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TI spins motors in minutes with sensorless, brushless DC motor drivers

    TI spins motors in minutes with sensorless, brushless DC motor drivers

Integrated motor drivers accelerate product design by eliminating external
components and software development

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Feb. 20, 2013

DALLAS, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI)
(NYSE:NASDAQ) today introduced two 3-phase, brushless DC (BLDC) motor drivers
that allow designers to spin motors in minutes rather than months. Traditional
BLDC motor designs require five to 10 components, along with firmware. The
sensorless 5-V, 680-mA DRV10866 and the 12-V, 1.5-A DRV11873 cuts this
component count to one with no firmware required, significantly reducing board
space and system costs, while helping customers speed their time to market.
The devices also provide the lowest operating voltage and standby current to
reduce power consumption by up to 75 percent. For more information or to place
an order, visit

Key features and benefits of the DRV10866 and DRV11873

  o Highly integrated: Single motor driver eliminates the need for external
    gate drivers, inverters, position detection and feedback, along with a
    microcontroller (MCU) and firmware, to cut board space, system cost and
    development time.
  o Spins motors in minutes: Utilizes TI InstaSPIN-FAN motor solutions™, a
    fully protected robust solution with no coding and very few external
    components needed to get motors spinning.
  o Reduces power consumption by up to 75 percent: Wide operating voltage
    range of 1.65 V to 5.5 V and low quiescent current of 5 uA extends the
    battery life of portable devices, such as toothbrushes and shavers,
    compared to existing solutions.
  o Flexibility to add advanced control: Can be combined with a TI MSP430™ MCU
    for designs requiring user interface and closed-loop speed control.
  o Robust, reliable and fully protected: Advanced on-chip protection,
    including over-current, over-temperature, shoot-through and under-voltage
    lock-out, increases system reliability.

Tools and support

In addition to the motor driver, the DRV10866EVM and DRV11873EVM evaluation
modules (EVMs) include a simple TLC555 timer, frequency generator output, PWM
input and motor connection to enable fast, code-free motor evaluation. Both
EVMs ship with schematics and gerber files for a suggested retail price of

Support is available on the Motor Driver Forum in the TI E2E^TM Community,
where engineers can ask questions and get answers from TI experts.

Package, availability and pricing

The DRV10866 and DRV11837 are available today in a 3-mm by 3-mm SON package
for a suggested retail price of $0.39 and 16-pin TSSOP for suggested retail
price of $0.89, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities.

Learn more about TI's motor control solutions by visiting the links below:

  o Order samples of the DRV10866:
  o Order samples of the DRV11873:
  o Buy the DRV10866EVM from the TI eStore:
  o Buy the DRV11873EVM from the TI eStore:
  o Download the DRV10866 datasheet:
  o Download the DRV11873 datasheet:
  o Check out motor drive and control selection guides, training, videos,
    application notes and block diagrams:

TI spins motors

TI combines a rich history in motor drive and control, a broad portfolio of
analog and microcontroller products and a comprehensive offering of tools,
software and support to deliver efficient, reliable, cost-effective motor
solutions. Customers can get the right solutions at the right performance
level to quickly spin any motor, including AC induction (ACIM), brushed DC,
brushless DC (BLDC), PMSM and stepper.

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