12-V to 24-V nominal, 3.5-A peak sensorless sinusoidal control 3-phase BLDC motor driver


Product details


Rating Catalog Control method Sinusoidal Control Architecture Integrated FET Control interface 1xPWM, Analog, Serial RDS(ON) (HS + LS) (mOhms) 250 Peak output current (A) 3 Vs (Min) (V) 6.2 Vs ABS (Max) (V) 45 Features Buck Step Down Converter, Initial Position Detect (IPD), Rotor Lock Protection, SPI/I2C, Integrated Motor Control, Integrated FETs, Tach/FG Feedback Operating temperature range (C) -40 to 125 open-in-new Find other Brushless DC (BLDC) motor drivers

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  • Operation Voltage Range:
    • Motor Operation, 6.2 V to 28 V
  • Total Driver H + L rDS(on)
    • 250 mΩ at TA = 25°C
  • Drive Current: 2-A Continuous Winding Current (3-A Peak)
  • Sensorless Sinusoidal 180° Commutation Scheme
  • Configurable Output PWM Slew Rate and Frequency for EMI Management
  • Initial Position-Detect Algorithm to Avoid Back-Spin During Start-Up
  • No External Sense Resistor Required
  • Flexible User Interface Options:
    • I2C Interface: Access Registers for Command and Feedback
    • Dedicated SPEED Pin: Accepts Either Analog or PWM Input
    • Dedicated FG Pin: Provides TACH Feedback
    • Spin-Up Profile Can Be Customized With EEPROM
    • Forward-Reverse Control With DIR Pin
  • Integrated Buck Converter, 5‑V, 100-mA
  • Integrated LDO, 3.3‑V, 20-mA
  • Standby Current, 8.5-mA
  • Supply Current of 8.5 mA With Standby Version (DRV10987S)
  • Supply Current of 48 µA With Sleep Version (DRV10987D)
  • Protection Features
    • Overcurrent Protection (Phase-to-Phase, Phase-to-GND and Phase-to-VCC Short Circuits)
    • Lock Detection to Detect Rotor Lock Condition
    • Anti-Voltage Surge (AVS) Protection
    • Undervoltae Lockout (UVLO)
    • Overvoltage Protection
    • Thermal Warning and Shutdown
  • Thermally Enhanced Package

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The DRV10987 device is a 3-phase sensorless 180° sinusodial motor driver with integrated power MOSFETs, which can provide continuous drive current up to 2 A. The device is specifically designed for cost-sensitive, low-noise, low-external-component-count fan and pump applications.

The DRV10987 device delivers current to the motor with supply voltage as low as 6.2 V. If the power supply voltage is higher than 28 V, the device stops driving the motor and protects the DRV10987 circuitry.

TI provides DRV10987 tuning Guide for quick setup and tuning of the device for optimal performance.

The DRV10987 device uses a proprietary sensorless control scheme to provide continuous sinusoidal drive, which significantly reduces the pure tone acoustics that typically occur as a result of commutation. The interface to the device is designed to be simple and flexible. The motor can be controlled directly through PWM, analog, or I2C inputs. Motor speed feedback is available through both the FG pin and the I2C interface simultaneously.

The DRV10987 device features an integrated buck regulator to step down the supply voltage efficiently to 5 V for powering both internal and external circuits. The 3.3-V LDO also may be used to provide power for external circuits. The standby-mode (8.5 mA) version (DRV10987S) leaves the regulator running, and the sleep-mode (48 µA) version (DRV10987D) shuts the regulator off. Throughout this data sheet, the DRV10987 part number is used for both devices, that is, DRV10987D (sleep version) and DRV10987S (standby version), except for specific discussions of sleep vs standby functionality.

An I2C interface allows the user to reprogram specific motor parameters in registers and to program the EEPROM to help optimize the performance for a given application. The DRV10987 device is available in a thermally-efficient HTSSOP, 24-pin package with an exposed thermal pad. The operating ambient temperature is specified from –40°C to 125°C.

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* Data sheet DRV10987 12- to 24-V, Three-Phase, Sensorless BLDC Motor Driver datasheet (Rev. C) Aug. 06, 2018
Technical article A basic brushless gate driver design – part 3: integrated vs. discrete half bridges Dec. 16, 2020
Application note Best Practices for Board Layout of Motor Drivers (Rev. A) Jan. 22, 2019
Application note When to Use DRV10987 or DRV10983 Oct. 19, 2018
Technical article Designing efficient, high-performing appliances with BLDC motors Jul. 12, 2018
Technical article Connectivity helps integrate intelligent motor control on a single MCU Jun. 06, 2018
User guide DRV109xxEVM Quick Start Guide (Rev. C) Mar. 07, 2018
Technical article Cut the power and complexity of your appliance designs Feb. 06, 2018
User guide DRV10983, DRV10975, DRV10983-Q1, and DRV10987 Programming Tool Reference Design (Rev. A) Oct. 17, 2017
User guide User's Guide For The TIDA-01373 (Rev. A) Oct. 10, 2017
User guide DRV10987 Evaluation Module User's Guide Aug. 30, 2017
User guide DRV10987 Tuning Guide Aug. 30, 2017
User guide DRV10983x, DRV10975x, and DRV10987 IPD Tuning Guide (Rev. A) May 30, 2017
Application note How to Design a Thermally-Efficient Integrated BLDC Motor Drive PCB (Rev. A) Feb. 05, 2017
Application note Tuning Lead Angle in DRV10x Sensorless BLDC Drivers Oct. 09, 2012

Design & development

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Hardware development

document-generic User guide
The DRV10987EVM evaluation module (EVM) serves as a user-friendly evaluation kit to demonstrate TI's fully integrated brushless motor driver, DRV10987. The EVM is a high-performance, power-efficient and cost-effective platform that speeds development for quicker time to market. The DRV10987EVM (...)
  • Power Supply Voltage Range: 6.2V to 28.0V
  • I2C Interface: Access Registers for Command and Feedback
  • No External Sense Resistor or LDO Required

Software development

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Design tools & simulation

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Reference designs

Thermally optimized 2-Layer 60-W Sensorless BLDC Motor Drive Reference Design
TIDA-01493 — This reference design is a sensorless brushless DC (BLDC) motor sinusoidal drive using the DRV10987 motor driver. The PCB is designed to lower the temperature of the DRV10987. The design targets cases that can over heat the DRV10987 or cases that need a low-case temperature due to material such as (...)
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24V, 36W Sensorless BLDC Sinusoidal Motor Drive With Closed-Loop Speed Control Reference Design
TIDA-01585 — This brushless DC (BLDC) motor drive reference design uses closed-loop control to achieve a very-high speed accuracy using only two chips. The first chip is a cost effective entry level MCU out of the popular ultra-low power MSP430 family. The other (DRV10987) is a three-phase, sensorless, 180° (...)
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EEPROM Programming Tool Reference Design
TIDA-01373 — The TIDA-01373 is a reference hardware and software example of a scalable programming tool for the DRV10983, DRV10975, DRV10983-Q1, and DRV10987 integrated BLDC motor drivers. These devices feature configurable EEPROM registers that need to be set to motor-specific parameters. This reference design (...)
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