by Michael McRoberts

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Project 16 – Using an L293D Motor Driver IC

In the previous project, you used a transistor to control the motor. In this project, you are going to use a very popular motor driver IC called an L293D. The advantage of using this chip is that you can control two motors at the same time, plus you can control their direction. The chip can also be used to control a stepper motor, as you will find out in Project 28. (You can also use a pin-for-pin compatible chip known as the SN754410, which has a higher current rating.) Notice anything missing from the parts list? Diodes, perhaps? Not to worry; the IC has its own internal diodes, so you do not need one for this project.

Parts Required

DC Motor
L293D or SN754410Motor Driver IC
10KΩ Potentiometer ...

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