SAN FRANCISCO—Texas Instruments Inc. Thursday (Aug. 30) announced four new compatible motor control kits for motor control development.
TI (Dallas) said the kits spin three-phase brushless DC motors in minutes. Developers can scale their product lines using TI's portfolio of microcontrollers (MCUs) ranging from 16-bit ultra-low-power MSP430 devices to 32-bit ARM-based, floating-point Hercules safety and Stellaris MCUs, the company said. All four kits are part of an ecosystem that provides all of the hardware, software and documentation necessary to get motors spinning out of the box in minutes, according to TI.
The new motor control kits include object-oriented software functions and drivers that make coding easy and compatible, enabling simple and cost-effective portability across TI MCU and motor driver families, TI said. Each motor control kit includes a motor driver monitoring cycle-by-cycle over-current, over-temperature, cross-conduction and under-voltage situations, the company said.
The kits have the firmware required to run TI's sensorless InstaSpin-BLDC motor control software solution, TI said. InstaSpin-BLDC is a free back-electromagnetic field technique that sensorlessly spins any motor in seconds without knowledge of a motor's parameters.
All motor control kits also contain TI's Code Composer Studio integrated development environment (, as well as a graphical user interface to run examples and demonstrations with either the included or a self-provided motor, TI said.
TI's Hercules DRV8301-LS31-KIT and DRV8301-RM48-KIT safe motor control kits are $499 and include the Teknic servo motor and a 24V power supply, TI said. The MSP430 DRV8312-430FR-KIT and Stellaris DK-LM4F-DRV8312 kits are available for purchase for $299 and include a 24V NEMA17 BLDC motor with hall sensors and 24V power supply, the company said. Developers with a compatible motor driver base can also buy the Hercules TMDX570LS31CNCD or TMDXRM48CNCD controlCARD modules for $99. The MSP430 MSP-CNCD-FR5739 and Stellaris MDL-LM4F211CNCD controlCARD modules are available separately for $49, TI said.
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