × 6 × 0.9 mm, 36-pin QFN package with exposed power tab for enhanced thermal performance. Data sheet is here.

 

Allegro MicroSystems; www.allegromicro.com