Bryant Tonkin

LIN/CAN remote gauge control with 1/6 or 1/12 stepping?

Discussion created by Bryant Tonkin on Nov 17, 2011
Latest reply on Dec 7, 2011 by petep


I'm a bit new to working with MCUs and such and I would like some suggestions on a project I'm working on.


My goal is to create a automobile guage system that consists of one central control module which will control a number of different "dumb" instrument cluster gauge pods that will be connected via LIN or CAN. I would like to keep the gauge pods as simple as possible.


My immediate challenge is finding the best way to control the mini stepper motors that are commonly used in gauge clusters. These types of stepper motors seem to run on 1/6 and 1/12 stepping instead of the more standard 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 stepping that most stepper drivers use. I've found stepper drivers with built in LIN modules that would seemingly work perfectly as a one chip solution except they do not support the 1/6 or 1/12 microstepping that the motor would require for smooth operation.


So my question.. Can anyone suggest stocked hardware that could be used for the "dumb" gauge pods that would communicate with a Master via LIN or CAN and require minimal hardware to smoothly and accurately drive a 1/6 or 1/12 stepper motor? I'll attach a datasheet for the type of motor I'm trying to use.