Advanced PWM Motor Controller


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PDIP (N) 20 229 mm² 24.33 x 9.4 SOIC (DW) 20 132 mm² 12.8 x 10.3 open-in-new Find other Brushed DC (BDC) motor drivers


  • Single or Dual Supply Operation
  • Accurate High Speed Oscillator
  • Differential X5 Current Sense Amplifier
  • Bidirectional Pulse-by-Pulse Current Limiting
  • Programmable Oscillator Amplitude and PWM Deadband
  • Dual 500mA Totem Pole Output Drivers
  • Dual 60V, 50mA Open Collector Drivers
  • Undervoltage Lockout

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The UC2638 family of integrated circuits are advanced pulse width modulators intended for a variety of PWM motor drive and amplifier applications requiring either uni-directional or bi-directional drive circuits. Similar in architecture to the UC2637, all necessary circuitry is included to generate an analog error signal and modulate two bi-directional pulse train outputs in proportion to the error signal magnitude and polarity.

Key features of the UC2638 include a programmable high speed triangle oscillator, a 5X differential current sensing amplifier, a high slew rate error amplifier, high speed PWM comparators, and two 50mA open collector as well as two ±500mA totem pole output stages. The individual circuit blocks are designed to provide practical operation to switching frequencies of 500kHz.

Significant improvements in circuit speed, elimination of many external programming components, and the inclusion of a differential current sense amplifier, allow this controller to be specified for higher performance applications, yet maintain the flexibility of the UC2637. The current sense amplifier in conjunction with the error amplifier can be configured for average current feedback. The additional open collector outputs provide a drive signal for the highside switches in a full bridge configuration. The programmable AREFIN pin allows for single or dual supply operation. Oscillator ramp amplitude and PWM deadband are programmable by tapping a voltage divider off the 5V reference to the appropriate programming input (PVSET or DB).

Additional features include a precision externally available 5V reference, undervoltage lockout, pulse-by-pulse peak current limiting, and a remote shutdown port. The UC1638 family is available in the 20 pin N, DW and J packages. Consult the factory for other packaging options.

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* Datasheet Advanced PWM Motor Controller datasheet (Rev. B) Feb. 07, 2007
Technical articles Why are you still driving automotive motors with relays? Jul. 13, 2017
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Technical articles How to create a dynamic power solution for stepper motors, relays and LEDs Nov. 01, 2016
Technical articles How to avoid motor and system overvoltage using AVS technology without external components Oct. 14, 2016
Application note Closed Loop Temperature Regulation Using the UC3638 H-Bridge Motor (Rev. A) May 30, 2001
Application note U-120 A Simplified Approach to DC Motor Modeling for Dynamic Stability Analysis Sep. 05, 1999

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