Full Bridge PWM Gate-Driver Motor Control ICs

Full Bridge PWM Gate-Driver Motor Control ICs

Allegro MicroSystems Europe has introduced a new family of full bridge gate-driver ICs designed to drive a wide range of DC brushed motors with simple logic from a microprocessor.

The new A4955/56 and A5957 devices can support motor supply voltages up to 50 V and load currents of up to 20 A. These devices are targeted for both the industrial and consumer markets in applications such as robotic vacuum cleaners, vending machines, cash dispensing machines, coffee vending machines, ticketing machines, automatic gates and turnstiles, and sewing machines.

Flexible interface options are offered in three individual products, making the devices easy to fit into customers’ existing designs with little or no firmware changes.

The A4955 offers parallel control inputs which drive the bridge in forward, reverse, brake, and standby modes; the A4956 offers phase, enable and mode inputs which drive the bridge in forward, reverse, brake and fast decay modes; while the A5957 offers phase, enable, and ‘sleep’ inputs which drive the bridge in forward or reverse modes with slow decay synchronous rectification.

Unique features of the A4955/56 and A5957 include an analogue output function which can be used to monitor current through an external sense resistor (if used). A sample-and-hold circuit is used to capture the peak voltage across the sense resistor and hold it during the ‘off’ time until the next PWM cycle begins. The voltage is amplified by a factor of ten and fed to the analogue output terminal, providing the user with the ability to accurately estimate the current in the load in real time.

Another unique feature is the programmable gate drive. An external resistor sets the magnitude of the current into the gates of the external FET bridge, allowing the user to control the slew rate of the driver to help achieve electromagnetic compliance. 

More information: Allegro MicroSystems Europe