A3953: Full-Bridge PWM Motor Driver


This device is no longer in production. The device should not be purchased for new design applications. Samples are no longer available. Date of status change: January 30, 2012. 

Recommended Substitutions: For existing customer transition, and for new customers or new applications, refer to the A4973.

Designed for bidirectional pulse-width modulated (PWM) current control of inductive loads, the A3953S– is capable of continuous output currents to ±1.3 A and operating voltages to 50 V. Internal fixed off-time PWM current-control circuitry can be used to regulate the maximum load current to a desired value. The peak load current limit is set by the user's selection of an input reference voltage and external sensing resistor. The fixed off-time pulse duration is set by a user-selected external RC timing network. Internal circuit protection includes thermal shutdown with hysteresis, transient-suppression diodes, and crossover current protection. Special power-up sequencing is not required.

With the ENABLE input held low, the PHASE input controls load current polarity by selecting the appropriate source and sink driver pair. The MODE input determines whether the PWM current-control circuitry operates in a slow current-decay mode (only the selected source driver switching) or in a fast current-decay mode (selected source and sink switching). A user-selectable blanking window prevents false triggering of the PWM current-control circuitry. With the ENABLE input held high, all output drivers are disabled. A sleep mode is provided to reduce power consumption.

When a logic low is applied to the BRAKE input, the braking function is enabled. This overrides ENABLE and PHASE to turn OFF both source drivers and turn ON both sink drivers. The brake function can be used to dynamically brake brush dc motors.

Top Features

  • ±1.3 A Continuous Output Current
  • 50 V Output Voltage Rating
  • 3 V to 5.5 V Logic Supply Voltage
  • Internal PWM Current Control
  • Saturated Sink Drivers (Below 1 A)
  • Fast and Slow Current-Decay Modes
  • Automotive Capable
  • Sleep (Low Current Consumption) Mode
  • Internal Transient-Suppression Diodes
  • Internal Thermal-Shutdown Circuitry
  • Crossover-Current and UVLO Protection

Part Number Specifications and Availability

Part Number Package Type Temperature RoHS
Part Composition /
RoHS Data
Comments Samples Check Stock
A3953SB-T 16-lead DIP -20°C to 85°C Yes View Data Discontinued Contact your
local sales rep
Distributor Stock
A3953SLBTR-T 16-lead SOIC -20°C to 85°C Yes View Data Discontinued Contact your
local sales rep
Distributor Stock

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