I'm thinking of buying a pair of L298Ns, to control a pair of 1.6A motors. I'd like to control each motor with a signal PWM wire and a direction wire. However, I've hit a couple of problems.
- It is unclear whether the chip includes internal diodes or not. Some sources say yes, some say no. There also seems to be general confusion between the 298 and the 293.
- Looks like I need to invert the direction line so that the two inputs are opposite. However, if that messed up, current could flow through the chip.
- Would pulling the PWM "enable" line low while switching the direction signal solve this?
- Would a MOSFET be suitable to negate the signal?
Or would I do better just to buy this complete motor driver?