TRINAMIC is a fabless semiconductor company developing ASSPs for motion control of fractional horse power stepper motors and brushless DC motors. TRINAMIC's integrated circuits are manufactured to the highest standards in the world's most advanced manufacturing plants.
TRINAMIC differentiates its expertise as a combination of understanding the specific requirements of motors and IC design know-how. While the competition often comes from and focuses on semiconductor technology, TRINAMIC is at home in both worlds -- the world of motors and the world of IC design. For customers, Trinamic's application driven approach means that they do not need an in-depth knowledge about motors nor about DSPs or control circuitry in general. Consequently, the design phase is vastly minimized resulting in significant labor and cost savings.
Trinamic´s mechatronics approach – the integration of electronic control, system thinking and precision mechanical engineering – attempts to achieve an optimal balance between the mechanical structure, in this case the motor, and its overall control. For instance, the methodology used in the design of the TMC246 stepper motor driver IC eliminates the need for external components and sensors: The motor is the sensor.
According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), mechatronics is an emerging technology that revolutionizes classical automation technologies. Mechatronic systems in cars will create completely new features such as adaptive light systems to enhance functionality and safety. They will replace pure mechanical systems such as break and steering systems. Applications will surpass vehicles, impacting the commercial and industrial automation environment. As a pioneer in this exciting new area, Trinamic is implementing mechatronics deep into motion control to deliver highly integrated, cost effective solutions with higher functionality and smaller form factor.
For customers looking for low volume solutions, Trinamic also offers complete modules, including hardware and software for specific motor control requirements. The modules combine Trinamic´s dedicated stepper control and driver ICs with extensive experience in designing custom and off-the-shelf motion control solutions. A powerful, yet easy to use programming environment makes stepper control as simple as a few mouse clicks - cutting six months off the time to market compared to chip-level development.
The most notable trend affecting the market for fractional horsepower motors is the rising use of DC motors in automotive application areas. Fractional horsepower motors are benefiting from a trend where technological developments and consumer demand are leading to the use of ever-smaller products. According to the latest Frost & Sullivan survey, it is projected that revenues in the market for fractional horsepower motors will be 5.4 billion dollars in 2006.