MDrivePlus integrated motor + driver with step / direction inputs

MDrive® Plus with step / direction input


The MDrive®Plus with step /direction input is a 1.8° 2-phase stepper motor with on-board control electronics. Step/direction signals of a master controller, e.g. a motion controller, or A/B signals of an encoder are converted directly into motion. Settings for MDrive Plus step / direction input products may be changed on-the-fly or downloaded and stored in nonvolatile memory using the IMS SPI Motor Interface software provided. This eliminates the need for external switches or resistors. Parameters are changed via an SPI port.


The MDrive Plus with step /direction input is ideal for machine builders who want an optimized motor with on-board electronics. The integrated electronics of the MDrive Plus with step /direction input reduces the potential for roblems due to electrical noise by eliminating the cable between motor and drive These compact, powerful and cost effective motion control solutions deliver unsurpassed smoothness and performance that will reduce system cost, design and assembly time for a large range of 2-phase tepper motor applications.

  MDrivePlus Step/direction input
NEMA 14 NEMA 17 NEMA 23 NEMA 34 NEMA 34 (ac)

MDrive23 Plus Microstepping The MDrive 23 Plus step and direction input is a NEMA size 23 high torque 1.8° stepper motor integrated with an advanced, high resolution microstepping drive .

Features include:

  • SPI communication
  • +12 to +75 VDC (+12 to +60 VDC if quad length) input voltage
  • Up to 283 oz-in (200 N-cm) holding torque
  • Advanced current control for unsurpassed smoothness and performance
  • 20 microstep resolutions from full step to 51,200 steps per revolution
  • Optically isolated logic can accept sinking or sourcing inputs ranging from +5 to +24 VDC
  • All parameters are software configurable (setup utility included) - no external switches or resistors required
  • Specifications
  • Options / Accessories
  • Connector and P/N options
  • Downloads/Support

  • General
  • Comm
  • Motion
  • Setup Parameters
  • Motor
  • Mechanical
DC input voltage Range (includes back-EMF) +12 to +75 VDC (+12 to +60 VDC if quad length)
Power supply current requirement Max per MDrivePlus (depends on voltage and load) 2.0 (1,2 & 3 Stack)
3.5 (4 Stack)
Isolated Inputs
(Step Clock, Direction and Enable)
Sinking or Sourcing voltage +5 to +24 VDC
Current (+5 VDC Max) 8.7 mA
Current (+24 VDC Max) 14.6 mA
Operating Temperature Measured at heat sink (non-condensing humidity) 85°C
Measured at motor (non-condensing humidity) 100°C
Protocol SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface)
Isolation Galvanic
Digital Filter Range 50 nS to 12.9 μS (10 MHz to 38.8 kHz)
Clock Types Step/Direction, Step Up/Step Down, Quadrature
Step Frequency 2 MHz (Default), 5 MHz (Max)
Microstep Resolution Number of Settings 20
Steps per Revolution 200, 400, 800, 1000, 1600, 2000, 3200, 5000, 6400, 10000, 12800, 20000, 25000, 25600, 40000, 50000, 51200, 36000 (0.01 deg/μstep), 21600 (1 arc minute/μstep), 25400 (0.001mm/μstep)

Function Range Units Default
MHC Motor Hold Current 0 to 100 Percent (%) 5
MRC Motor Run Current 1 to 100 Percent (%) 25
MSEL Microstep Resolution See Specifications Motion tab above µsteps/step 256
DIR Motor Direction Override CW/CCW CW
HCDT Hold Current Delay Time 0 or 2 to 65535 msec 500
CLK TYPE Input Clock Type Step/Dir, Up/Down, Quadrature Step/Dir
CLK IOF Clock and Direction Filter 50 nS to 12.9 μS
(10 MHz to 38.8 kHz)
ns (MHz) 200 (2.5)
USER ID User ID 1 to 3 characters Viewable ASCII IMS
EN ACT Enable Active High/Low High

Test conditions: 100% current with damper simulating load.

Stack length Single length Double length Triple length Quad length
Holding torque oz-in 90 144 239 283
N-cm 64 102 169 200
Detent torque oz-in 3.9 5.6 9.7 14.2
N-cm 2.7 3.9 6.9 10.0
Rotor inertia oz-in-sec2 0.0025 0.0037 0.0065 0.0108
kg-cm2 0.18 0.26 0.46 0.76
Weight oz 22 22 39 62
grams 612 748 1111 1746

Torque-speed curves

Length LMAX LMAX1(1) LMAX2
Single 2.65 (67.31) 2.85 (72.39) 3.36 (85.34)
Double 3.02 (76.71) 3.22 (81.79) 3.73 (94.74)
Triple 3.88 (98.55) 4.08 (103.63) 4.59 (116.59)
Quad 5.28 (134.15) 5.48 (139.19) 5.99 (152.19)

(1) Grounding screw is not present on all products..


