The Easyboard concept was born to give customers the chance to evaluate products without committing to the expenses, time and resources typically necessary to design a customized circuit board.
Easyboards are simple and low-cost evaluation tools that wire-in a VIPower product to a load. This allows a straightforward evaluation of the device and of all the application functionalities, among which the auto-protection capability under hazardous conditions.
Each evaluation board includes a VIPower device soldered onto a small 2-layers PCB with heavy copper and thermal vias, to support maximum device current and customer-configured thermal relief strategies.
Easyboards come with the following part numbers:
Several evaluation boards are available for driving different loads as well as DC (VNH5xxx or L99H01), brushless (L99ASC03) or Stepper (L99MD01) motors.
The evaluation kits typically consist of a motherboard equipped with the microcontroller and a daughterboard assembling the Smart Power device. With the aim to make it simpler the board usage and settings, ST provides a dedicated and user-friendly software with a Graphical User Interface (GUI). The GUI enables the user to set Smart Power parameters and, at the same time, it shows real-time device diagnostics information like current, output evolution, battery voltage monitoring, board temperature and other values depending on the HW environment.
Available part numbers are the following: