Now available from Allegro MicroSystems Europe is a new product evaluation kit for helping customers during the design process for the company’s A4915 3-phase MOSFET controller IC. The kit consists of a printed-circuit board containing everything required to spin and control a brushless DC (BLDC) motor. All the user has to do is provide a voltage supply and the motor itself.
The A4915 incorporates on-chip Hall commutation and a unique speed control input, which takes an analogue voltage and generates a pulse-width-modulated (PWM) output with a variable duty cycle.
This arrangement makes it possible to efficiently control a BLDC motor with little or no microprocessing power, resulting in a 75% reduction in PCB space compared with alternative solutions on the market.
The A4915 evaluation kit is fully compliant to 50 V and includes everything needed to spin a motor. Six all N-channel power MOSFETs are mounted on the evaluation kit and can supply 30 A peak and 20 A nominal run current at room temperature. If larger loads are needed, the A4915 has jumpers that disable the onboard bridge and provide connections for an external bridge.
Another feature on the board that is designed to make operation and evaluation simple is the onboard 5 V regulator which creates the secondary supply for logic inputs.
This new development kit is targeted at both the industrial and consumer markets with end applications to include power tools, lawn and garden equipment, pumps, ticketing and ATM machines and household appliances.
The A4915 development kit is available for both the 28-pin TSSOP with an exposed thermal pad (suffix LP) and a 28-contact 5 x 5 mm QFN with an exposed thermal pad (suffix ET).