STMicroelectronics has announced a customisable motor-mounted module, which it claims is an industry first.
The module, called SPIMD20, can push brushless three-phase motors up to 2,000W, making it ideal for industrial sectors like robotics, conveyors, packaging machines, and process automation, which STMicro believes will benefit from faster delivery and lower costs as a result of the new technology.
SPIMD20 was developed in conjunction with Robox, a motion-control specialist, and it employs 1200V/40A IGBT power switches, a TD352 gate driver and two STM32 microcontrollers.
The module features a maximum DC supply voltage of 800V, a hardware safe torque off option, safe architecture meeting the IEC 61800-5-1 standard requirements, position feedback, vibration analysis, and thermal sensing.
It also comes with a serial programming interface and 2MB of on-board Flash memory and supports removable memory cards.
It offers support for EtherCAT and CANopen DS402, as well as including basic firmware that supports network connectivity and PWM driving. The firmware can also be fully customised.
STMicro believes that the technology will cut engineering costs, reduce time to market, and allow faster scaling of designs to adapt to market changes.