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2-channel stepping motor driver supports ratings of 40V, 2A

25 Apr 2016

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Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. has rolled out what it touts as its latest line of motor drivers. The TC78S122FNG is a multi-configurable bipolar stepping motor driver with a two-channel drive function, allowing it to run two stepping motors independently in a high-voltage, low-power MOS process.

A high-speed, highly efficient, and multi-stepper or brushed DC motor controllable driver is desirable for use in such applications as printers, surveillance cameras, office automation equipment, banking terminals (including ATMs and banknote identification machines) and home appliances. In parallel, end-product form factor is continually shrinking in response to the trend toward miniaturisation, and there's a growing need to reduce both heat generated within equipment and overall power consumed per unit.


In addition to driving stepping motors, the TC78S122FNG provides an interface for driving brushed DC motors. This enables the use of stepping motors and brushed DC motors together in six combinations. These include two 1.5A stepping motors, one 1.5A stepping motor with two 2.0A brushed DC motors, or four 2.0A brushed DC motors. The channels can also be paralleled to double the power handling; thus, the TC78S122FNG can be used to drive one 3.0A stepping motor or two 4.0A brushed DC motors.

The TC78S122FNG stepper motor driving function offers single-, half-, or quarter-step driving capability for various torque-speed tradeoff flexibility. With its built-in sleep function, the new product can stop the regulator circuit for the IC's internal logic at stand-by, allowing it to consume microamps of standby power. The new product also incorporates thermal shutdown and overcurrent shutdown circuits that can enhance equipment safety and reliability.

Integrated in a space-saving two-in-one chip, the TC78S122FNG offers maximum voltage of 40V in a HTSSOP package. Thermal management of the equipment and the module can be simplified by adopting the small, high-thermal-conductivity HTSSOP package, contributing to reduced IC size and cost. Toshiba also plans to release the IC in an even more compact QFN package later this year.

Samples of the TC78S122FNG stepping motor driver have begun shipping. Mass production is scheduled to begin in July 2016.

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