Monday, December 12, 2011

Microchip’s 3-phase BLDC fan motor driver is industry’s first with resistor-programmable, sensorless sinusoidal architecture

CHANDLER, USA: Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, expanded its sinusoidal, sensorless, 3-phase BLDC fan motor driver portfolio with the MTD6505—the industry’s first and only standalone, resistor-programmable driver that enables the selection of multiple back-EMF coefficient ranges.

This unique feature allows engineers to design for a wide variety of 3-phase BLDC fan characteristics with a single device, thus saving time and money by standardizing multiple product lines on one driver and very few external components. Additionally, the low-cost driver comes in a 3x3 mm UDFN package with a 0.5 mm thickness for space-constrained applications, such as thin laptops and tiny BLDC fans.

To enable high energy efficiency and quiet operation with low acoustic noise and mechanical vibration, the MTD6505 includes a 180-degree sinusoidal drive. Being a sensorless driver means that the MTD6505 eliminates the need for an external Hall-Effect sensor, reducing both cost and board space. Additionally, the driver provides a number of on-chip protection features to preserve the motor’s life and avoid harmful operating conditions, including thermal shutdown, over-current limiting and lock-up protection.

“Microchip’s customers have been asking for a small, thin, single-chip device that can drive a broad range of 3-phase BLDC fan motor applications,” said Bryan J. Liddiard, marketing VP of Microchip’s Analog and Interface Products Division. “The MTD6505 is the most cost-effective, complete and flexible single-chip device on the market.”

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