Toshiba Launches Brushed Motor Pre-Driver IC for Automotive EPS

TOKYO — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 30, 2015Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced the launch of “TB9057FG”, a brushed motor[1] pre-driver IC enhanced to achieve functional safety and for use in electric power steering systems (EPS). Sample shipments will start on April 1st, 2015, with mass production scheduled to start in November, 2016.

Toshiba: a new brushed motor pre-driver IC "TB9057FG" for automotive EPS (Photo: Business Wire)

Toshiba: a new brushed motor pre-driver IC "TB9057FG" for automotive EPS (Photo: Business Wire)

More and more safety-critical automotive systems, such as EPS are required to meet the requirements of ASIL-D [2], the highest automotive safety integrity level prescribed in ISO 26262, “Road Vehicles – Functional Safety.”

The new IC integrates key main functions, such as a pre-driver[3] circuit, motor current detection circuit[4], and motor direction detection circuit[5], plus various failure detection circuits, while functions including motor current detection circuit, power supply PIN, and GND PIN are made redundant to secure higher functional safety.

Toshiba has also carried out a range of functional safety analyses to simulate various system failures and will provide customers with documentation to support safety analysis and design.

Key Features

1. Various failure detection circuits for functional safety
Built-in VB under voltage detection circuit, VDD under voltage detection circuit, over temperature detection circuit, and short detection circuit[6].

2. Redundant function supporting functional safety
Dual motor current detection circuit for safety-critical systems, such as EPS. Power supply PINs and GND PINs have redundant configurations.

3. Under voltage operation
In consideration of voltage drop caused by cranking after idling reduction, the battery operation voltage range is improved down to 5V (min.) from 6V (min.) of the previous product.

4. Built-in motor current detection circuit and motor direction detection circuit
Simplifies systems and reduces PCB size.

5. Pre-Driver operation is selectable on failures detection.
Customers can set the system to respond to detected failures in one of two ways, using the input setting of the SEL pin. One setting uses this new IC to stop the external MOSFET, the other switches to external control of the MOSFET using the MCU. Selection can be made according to the customer’s application or system, and reduces loads on the MCU.


Main Specifications

Part Number   TB9057FG
Mass Production November, 2016
Sample Price(tax included) 300 yen
Mass Production Volume 1 million units per year
Channels 4 channels (high side: 2 channels, low side: 2 channels)

Voltage Range

+5 to 21V
Operating Temperature Range -40 to 125°C
Input signal Made for a direct control
Detection Circuits VB under voltage detection circuit, VDD under voltage detection circuit, over temperature detection circuit, short detection circuit
Motor Current Detection Circuits Converts motor current to voltage and output to MCU
Motor Direction Detection Circuits Detects whether external MOSFET turns on or off normally and output the direction information to MCU.
Package   LQFP48-P-0707-0.50C(9.0mm × 9.0mm × 1.6mm)

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