Segger adds J-Link support for TDK-Micronas motor controllers

Segger adds J-Link support for TDK-Micronas motor controllers

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By Nick Flaherty

Segger has added support for the latest HVC 5X system on chip motor controllers from TDK-Micronas to its J-Link debugger.

The HVC5 family controllers use an ARM Cortex-M3 core with motor control algorithms and a range of outputs. The HVC 5221D has four 500 mA outputs for stepper, brushless (BLDC), and brushed DC motors with 32 KB Flash memory and a LIN interface while the HVC 5222C has three 1A outputs for BLDC or BDC motors with 32 KB Flash memory and a LIN interface. Samples were available in February with the start of production planned for the beginning of 2024 with a focus on automotive motor designs.

The latest hardware versions of all commercial SEGGER J-Link models ( J-Link PRO, J-Link ULTRA+, J-Link PLUS, and J-Link BASE) now support high-speed download and debugging of these cores via JTAG and SWD.

“Segger was not only quick to support our new SoCs but has also outperformed the competition in more than one case,” says Berko Kletzander, Product Line Manager for Motor Control ICs from TDK-Micronas.

“The ability to tap into their expertise is a great asset for embedded system developers. At TDK, we are delighted to have this support as it makes bringing our next-generation embedded motor controller family to the world a lot easier. We look forward to much more cooperation in the future,” he said.

The HVC 5x family is an application specific development of the HVC 4x family that was intended as a “one IC fits all” motor controller. Both of the HVC 5x devices include seven general-purpose I/O ports and many automotive diagnostic and safety features in a small form-factor 24-pin QFN package. All HVC 5x controllers are pin compatible for easier design and scalability.

“Everyone in the embedded world knows the J-Link, and we all know TDK,“ says Dirk Akemann, Marketing Manager at SEGGER. “Both Segger and TDK-Micronas take pride in their decades of in-house operations – TDK in manufacturing and Segger in software and hardware development. Both have their products in use in billions of locations.”

J-Link has a download speed of up to 4 MB/s, and the ability to set an unlimited number of breakpoints in the flash memory of MCUs and comes with free software and firmware updates. All supported devices can be used without the need to buy an additional license with no hidden costs and no future costs.

The TDK-Micronas core support has already been added to the J-Link software pack, which is available for download.

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