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Toshiba Launches a Unipolar Stepping Motor Driver IC

Industry’s Leading1 High Voltage Analog Process Realizes Small Package

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced the launch of the “TB67S14x” constant current control motor driver series for unipolar stepping motors. The three motor drivers in the series realize a monolithic structure2 and small package by using the industry’s leading 80V analog process. Evaluation sample shipments are scheduled to start from December, this year.

Toshiba: "TB67S149FTG" with small QFN48 package, a motor driver ICs for unipolar stepping motors (Ph ...

Toshiba: "TB67S149FTG" with small QFN48 package, a motor driver ICs for unipolar stepping motors (Photo: Business Wire)

High speed, high power motor drives are required in applications that include amusement machines, home appliances and industrial equipment, where unipolar stepping motors are widely used. Driver ICs that operates such motors require a 60V or higher absolute maximum rating to hold tolerance against overshoot of reverse voltage, and a hybrid structure combining motor controllers and high voltage discrete FET (output circuit) or bipolar transistor is generally applied, resulting a large package size.

The “TB67S14x” series realize a monolithic structure by using a newly developed high voltage analog process, enabling adoption of a small package. The newly introduced QFN48 package reduces the mounting area to approximately 27% and the package volume to less than 2% that of equivalent products3 in a HZIP25 package, and will contribute to equipment downsizing. The series does not require the highly accurate external resistance for current detection essential for a conventional constant current control motor driver IC, due to integration of Toshiba original current detecting circuit (ACDS4), which also reduces the number of materials.

Main Features of the New Product Series
1. Small package realized by monolithic structure
The industry’s leading high voltage process (BiCD 130nm, 80V) achieves a monolithic structure and small package. A monolithic structure also reduces power consumption, compared with a hybrid structure and bipolar transistor.

2. Integration of Toshiba original constant current detecting circuit (ACDS)
Integration of ACDS eliminates the need for highly accurate external resistance for constant current detection, reducing the number of materials.

3. Variety of package line-ups
Small QFN and HTSSOP packages reduce the mounting area, while the HSOP package enables flow mounting on a paper phenolic board and the HZIP package supports continuous motor drive with high current.

4. Built-in abnormality detection function
The product integrates a thermal shutdown circuit, overcurrent shutdown circuit, and undervoltage lockout circuit, contributing to highly reliable application operation.

Amusement machines; home appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners;, industrial equipment including banking terminals; and office automation equipment.


Main Specifications of the New Product Series

Product Name   TB67S141   TB67S142   TB67S149
Absolute Maximum Ratings 80V, 3A
Package QFN48, HTSSOP48, HSOP28, and HZIP25
Excitation Mode 2-phase, 1-2-phase, W1-2-phase

2-phase, 1-2-phase,

Other Features

Built-in abnormality detection functions (thermal shutdown circuit, overcurrent shutdown circuit, and undervoltage lockout circuit). Built-in output function of abnormality detection flag (only the TB67S149)
Sequence-free of power supply by single power drive

Sample Shipment Schedule   December, 2013

[1]: As of September 2013, in the market for monolithic motor driver ICs. Toshiba data.
[2]: One chip is used in one package.
[3]: Compared with Toshiba’s existing product “TB6560AHQ”.
[4]: Advanced Current Detect System, which predicts the current of the motors and enables motor operation with highly accurate constant current.

Customer Inquiries:
Mixed Signal IC Sales and Marketing Department
Tel: +81-44-548-2821

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About Toshiba
Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at

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Semiconductor & Storage Products Company
Takashi Mochizuki, +81-3-3457-4963

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