Low-voltage bipolar stepper requires only four external components

17th January 2017
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Low-voltage bipolar stepper requires only four external components

Allegro MicroSystems Europe has released the A3916 low voltage bipolar stepper or dual DC motor driver IC.  The new device is designed for Pulse-Width-Modulated (PWM) control of low-voltage stepper motors or dual DC motors using just four external components, and is capable of output currents up to 1A per channel and operating voltages from 2.7-15V. 

The A3916 integrates all motor control circuitry including a fixed off-time PWM regulator that sets a peak current in the motor winding based on the selection of a low-value current-sense resistor.

A single supply eliminates the need for an external low-dropout regulator, and the integrated charge pump requires only one external capacitor. Output diagnostics are provided by an active low fault output that notifies the user of a Thermal Shutdown (TSD) or overcurrent protection event.

The new device is targeted at applications that run off single, Li-ion cell or 3 AA batteries, including office and industrial automation systems, point-of-sale equipment, 3D printers, medical, CCTV and the toy market.

Two package options are offered: a low-profile 3×3mm 16-terminal QFN (suffix ES) and a drop-in replacement for the A3916 in a low-profile 4x4mm 20-terminal QFN (suffixes ES and -1). Both products have an exposed power tab for enhanced thermal dissipation. 

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