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Electric Power Steering (EPS)

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By assisting driver effort in controlling a  vehicle's steering wheel, electric power steering (EPS) systems improve directional control and passenger safety while reducing engine loading, thus improving fuel efficiency.  Electric power steering (EPS) systems use an electric motor – typically a three-phase brushless DC (BLDC) motor – to replace the hydraulic actuation mechanism. An EPS can improve the driver's directional control of the vehicle and reduce engine loading, thus improving its fuel efficiency. It also enables variable-assist power steering where the level of assistance is greater at lower speeds when it is needed most and reduced at higher speeds.

Solutions for BLDC motors

ST's solutions for EPS include a full range of three-phase gate drivers and Power MOSFETs for driving BLDC motors, including 48 V domains. Dedicated power management ICs, and CAN transceivers as well as a wide range of flexible and innovative application-specific standard products (ASSP),  covering all possible system partitions. SPC5 32-bit automotive microcontrollers provide the overall system control.

eDesignSuite

eDesignSuite is a comprehensive set of easy-to-use design-aid utilities ready to help you streamline the system development process with a wide range of ST products.

Thermal-electrical Simulators for Components

Power Management Design Center

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AC Switches Simulator

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Get junction temperature and blocking voltage graphs
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Rectifier Diodes Simulator

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Estimate power losses
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STPOWER Studio

Supports long mission profiles
Provides power loss and temperature graphs
Helps define heatsink thermal properties

Twister Sim

Help select the right ViPOWER Automotive power device
Supports load-compatibility, wiring harness optimization, fault condition impact and diagnostic analysis
Supports various PCB configurations

TVS Simulator

Specify system ratings and surge waveform
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Power Supply Design Tool

SMPS design, by topology, by type and by product
PFC design with analog and digitial control
Supports various PCB configurations
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LED Lighting Design Tool

Handles AC-DC and DC-DC design in common topologies
Displays interactive and annotated schematic
Provides current/voltage graphs, Bode plots, efficiency curves and power-loss data
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AC/DC

Digital Power Workbench

Provides a step-by-step optimized design of power section and control loop
Generates the STM32Cube embedded software package for custom applications and allows firmware project generation, compatible with multiple STM32 IDEs

Power Tree Designer

Specify input/output power for each node in the tree
Check for consistency
Design each individual node
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Electric traction for small vehicles (up to 48V BLDC motors)
Electric traction for small vehicles (up to 48V BLDC motors)