Texas Instruments announced the DRV8312-C2-KIT motor control evaluation kit for spinning brushless DC (BLDC) and permanent magnet synchronous (PMSM) motors. The sensorless field-oriented control (FOC) and trapezoidal commutation platform spins motors out of the box. It speeds the development of sub-50-V and 6.5-A brushless motors for driving medical pumps, gates, lifts, small pumps, industrial and consumer robotics and automation. The kit includes includes CCStudio IDE (no compiler or memory limitations), documentation, software source, and hardware development package (bill of materials, schematics, and gerbers). The TI DRV8312-C2-KIT is available now for $299.
Microchip Technology introduced the dsPICDEM MCHV Development System (for high-voltage motors) and the dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board (for stepper motors). The development tools enable rapid designs using dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs). Both tools are available today. The dsPICDEM MCHV Development System (part # DM330023) is $650. The dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board (part # DM330022) is $129.99, and is also available as the dsPICDEM MCSM Development Kit (part # DV330021, $269.99), which includes a stepper motor and 24-volt power supply.