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Motor-Driver PCB Layout Guidelines (Part 2)

Printed Circuit Board for Instrumentation Application
Printed Circuit Board for Instrumentation Application

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In Part 2, we explore best PCB-layout practices for a variety of motor-driver package types.

Part 1 of this article provided some general recommendations for designing printed-circuit boards (PCBs) using motor-driver ICs, which require careful PCB layout for proper performance. Part 2 discusses some specific PCB layout recommendations for using typical motor-driver IC packages.

Standard leaded packages, like SOIC and SOT-23 packages, are often used for low-power motor drivers 

To maximize the power-dissipation capability of leaded packages, Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) uses a “flip-chip on leadframe” construction (Fig. 7). The die is bonded to the metal leads using copper bumps and solder without the use of bond wires. This allows heat to be conducted from the die through the leads to the PCB. 

 

Thermal performance can be optimized by attaching large copper areas to the leads that carry high current. On a motor-driver IC, typically the power, ground, and output pins are attached to the copper areas. 

 


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