Intelligent Motor Control Chip Powers Smart Industry

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For designers of smart industry and high-end consumer electronics, STMicroelectronics unveiled a compact single chip for intelligent motor control, which it claims offers the power and flexibility of a microcontroller-based drive by combining a MCU and an analog chip in a tiny 7 x 7 mm QFN package.

Target applications of the STSPIN32F0 include smart-manufacturing equipment, power tools and cooling fans, as well as emerging high-tech product categories such as drones, small robots, and home appliances containing high-efficiency motors, such as high-performance portable vacuum cleaners or air purifiers.

“Designers of Industry 4.0 and high-end consumer electronics systems need freedom to optimize their motor-control strategy, as well as high processing performance to enable autonomous operation with minimal intervention from a central controller,” explained Domenico Arrigo, General Manager, Industrial and Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics. “The STSPIN32F0 makes these qualities accessible in a convenient and space-efficient system-in-package, taking advantage of the power-control libraries and algorithms available from our uniquely rich STM32 ecosystem to streamline and simplify the development of intelligent and highly-featured precision motion controls.”

The STM32F0 MCU inside the STSPIN32F0 features the ARM Cortex-M0 core, which is capable of hosting versatile motor-control algorithms such as sensored or sensorless FOC, six-step control, and others.

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The new STSPIN32F0 simplifies design leveraging the extensive STM32 development ecosystem, with software tools, firmware libraries and middleware available on top of the popular motion-control algorithms such as Field-Oriented Control (FOC) and 6-step control to streamline firmware development.

The MCU offers high performance for fast algorithm-execution times, needed for precision control of torque and speed up to high rpm, with bandwidth and headroom to support additional functionality, the firm says.

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The STSPIN32F0 motor-control system-in-package is in production now in 7mm x 7mm QFN, priced from $1.95 for orders of 1000 pieces.

For further details, view the full Press release.

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