The motor controller, with 64 KB flash memory and 4 KB SRAM, responds to OEMs’ demands for increased diagnostic capabilities in the area of smart actuators.
TDK Corporation expands its Micronas embedded motor controller portfolio with the HVC 4420F, featuring extended flash memory for the drive of small brush-type, stepper, or brushless motors. It is designed to satisfy the latest needs of the automotive industry to provide diagnostics capability newly introduced in the field of smart actuators. Start of production for the products is planned for 2020.
It has an extension of the flash memory to 64 KB and SRAM to 4 KB. Due to its larger memory and the built-in diagnostic feature set, the HVC 4420F offers the storage capacity and processing capability to execute these actions which are unique in the environment of smart actuators.
Thecontroller is part of the Micronas high-voltage controller family (HVC) for smart actuators. The HVC family combines an ARM standard microcontroller core with a wide range of additional functions in order to enable particularly compact and cost-efficient system designs for use in automotive applications and beyond. Powered by a 32-bit CPU core (ARM Cortex-M3) with 64 kB flash memory, the product contains, among others, timers/counters, interrupt controllers, multichannel ADC, SPI and enhanced PWMs with diagnosis functions, important for utilisation in safety relevant applications.
An advanced LIN UART with a LIN 2.x transceiver as well as voltage regulators to connect the device directly to the automotive board net (5.4 V – 18 V) do round up the all-in-one approach. Several power management modes help reducing the current consumption. Various integrated digital and analogue circuit units, such as comparators with virtual star point reference, current scaling and an embedded programmable gain amplifier allow users to minimise the number of external components. Due to its high processing power, the HVC 4420F allows complex motor control algorithms such as Space Vector Modulation (SVM) for permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSM), six-step commutation with sensor feedback or sensorless control, as well as various stepper configurations.
It comes with production-ready and highly flexible, parameterizable firmware with sophisticated communication, monitoring and power management functions (ASIL A ready), as well as a configuration tool. Customers can develop application software, based on the firmware, that is both efficient and effective and thus optimally design the combination of motor and control by gaining significant reduction in their time to market.