Smart motoring across the motion control landscape
No, Monolithic Power Systems is not selling a Batmobile or even the chassis of one. What the power-house semiconductor company was demonstrating was its various platforms and technologies in the motion control space. It also highlighted MPS’ focus on “smart motors” comprised of integrated motor control, position sensors and local MCUs, designed to lower the barrier of entry for brushless DC motor customers.
The mCar integrates MPS power and motion control components in a real, large-scale system, including brushless-DC motor control modules (MP6570) used for steering and shock actuation, and magnetic angle sensors (MA702) used in the steering wheel, foot pedal, frame pivot, and final steering axis output sensing. In addition, there are also voltage converters and regulators, power drivers, and several other ICs utilized in the MCU, battery support, and communication subsystems