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TMC2130 V1.0 Stepper Motor Driver - UltraQuiet, SPI, MicroStep Table



These TMC2130 Stepper Motor Drivers offer UltraQuiet operation & sensorless load feedback, with SPI interfacing & a programmable Microstep table.

0.95A RMS | Step/Dir | SPI Interface | Microstep Table | StallGuard2 | Stall Detection | Extended Control Pins

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3D Printers are great  toys  tools for experimenting, playing with and building novel or practical items, and are particularly good for prototyping without having to invest in excessively expensive blow-moulding services or other advanced manufacturing techniques. However, they can be quite noisy at times, and some users even place their 3D Printers in their garages or external structures to avoid this noise. This is why we know you’re going to be excited at the addition of these TMC2130 V1.0 Stepper Drivers to our catalogue, which offer high efficiency noiseless operations, as well as a plethora of other benefits that many people wouldn’t even realise without doing some research.

These Stepper Drivers are designed for high precision stepper motor control, and have become quite famous for their “UltraSilent” operations compared to the sometimes loud squeaks, buzzes and whirrs that often come out of drivers like the A4988 and DRV8825 Modules. And while their main feature is that they are nearly silent during operation, they also offer a few really exciting features that go by the names of SpreadCycle, CoolStep, StallGuard and DcStep – all patented by Trinamic, the manufacturers of these TMC drivers.

For anyone who visits our site often, you will have noticed that we actually have two versions of these TMC2130 drivers available for customers, with one being V1.1, and other being this V1.0. These are essentially the same, but these particular drivers come with extended pins for the MS0 through MS4 pins. This subtle change actually makes a big difference, and makes these boards far more versatile than the ones that we’ve stocked before, making it easier to install in both UART and Step/Dir mode, without requiring the removal or soldering of any pins.


The Key Features of TMC2130V1.0  Stepper Motor Drivers:

When comparing these TMC2130 stepper drivers to the many other options available, we see that these particular models have quite a few unique features that others don’t have. However, while there are a lot of features that differ from the features of other drivers like the TMC2100 Drivers and TMC2208 Drivers, the key features that we found to be particularly exciting include:

  • SPI Interfacing: Allows 3D Makers to communicate to these driver boards via serial SPI. And while this may sound more complicated than the age-old method of step/direction control, Trinamic have actually made this really easy, now allowing for real-time feedback from technologies like StallGuard2, while also making on-the-fly motor and current adjustments while the drivers are in full operation. Additionally, SPI only needs a 4-wire interface to provide these benefits, whereas step/direction would require up to 17 wires just to offer the same level of functionality. Of course, these drivers also feature the classic step/direction interfacing method as well, so if you’re eager to continue using the older method, you are still free to do so.
  • StallGuard2: Almost as a way to complement the SPI interfacing of the TMC2130, these driver boards also feature a technology known as StallGuard, which is a clever tech’ that is able to ascertain real-time sensorless feedback from the motors, typically caused by EMF and excess current. This allows you to technically utilise the motors as sensors, eliminating the need for end switches, as StallGuard2 can simply detect when the motors stall after reaching the end of their travel path. This is also more precise than simple end switches, as instead of a Yes/No kind of feedback, they get variable feedback from the motors depending on the speed, torque and other forces involved in the process. However, it must be noted that StallGuard2 can’t be used in conjunction with StealthChop (only StallGuard4 is capable of this), but it CAN be used on conjunction with SpreadCycle, which performs quite similarly to StealthChop, but doesn’t have quite offer the same level of smoothness throughout the entire torque range.
  • Microstep Table: As a way to expand even further on the very impressive traits of Trinamic stepper drivers, TMC2130 drivers also feature what Trinamic have called a Programmable Adaptive Microstep Table, which is an extremely clever system that attempts to do three things, which include distributing the Microsteps evenly regardless of how many Microsteps need to be done, provide a constant velocity even at slow speeds, and ensure constant torque independent of motor position (this last factor is quite complicated, and the solution was in fact quite ingenious). As such, you can now take your stepping to a whole new level with this handy How The Microstep Table Works guide, which should help you understand precisely what it does, and how you can tune it to cater to your specific motors.


TMC2130 Stepper Motor Drivers  -  Technical Specifications:

  • Model No.

– MKS TMC2130 V1.0                                         

  • Control Interface(s)

– Step/Dir

– SPI (Up to 4MHz)

  • Native Microsteps

– Up to 1/16

  • MicroPlyer Microsteps

– Up to 1/256

  • Logic Voltage (VIO)

– 3V to 5V

  • Motor Supply Voltage (VM)

– 5.5V to 46V

  • Rated Motor Phase Current

– 0.95A RMS

  • Internal Voltage Regulator

– Enabled

  • RDSon

– ≥0.5Ω

  • TMC Features

– MicroPlyer

– SpreadCycle

– CoolStep

– Stall Detection

– Passive Braking

– StallGuard2

– StealthChop

– DcStep

– Programmable Microstep Table

– Extended SPI Pins

  • Weight

– ±2g

  • Dimensions

– 15 x 20mm


Additional Resources:

  • If you’re looking for more basic information, check out this Trinamic SilentStepStick Drivers Page, where the most popular driver boards are compared against each other, listing some of the cool features that each offers.
  • If you’re struggling to figure out how to install or operate these drivers, or are simply eager to find out more about the ever-awesome Trinamic brand, be sure to check out the Trinamic YouTube Channel, where they feature instructional, informational and also fun videos regarding all of the projects they’re involved in.
  • If you’re at all confused about the SPI Interfacing and all of the steps like forming solder bridges, be sure to give this Trinamic TMC2130 SPI Interfacing Tutorial a watch, as it covers all of the required steps for setting these drivers up on your RAMPS 1.4 board.
  • Finally, although the models features on this site aren’t exactly the same as what we have in stock, this FYSETC Stepper Drivers Wiki Page offers a wealth of great information and insight into these TMC2130 stepper drivers, as well as many other popular drivers and breakout boards.


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TMC2130 V1.0 Stepper Motor Driver - UltraQuiet, SPI, MicroStep Table

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