Toshiba Expands Collaboration with MikroElektronika Introducing the Clicker 4 for TMPM4K Development Board for Motor Control

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Comprehensive assessment of key functional parameters enabled, but with minimal investment needed

KAWASAKI, Japan, May 19, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation ("Toshiba") is strengthening the support it can offer to motor control design projects through its ecosystem of technology partners further. Thanks to the cooperation expansion with MikroElektronika (MIKROE), customers are now able to utilize a new evaluation platform.

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Toshiba: A "Clicker 4 for TMPM4K" stacked on a "Clicker 4 Inverter Shield," both from MIKROE. (Photo: Business Wire)

The MIKROE Clicker 4 development board for Toshiba’s M4K MCU combined with the Clicker 4 Inverter Shield is a simple to use and cost-effective solution for experimenting with BLDC motor control scenarios. The Clicker 4 for TMPM4K has an on-board debugger - avoiding the need for an external debugger. It includes four mikroBUS™ sockets for the connection of a wide range of different MIKROE Click boards™, enabling further functionality to be added. There are also extension connectors, JTAG/SWD debug ports, LED indicators and push buttons. This board is accompanied by the Clicker 4 Inverter Shield, which features six MOSFETs for motor driving, a switching power supply that is used to regulate the motor supply voltage of up to 48V, with a 5V regulated power source, which can be used to power the external controller board. Its flexible interfacing allows positioning feedback to be obtained from Hall sensors and incremental encoders. Over-current protection has been incorporated for assured reliability.

The M4K MCUs are already widely used throughout the industry, proving popular in next generation motor control implementations. These devices each rely on an Arm® Cortex®-M4 processor core with floating-point unit (FPU) and have memory protection units (MPUs) too. They can deliver 160MHz operation and have advanced-programmable motor driver (A-PMD) functionality, along with advanced vector engine plus (A-VE+) capabilities for vector control purposes. Their memory resources comprise 256kBytes of code flash, as well as 32kBytes of data flash.

The Clicker 4 for TMPM4K and the Clicker 4 Inverter Shield are supported by the MCU Motor Studio software available through the Toshiba website. It is a simple, well-structured, and versatile software featuring two main components: a Motor Control PC Tool that allows parameter configuration, drive control, and real-time logging and diagnostics via high-speed UART as well as the scalable, fully configurable Motor Control Firmware for the M4K MCU.

About MIKROE

MIKROE is a producer of hardware and software tools used to develop embedded systems. The company produces various boards for interfacing microcontrollers to peripherals such as sensors, motor drivers and more.
Find out more about MIKROE at: https://www.mikroe.com/

Additional details on the Toshiba M4K MCUs for motor control can be found here:
https://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/ap-en/semiconductor/product/microcontrollers/txz4aplus-series.html

* mikroBUS and Click boards are trademarks of MIKROE.
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