Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

October 2022
Robotic Insect Toys Build Undergraduate Research Skills in Physics

Hexbug Nanos used in online lab course to teach undergraduate research skills in physics.

­Although the sudden switch to remote and hybrid learning was seen as an enormous challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic, academic and commercial interest in creative online lab class development has since skyrocketed. In the American Journal of Physics, by AIP Publishing, researchers from Pomona College i
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Date:
10/21/2022
Melexis Smallest All-in-One LIN Driver Propels Relay Window Lifters

Melexis Smallest All-in-One LIN Driver Propels Relay Window Lifters

­Melexis’ new LIN pre-driver IC for relay DC motors offers a combination of high power, compactness, and attractive pricing. The MLX81160 is the latest addition to the company’s Gen3 family of compatible embedded motor drivers. Its 48 KB of memory (16 KB ROM for the included LIN protocol and 32 KB Flash fo
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Date:
10/20/2022
GaN ICs Shrink Motor Drives and Speed Time-to-Market for eMobility, Power Tools, Robotics, and Drones

GaN ICs Shrink Motor Drives and Speed Time-to-Market for eMobility, Power Tools, Robotics, and Drones

­EPC announces the availability of the EPC9176, a 3-phase BLDC motor drive inverter using the EPC23102 ePower Stage GaN IC with embedded gate driver function and two  GaN FET with 5.2 mΩ typical RDS(on). The EPC9176 operates from an input supply voltage between 20 V and 80 V and can deliver up
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Date:
10/12/2022
Driving Wide Bandgap Devices

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­In power electronics, semiconductor transistors with a wide bandgap, such as silicon carbide or gallium nitride, are becoming increasingly popular. Higher switching speeds promise higher efficiency and higher power densities. Two reference designs from Würth Elektronik show how an isolated 6 W auxiliary power suppl
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Date:
10/01/2022