Microchip Technology announced the MCP8063-a highly integrated, cost-effective, automotive AEC-Q100-qualified motor driver that delivers superior performance in a small, 8-pin, 4x4 mm DFN package.  It is also the world's first to combine all of those features with 1.5A peak phase current for the 180-degree sinusoidal drive of a variety of three-phase brushless DC motor and fan applications.  This integration reduces cost and PCB area, and the high sinusoidal-drive performance provides high efficiency, low acoustic noise and low mechanical vibration for energy savings and quiet operation.  Additionally, the MCP8063 includes safety features such as thermal shutdown, over-current limiting and lock-up protection.

The designers of a broad range of motor applications in markets such as the automotive, IT, industrial and home-appliance sectors are faced with increasing regulatory and consumer demands for continued reductions in cost, space, noise and power consumption; with better performance and safety.  The integrated features of the MCP8063 motor driver solve these problems cost effectively, while providing a wide operating temperature range of -40 to +125 degrees Celsius.  Additionally, it supports the sensorless driving of BLDC motors, which eliminates the cost and space of a Hall sensor.

The MCP8063 motor driver works stand-alone or in conjunction with Microchip's large portfolio of PIC® microcontrollers and dsPIC® digital signal controllers.  This offers a high degree of flexibility for everything from simple voltage control to closed-loop motor speed control using high-performance algorithms, such as sinusoidal sensorless drive.  To enable development with the new MCP8063 motor driver, Microchip also announced the MCP8063 12V 3-Phase BLDC Sensorless Fan Controller Demo Kit (part # ADM00575), which is available today for $49.99 each.  Additionally, this tool comes with a user-friendly configuration GUI.  Microchip also supports its motor control and driver portfolios with a full range of development solutions, including firmware, algorithms, application notes, development tools, evaluation boards and reference designs. Visit Microchip's Motor Control and Drive Design Center at http://www.microchip.com/get/BTNR to access the complete repository. The MCP8063 motor driver is available today for samples and volume production, at the attractive price point of $1.12 each in 5,000-unit quantities.