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The L293D is a popular 16-Pin Motor Driver IC. As the name suggests it is mainly used to drive motors. A single L293D IC is capable of running two DC motors at the same time; also the direction of these two motors can be controlled independently. So if you have motors which has operating voltage less than 36V and operating current less than 600mA, which are to be controlled by digital circuits like Op-Amp, 555 timers, digital gates or even Micron rollers like Arduino, PIC, ARM etc.. this IC will be the right choice for you.
Can be used to run Two DC motors with the same IC.
Speed and Direction control is possible
Motor voltage Vcc2 (Vs): 4.5V to 36V
Maximum Peak motor current: 1.2A
Maximum Continuous Motor Current: 600mA
Supply Voltage to Vcc1(vss): 4.5V to 7V
Transition time: 300ns (at 5Vand 24V)
Automatic Thermal shutdown is available
Available in 16-pin DIP, TSSOP, SOIC packages