Stepper motors, also known as steppers, convert electricity into the rotation and can be very precisely controlled in terms of speed and rotation. Stepper motors are named so because each electrical pulse turns the motor by one step. The number of electrical pulses and their shape is usually controlled by a driver IC, which itself is controlled by low voltage signals from a microcontroller or similar controlling device. Since stepper motors can be very precisely controlled, they are used in many applications that require high precision. Larger stepper motors can be used to position machinery elements such as the robotic arms, high-precision welders, pick and place machines, and similar. Smaller steppers can be commonly found in 3D printers, compact disc players, CNC routers, and many other devices that require precise positioning.
Now that you are familiar with some general facts about stepper motors, it is time to present you Stepper 5 click, a complete integrated bipolar stepper motor driver solution, rich with many features that allow silent operation and optimal working conditions. The specialized TM2208 IC driver from Trinamic company far exceeds the capabilities of similar step motor drivers that are commonly used.
TM2208 is equipped with the OTP memory, which can store the working parameters for a specific step motor, avoiding initialization by the MCU, after every Power ON Reset (POR) cycle. Technologies, such as stealthChop2™, spreadCycle™, and microPlayer™, help to achieve high autonomy for the motor driving, using only the STEP and DIR input pins to set the direction and step propagation.
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