  • QuickStart Kit
  • Encoders
  • Linear Actuators
  • Connectivity
  • Protection

All-inclusive QuickStart Kits facilitate rapid design verification by bundling MDrive products with everything needed to connect quickly and conveniently, enabling engineers to confirm with confidence that their application's design goals are met.

QuickStart Kits including prototype development cables and/or communication converter needed to connect and communicatewith the MDrive product.

Order QuickStart Kits simply by placing a "K" at the beginning of an MDrive part number.

Connecting an MDrive has never been easier with readily available Communications Converters and Prototype Development Cables, in addition to Mating Connector Kits for use in building your own cables. Select the "Connectivity solutions" tab above for details on these connectivity options.

External encoder
Gives the user the option of using an optical encoder. Available in single-end and differential configurations with the following line counts: 100, 200, 250, 256, 400, 500, 512, 1000, 1024.

Optional external encoder cables are available (order separately):
Single-end Cable (12.0"/30.5cm) p/n: ES-CABLE-2
Differential Locking Cable (6.0'/1.8m) p/n: ED-CABLE-6


Combining leading all-in-one integrated stepper motor+driver technology with linear motion to deliver long life, high accuracy and unsurpassed repeatability, all in a package that is extremely compact and affordable.

NOTE: To view specific connectivity options for a particular MDrive model, see Connector options by P/N tab above.

Communication Converters

Electrically Isolated, in-line converters pre-wired with mating connectors to conveniently set parameters and program a single MDrivePlus via a PC USB port.

Converter Part Number Mating Connector Type
MD-CC300-001 (USB to SPI) 10-Pin IDC
MD-CC303-001 (USB to SPI) 12-Pin Tyco
MD-CC301-001 (USB to SPI) 19-Pin M23 Circular

If building your own cabling, you will need:

  • SPI inline converter or PC parallel port
  • Cabling with appropriate mating connectors for the MDrive model selected


Prototype Development Cables

Prototype development cables are designed to speed test/development with pre-wired mating connectors that have flying leads other end. No prototype development cables are available for the MDrivePlus using the 12' Flying Leads or Pluggable Clamp Terminal Strip.

Prototype Development Cable P/N Mating Connector Type Signal Type
PD12-1434-FL3 12-Pin Locking Wire Crimp I/O, Power & Communications
MD-CS100-000 19-Pin M23 Circular (Straight) I/O, Power & Communications
MD-CS101-000 19-Pin M23 Circular (Right Angle) I/O, Power and Communications

These Prototype Development Cables will ONLY be used if you are using your own SPI communications converter.

If building your own cabling, you will need:

  • Appropriate mating connector and crimp pins if required (Mating connector kits are available for Locking Wire Crimp style connectors)
  • Crimp tooling (Locking Wire Crimp) or solder station (19-Pin M23)
  • Shielded twisted pair cabling


Mating Connector Kits

Mating Connector Kits are used to build your own cables. Kits contain 5 mating connector shells with pins. Cable not supplied. Manufacturer crimp tooling recommended.

Mating Connector Kit P/N Mating Connector Type Shell Mfg. P/N Crimp Pins Mfg. P/N
CK-01 10-Pin IDC Samtec:  TCSD-0501-N --
CK-03 12-Pin Locking Wire Crimp Tyco:  1-794617-2 Tyco:  794610-1
CK-13 10-Pin JST Locking Wire Crimp for Internal Encoder JST:   PADP-10V-1S JST:  SPH-001T-P0.5L

Drive Protection Module

The function of the DPM75 Drive Protection Module is to limit the surge current and voltage to a safe level when DC input power is switched on and off to a motor drive. This provides the added protection necessary for reliable motor drive operation when switching the DC power, instead of the recommended AC power to the DC power supply. The device is designed to protect the motor drive when operating under all load conditions. This device does not protect the motor drive from wiring the power incorrectly.

The unit is capable of being used with 48, 60, and 75 volt rated motor drives. An external jumper selection is available so the user can match the circuit to their particular application. The DPM75 is capable of a steady state operating current of 4 amps.

The DPM75 can be used for any frame size motor drive, when properly configured. It can also be used for more than one unit provided the current and voltage do not exceed the DPM75's ratings. The maximum DPM75 ratings are 75 volts and 4 amps.

> DPM75 datasheet/quick reference

Select the desired features from the dropdown fields below to get an accurate part number and printable reference sheet with connectivity and accessory information.

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