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Industry 4.0 And Consumer Electronics Systems Development Made Easy With STSPIN

STSPIN by STMicroelectronics

It’s often not easy for designers of Industry 4.0 and other high-end consumer electronic systems to identify the right components for their applications. They need something that delivers the flexibility and power of a microcontroller-based motor drive with the convenience, simplicity and space-efficiency of a single chip. Furthermore, they have to be cost-efficient at the same time. With the STSPIN32F0, STMicroelectronics provides a motor control system in package that offers exactly what engineers are looking for.

As a pioneer in the field of motor and motion control ST is able to offer a broad range of motor drivers that fulfill the requirements of brushed DC motors, stepper motors and brushless DC motors (BLDC). And that’s not yet the end of the story, as an extensive range of voltage and current ratings can be served too. The latest release in the product line – the STSPIN32F0 – optimizes BLDC motor control strategy and at the same time provides high processing performance. Autonomous operation with minimal intervention from a central controller is the consequence.

STSPIN motor control system in package
STSPIN32F0 – The latest release in the STSPIN product line

The STSPIN32F0 comes in a convenient and space-efficient system-in-package. It combines a microcontroller and an analog IC in a tiny 7mm x 7mm QFN (Quad Flat No-Lead) package. A streamlined and simplified development of smart, feature-packed, precision motion controls will be ensured by power-control libraries and algorithms available from the rich STM32 ecosystem, which includes a full range of software tools, firmware libraries, and middleware. These advantages are perfect for the development of smart-manufacturing equipment, power tools, and cooling fans. But also emerging high-tech product categories such as drones, small robots, and home appliances will benefit from the capabilities of STSPIN32F0.

Inside the QFN package operates an STM32F0 microcontroller (MCU), which features the ARM® Cortex®-M0 core. Motor-control algorithms are hosted in the MCU that provide the fast algorithm execution times needed for precision control of torque and speed up to high rotations. A triple half-bridge gate driver is capable of handling currents of 600mA, which enables designers to select from lots of power MOSFETs based on the rating of their motor. The internal DC/DC buck converter provides the 3.3V voltage suitable to supply both the MCU and external components while an internal LDO linear regulator provides the 12V supply voltage for gate drivers. In order to ensure security, the MCU also has read- and write-protection to protect the embedded Flash memory against unwanted access. Features like over-temperature and under-voltage lockout protections as well as a standby mode to reduce power consumption can be found.

The STSPIN32F0 provides designers of Industry 4.0 and high-end consumer electronics applications an attractive and cost-efficient solution that offers a proprietary motor-control IP combined with off-the-shelf motor-control algorithms.

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