New Automation Systems Can Be Smaller, Smooth, and Silent with Advanced Motion-Control Chip from STMicroelectronics

Geneva, November 27, 2017 – The fine motor skills of precision robots can become even more advanced using the latest electronic innovation from STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications. Sophisticated, space-saving advanced laboratory-automation systems are helping medical centers cut clinical costs and accelerate turnaround times - to provide high-quality care for more patients - while industrial robotics including 3D printing have greatly enhanced accuracy and throughput in recent years. 3D printers can produce parts with complex shapes, quickly and accurately, and are becoming more and more affordable, for consumer and professional uses from prototyping to production.

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STMicroelectronics’ New Motor Driver with Embedded 32-Bit MCU Simplifies Motion Control for Battery-Operated Robots and Appliances

Geneva, October 17, 2017 -- STMicroelectronics’ STSPIN32F0A programmable motor controller contains fully integrated gate drivers for three external MOSFET half-bridges, an STM32F0 microcontroller (MCU), as well as a 3.3V DC/DC switching converter plus a 12V LDO, giving designers flexible motor-control options in a lightweight and compact 7mm x 7mm outline. The 48MHz microcontroller, with 32Kbyte on-chip Flash, can run motor control algorithms such as 6-step sensorless, field-oriented control or position-sensed control, as well as the user application.

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