Low Noise Single Coil Fan Driver IC with Built-In Current Limiting Functionality

Melexis announces the introduction of the MLX90297, a 600 mA single coil fan driver IC. Aimed at development of energy efficient cooling system designs, this latest device adds to the company’s portfolio of All-in-One single coil fan drivers, and is a further development of the successful MLX90287 device. It integrates a high sensitivity Hall Effect sensor with two powerful half bridge output stages.

In addition to the minimum speed setting incorporated into the MLX90287, the speed curve of MLX90297 can also be tuned through inclusion of just one extra resistor. The soft start and soft switching mechanisms have been further refined to achieve industry-leading acoustic noise levels, as well as low vibration at higher speeds, without maximum motor torque being sacrificed. The reduced driver resistance (RDSon) of the MLX90297, in combination with the built-in current limiting, allows application of this fan driver to fans with coil resistances substantially lower than 10 Ohm. The electro-static discharge (ESD) performance has been further enhanced to achieve 9 kV HBM. The device is offered in a straight lead SOIC8 package. A DFN10 3 mm x 3 mm exposed pad package option is also available for very small fans and fans with motor currents up to 600 mA.

”Our All-In-One MLX90287 in straight lead SOIC8 product has been received very warmly by the fan driver market. It lowers the total bill-of-materials cost and the complexity of the PCB design significantly by reducing the number of discrete components involved. Previously up to 22 resistors and transistors might have been needed for a TSSOP16 fan driver with an external hall sensor. Now just two resistors, and one decoupling capacitor are required for a SOIC8 fan driver solution,” explains Dirk Leman, product line manager for fan drivers at Melexis. “The MLX90297 is a natural evolution based on customer feedback. It offers a highly optimized solution for demanding high volume applications like VGA and CPU cooling, as well as white goods, and even low end server applications.“ With our world class expertise in Hall Effect sensing and motor control IC design, Melexis continues to strive to deliver better fan drivers at a lower cost, which is imperative in order to stay competitive in the fan driver market.“