45-V, 2-A bipolar stepper motor driver with current regulation, 1/16 microstepping & smart tune  


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Number of full bridges 2 Vs (Min) (V) 6.5 Vs (Max) (V) 45 Full-scale current (A) 2 Peak output current (A) 2.5 RDS(ON) (HS + LS) (mOhms) 630 Sleep current (uA) 28 Control mode STEP/DIR Control interface Hardware (GPIO) Micro-stepping levels 16 Features Current Regulation, Smart Tune open-in-new Find other Stepper motor drivers

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HTSSOP (PWP) 28 43 mm² 9.7 x 4.4 WQFN (RHR) 28 19 mm² 5.5 x 3.5 open-in-new Find other Stepper motor drivers


  • Microstepping Stepper Motor Driver
    • STEP/DIR Interface
    • Up to 1/16 Microstepping Indexer
    • Non-Circular and Standard ½ Step Modes
  • 6.5- to 45-V Operating Supply Voltage Range
  • Multiple Decay Modes to Support Any Motor
    • Smart tune
    • Mixed Decay
    • Slow Decay
    • Fast Decay
  • Adaptive Blanking Time for Smooth Stepping
  • Configurable Off-Time PWM Chopping
    • 10-, 20-, or 30-µs Off-Time
  • 3.3-V, 10-mA LDO Regulator
  • Low-Current Sleep Mode (28 µA)
  • Small Package and Footprint
    • 28 HTSSOP (PowerPAD™)
    • 28 WQFN

  • Protection Features
    • VM Undervoltage Lockout (UVLO2)
    • Logic Undervoltage (UVLO1)
    • Charge Pump Undervoltage (CPUV)
    • Overcurrent Protection (OCP)
      • Latched OCP Mode
      • Retry OCP Mode
    • Thermal Shutdown (TSD)
    • Fault Condition Indication Pin (nFAULT)

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The DRV8880 is a bipolar stepper motor driver for industrial applications. The device has two N-channel power MOSFET H-bridge drivers and a microstepping indexer. The DRV8880 is capable of driving 2.0 A full-scale current or 1.4-A rms current (with proper PCB ground plane for thermal dissipation and at 24 V and TA = 25°C).

Smart tune automatically tunes stepper motors for optimal current regulation performance and compensates for motor variation and aging effects. Additionally slow, fast, and mixed decay modes are available.

The STEP/DIR pins provide a simple control interface. The device can be configured in full-step up to 1/16- step modes. A low-power sleep mode is provided for very low quiescent current standby using a dedicated nSLEEP pin.

Internal protection functions are provided for undervoltage, charge pump faults, overcurrent, short-circuits, and overtemperature. Fault conditions are indicated by a nFAULT pin.

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Technical documentation

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* Datasheet DRV8880 2-A Stepper Motor Driver With Smart Tune datasheet (Rev. C) Aug. 24, 2017
Technical articles Drive unipolar stepper motors as bipolar stepper motors with a simple wiring reconfiguration Apr. 09, 2020
Application notes Various Reference Voltage Driving Techniques for Motor Drive Current Regulation (Rev. A) Jan. 27, 2020
Technical articles How stepper motors improve noise and efficiency in automotive system design Nov. 19, 2019
White papers How smart tune regulates current in stepper motors (Rev. A) Mar. 19, 2019
White papers Stepper motors made easy with smart tune (Rev. B) Mar. 19, 2019
Application notes Smart tune for quiet and smooth stepper motor operation Feb. 19, 2019
Application notes Best Practices for Board Layout of Motor Drivers (Rev. A) Jan. 22, 2019
Application notes Smart Tuning for Efficient Stepper Driving Nov. 20, 2018
Technical articles Getting smart about tuning your stepper motor Aug. 23, 2018
Application notes PowerPAD™ Thermally Enhanced Package (Rev. H) Jul. 06, 2018
Technical articles The story of motor-drive integration Jan. 09, 2017
Application notes PowerPAD™ Made Easy (Rev. B) May 12, 2004

Design & development

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Hardware development

document-generic User guide

This dual H-bridge driver with integrated FETs, DRV8880 can drive stepper motor drivers up to 1/16 microstepping with an on-chip indexer. Aimed at 24V motors, this device features AutoTune(TM) adaptive decay mode, which automatically adjusts the decay settings during operation to achieve the motor's (...)

  • DRV8880 6.5-45V, dual H-bridge stepper motor driver with AutoTune™ adaptive decay
  • MSP430 MCU onboard
  • GUI for tuning
  • Supports 2.0A full-scale/1.4A RMS current output to motor

Reference designs

Closed Loop Stepper Motor Reference Design With Encoder for Stall-Detection
TIDA-01370 — TIDA-01370 is a TI design used for the stall-detection in a stepper motor driven by the DRV8880 in the presence of a closed loop feedback obtained with an optical rotary incremental encoder.  The reference design shows how to detect a stall using a closed-loop algorithm.
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24V Stepper Motor Design with AutoTune Reference Design
TIDA-00830 TIDA-00830 is an application overview of TI’s automatic stepper motor tuning feature known as AutoTune™.  This design showcases how quickly AutoTune can adapt to changes in system inputs or motor characteristics without the user having to apply any type of parameter tuning.  (...)
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