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Allegro MicroSystems Europe introduces
new quad DMOS full bridge PWM motor driver IC

Allegro MicroSystems Europe offer a new quad DMOS full-bridge driver IC capable of driving up to two stepper motors or four DC motors. Each full-bridge output is rated up to 1.6 A and 40 V. The A5988 includes fixed off-time pulse-width modulation (PWM) current regulators, along with 2-bit nonlinear DACs (digital-to-analogue converters) that allow stepper motors to be controlled in full, half, and quarter steps, and DC motors in forward, reverse, and coast modes. The PWM current regulator uses the Allegro™ patented mixed decay mode for reduced audible motor noise, increased step accuracy, and reduced power dissipation. This new device is targeted at the consumer and office automation markets with end applications to include closed circuit TV (pan and tilt) applications, scanners, POS, laser, inkjet and label printers.

Internal synchronous rectification control circuitry is provided to improve power dissipation during PWM operation. A low power sleep mode is included to reduce power dissipation. Protection features include thermal shutdown with hysteresis, undervoltage lockout (UVLO) and crossover-current and over-current protection. Special power-up sequencing is not required.

The A5988 is supplied in two packages, EV and JP, with exposed power tabs for enhanced thermal performance. The EV is a 6 mm × 6 mm, 36-pin QFN package with a nominal overall package height of 0.90 mm. The JP is a 7 mm × 7 mm 48-pin LQFP. Both packages are lead (Pb) free, with 100% matt-tin leadframe plating.

Allegro MicroSystems LLC in profile
Allegro MicroSystems, LLC is a leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing high-performance semiconductors. Allegro's innovative solutions serve high-growth applications within the automotive market, with additional focus on office automation, industrial, and consumer/communications solutions. Allegro is headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA) with design, applications, and sales support centres located worldwide.

Allegro MicroSystems Europe, headquartered in Chertsey, United Kingdom, is the European sales and marketing operation, and operates a network of representatives and distributors throughout Europe. Allegro also has an engineering design centre in Edinburgh in Scotland and an application and marketing centre in Annecy in France.

For further information and download data sheets, view website: www.allegromicro.com

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