ST: single-shunt BLDC motor controller saves space, time, and BOM

STMicroelectronics has expanded its STSPIN32 programmable motor controller family with the STSPIN32F0B system-in-package for cost-effective one-shunt current sensing. The new motor controller is an ideal all-in-one solution for the growing market of battery-operated power tools.

By integrating a single op-amp for current sensing, the STSPIN32F0B saves individual 3-phase BLDC coil-current sense resistors and makes extra I/O pins available for user features. The new SiP contains a 48MHz STM32F031x6 microcontroller capable of running a 6-step motor-control algorithm as well as other application-level functionalities. With 20 GPIO pins the STSPIN32F0B allows easy access to the MCU’s internal features that include up to five general-purpose timers, a 12-bit ADC and a temperature sensor. The MCU also provides I2C, UART, and SPI ports.

The STSPIN32F0B SiP contains a triple half-bridge gate driver capable of sourcing up to 600mA per channel into external MOSFETs for powering the motor. In addition, a 3.3V DC/DC buck converter and 12V low-dropout (LDO) regulator provide the voltage rails to supply the MCU, gate driver, and external components, further reducing the bill of materials and enhancing overall system efficiency.

Further integrated features include bootstrap diodes for reliable startup and protection mechanisms that ensure robust operation even in demanding industrial applications. These include real-time programmable over-current protection, cross-conduction/shoot-through prevention, under-voltage lockout (UVLO) on all power supplies, and over-temperature protection.

ST provides a selection of ready-to-use 6-step motor-control algorithms for sensored or sensorless BLDC control, as part of a complete set of hardware, software, and firmware tools that simplify and streamline new-product development with the STSPIN32 family. In addition, access to the integrated STM32’s bootloader allows Over-the-Air firmware updates to boost flexibility and lower cost of ownership.

The STSPIN32F0B has an extended supply-voltage range from 45V down to 6.7V, allowing use in a wide variety of products including portable devices powered by as few as two lithium-polymer (LiPo) cells. To save power when the motor is idle, and thus maximize battery runtime, a standby mode is available that disables all circuitry except the DC-DC converter supplying the MCU. The STSPIN32F0B is in production now and available in a compact 7 x 7mm QFN package.

nVent Schroff at Embedded World 2019

The theme of the nVent Schroff booth at Embedded World 2019 was “Experience Expertise – Modularity, Performance, Protection and Design”. Join us as our experts give an overview of th...


Garz & Fricke Interview at Embedded World 2019 with Dr. Arne Dethlefs: We are strengthening our presence in North America

Through its US subsidiary, located in Minnesota, Garz & Fricke is providing support for its growing HMI and Panel-PC business in the USA and Canada while also strengthening its presence in North A...


SECO's innovations at embedded world 2019

In a much larger stand than in previous years, at embedded world 2019 SECO showcases its wide range of solutions and services for the industrial domain and IoT. Among the main innovations, in this vid...


Design and Manufacturing Services at Portwell

Since about two years Portwell is part of the Posiflex Group. Together with KIOSK, the US market leader in KIOSK systems, the Posiflex Group is a strong player in the Retail, KIOSK and Embedded market...


Arrow capabilities in design support

Florian Freund, Engineering Director DACH at Arrow Electronics talks us through Arrow’s transformation from distributor to Technology Platform Provider and how Arrow is positioned in both, Custo...


Arm launches PSA Certified to improve trust in IoT security

Arm’s Platform Security Architecture (PSA) has taken a step forward with the launch of PSA Certified, a scheme where independent labs will verify that IoT devices have the right level of securit...


DIN-Rail Embedded Computers from MEN Mikro

The DIN-Rail system from MEN is a selection of individual pre-fabricated modules that can variably combine features as required for a range of embedded Rail Onboard and Rail Wayside applications. The ...


Embedded Graphics Accelerates AI at the Edge

The adoption of graphics in embedded and AI applications are growing exponentially. While graphics are widely available in the market, product lifecycle, custom change and harsh operating environments...


ADLINK Optimizes Edge AI with Heterogeneous Computing Platforms

With increasing complexity of applications, no single type of computing core can fulfill all application requirements. To optimize AI performance at the edge, an optimized solution will often employ a...


Synchronized Debugging of Multi-Target Systems

The UDE Multi-Target Debug Solution from PLS provides synchronous debugging of AURIX multi-chip systems. A special adapter handles the communication between two MCUs and the UAD3+ access device and pr...


Smart Panel Fulfills Application Needs with Flexibility

To meet all requirement of vertical applications, ADLINK’s Smart Panel is engineered for flexible configuration and expansion to reduce R&D time and effort and accelerate time to market. The...


Artificial Intelligence

Morten Kreiberg-Block, Director of Supplier & Technology Marketing EMEA at Arrow Electronics talks about the power of AI and enabling platforms. Morten shares some examples of traditional designin...


Arrow’s IoT Technology Platform – Sensor to Sunset

Andrew Bickley, Director IoT EMEA at Arrow Electronics talks about challenges in the IoT world and how Arrow is facing those through the Sensor to Sunset approach. Over the lifecycle of the connected ...


AAEON – Spreading Intelligence in the connected World

AAEON is moving from creating the simple hardware to creating the great solutions within Artificial Intelligence and IoT. AAEON is offering the new solutions for emerging markets, like robotics, drone...


Arrow as a Technology Provider drive Solutions selling approach

Amir Sherman, Director of Engineering Solutions & Embedded Technology at Arrow Electronics talks about the transition started couple of years ago from a components’ distributor to Technology...


Riding the Technology wave

David Spragg, VP, Engineering – EMEA at Arrow Electronics talks about improvements in software and hardware enabling to utilize the AI capabilities. David shares how Arrow with its solutions is ...


ASIC Design Services explains their Core Deep Learning framework for FPGA design

In this video Robert Green from ASIC Design Services describes their Core Deep Learning (CDL) framework for FPGA design at electronica 2018 in Munich, Germany. CDL technology accelerates Convolutional...


Microchip explains some of their latest smart home and facility solutions

In this video Caesar from Microchip talks about the company's latest smart home solutions at electronica 2018 in Munich, Germany. One demonstrator shown highlights the convenience and functionalit...


Infineon explains their latest CoolGaN devices at electronica 2018

In this video Infineon talks about their new CoolGaN 600 V e-mode HEMTs and GaN EiceDRIVER ICs, offering a higher power density enabling smaller and lighter designs, lower overall system cost. The nor...


Analog Devices demonstrates a novel high-efficiency charge pump with hybrid tech

In this video Frederik Dostal from Analog Devices explains a very high-efficiency charge-pump demonstration at their boot at electronica 2018 in Munich, Germany. Able to achieve an operating efficienc...