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Stepping Motors Fundamentals

Authored on: Mar 2, 2005 by Reston Condit and Douglas W. Jones

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Stepping motors fill a unique niche in the motor control world. These motors are commonly used in measurement and control applications. Sample applications include ink jet printers, CNC machines and volumetric pumps. Several features common to all stepper motors make them ideally suited for these types of applications.

The following sections discuss the most common types of stepper motors, what circuitry is needed to drive these motors, and how to control stepping motors with a microcontroller.

For more information on stepping motors, visit Microchip Technology's Web site.

Reprinted with permission of the copyright owner, Microchip Technology Incorporated. All rights reserved. No further reprints or reproductions may be made without Microchip Technology Inc.'s prior written consent.

Information contained in this publication regarding device applications and the like is intended as suggestion only and may be superseded by updates. No representation or warranty is given, and no liability is assumed by Microchip Technology Inc. with respect to the accuracy or use of such information, or infringement of patents arising from such use or otherwise. Use of Microchip Technology Inc. products as critical components in life support systems is not authorized except with express written approval by Microchip Technology Inc. No licenses are conveyed implicitly or otherwise under any intellectual property rights.

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