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  • Start your brushless DC journey with motor startup (Part I)

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    Sensor-less BLDC motors are becoming more popular. But quick, reliable start up is a challenge as many system designers have already discovered. The most difficult design challenge is the startup from zero speed since almost every sensor-less solution...
  • The “spin” on motors in the “smart factory”

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    By Karl-Heinz Steinmetz I recently discussed my belief that the world is in the fourth industrial revolution, due to the rise of “smart” factories in a blog and white paper . You might wonder as factories become smarter using sensing, haptics...
  • What’s all the noise about sensorless BLDC motor drivers?

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    Creating a drive system for three-phase brushless DC (BLDC) motors has always been a task of balancing a handful of system requirements. Care-abouts such as efficiency, reliability, development time, protection, acoustic noise and cost have always been...
  • How to easily design sinusoidal, sensorless control for 3-phase BLDC motors

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    Have you ever imagined that three-phase BLDC motor control solution development could be as easy as building an application circuit using analog ICs, adding a few discrete passive components and the task is done? Is there a solution that removes the burden...
  • Energy-efficient motor control begins with the MCU

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    Increasing energy efficiency in everyday products can create a big impact on both the environment and your wallet. One of our customers, Contronics, has found a way to utilize efficient motor control in their products to cut energy consumption and help...
  • Our MCUs keep the motors spinning in electric vehicles

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    e-Traction , a company that develops powertrain technology for electric vehicles based on direct drive synchronous in-wheel motors, C2000™ Piccolo™ microcontrollers (MCUs) and InstaSPIN-FOC ™ motor control technology, is creating electric...
  • 15 exotic electric motors

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    Sometimes, the right motor for the system doesn’t exist yet. It starts as an idea, and undergoes a lengthy process of refinement, CAD creation, simulation, prototyping, testing, and then reworking. But when the need arises, engineers have demonstrated...
  • A chip that is as versatile as the designs you create

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    Technology evolves quickly. I may be pointing out the obvious, but this simple fact can cause many headaches when you are constantly trying to keep up with the changing landscape by using new components on a regular basis. Wouldn’t it be refreshing...
  • If you missed it - #TImotorHr recap

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    Wow! What a fantastic motor Twitter chat we had yesterday! Thank you to all who joined and participated for your feedback and questions! Dave and I both had a great time getting to engage with you on Twitter. We liked seeing how you are using motors and...
  • Save the date: #TImotorHr on July 31

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    Most people don’t realize just how vast the field of motor control is. In fact, when you think about it, motor control is the biggest sandbox in engineering! It encompasses field theory, analog design, digital design, control theory, filter design...
  • TI packs power into electric bikes

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    Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy the warm temperatures on your bike. Whether your summer plans involve racing down the streets of Paris or simply taking a leisurely ride around the block, bicycles with integrated electric motors allow for...
  • Center stage with Hall sensors

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    Have you heard about TI’s family of Hall effect sensors? The first four stars are here: DRV5013, DRV5023, DRV5033 and DRV5053 . We are all curious what star roles these new parts will play. One of the more famous roles of the Hall sensor is to...
  • Spin It! - Get Your Own Stepper Motor BoosterPack! BOOST-DRV8711

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    BOOST-DRV8711 Howdy and welcome back! We made it… After all the hard work, the finished product is here, looking slick, and spinning motors. Figure 1: BOOST-DRV8711 Standalone In my previous posts , we pieced together a system, found...
  • How does TI spin your motor? #TISpinsMotors

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    Motor drive technology is always being refined and spurring innovation in how motors are designed, controlled and driven. Here at TI, we understand just how important the motor drive systems that govern motor performance are. Whether you need to precisely...
  • How to get started with InstaSPIN™ and MotorWare™ software

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    Blog post co-authored by Blessing Osakue. You have a C2000™ m icrocontroller (MCU) with embedded InstaSPIN™ motor control software, and you are running Code Composer Studio™ integrated development environment (IDE), but what’s...
  • Relief to the rescue for rapid torque, velocity and position control

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    Are you struggling with rapid development of three-phase torque, velocity, or position motion control applications? We just released the new C2000™ Piccolo™ F2805x MCU series enabled with InstaSPIN-FOC™ and InstaSPIN-MOTION™...
  • Return of the Code Magi (part 3)

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    In this series we have been discussing the challenges facing the microcontroller industry over the last few decades, and some of the steps taken by MCU companies to remain competitive in a market that is becoming more and more crowded. Recently a few...
  • The Empires Strike Back (part 2)

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    With more and more MCU suppliers pouring onto the battlefield, the entrenched players found themselves under siege. Would MCUs be forced to surrender to the same fate that DRAMs did years earlier in the commodity wars? With so much at stake, MCU suppliers...
  • Core Wars (part 1)

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    I was recently invited to be the keynote speaker at a “Technology Day” event in Milwaukee, WI. (If you have never attended one of these events, you should seriously consider it, as they provide an excellent venue for valuable interactive technology...
  • Customer reduces motor control software development from one year to one month

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    We always appreciate the opportunity to share a customer’s success story. It’s one thing for us to tell you what our technology can do, but what really matters is the functionality and time savings that motor control system developers can...
  • There is more to be discovered with Hall sensors...

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    Hall effect sensors are used extensively in motor and position control applications, thanks to their incredible simplicity and cost effectiveness. TI just launched the DRV5000 Hall sensor family! To get your feet wet in rediscovering what Hall sensors...
  • Mind spinning possibilities: Hall effect sensor bandwidth in BLDC motors

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    Here in TI’s motor team, we are constantly deluged by requests for motor drivers that can spin a motor faster and smoother. In the brushless-DC motor realm, this is pushed to the limit with stringent requirements of speed, torque ripple and jitter...
  • Part 2 - Visualize a box, now think far beyond it

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    The intent of an integrated DC motor driver is to drive one or several specific DC motor types, including a brushed DC motor , brushless DC motor or stepper motor , with built-in control logic and MOSFETs (H-bridge and half-bridge). But, there are always...
  • Visualize a box, now think far beyond it - Part 1

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    “People who refer to out-of-the-box see the box ... People who don't know the box even exists are the innovative thinkers.” - Lisa Goldenberg The intent of an integrated DC motor driver is to drive one or several specific DC motor...
  • Spin it! - Designing Your Own Motor Drive and Control System (Part 5)

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    Part 5: Do's and Don’ts of Layout Design (cont.) Howdy and welcome back! We are getting close to the finale…! In my previous posts , we pieced together a system, found our components, conquered the mighty schematic and reviewed...