In this project, we will learn about L293D and L298N Motor Drivers and also about Interfacing DC Motor with 8051 Microcontroller with the help of both L293D and L298N.


When we talk about controlling the robot, the first thing comes into the mind is controlling DC motors. Interfacing DC motor to the microcontroller is very important concept in Robotic applications. By interfacing DC motor to the microcontroller, we can do many things like controlling the direction of the motor, controlling the speed of the motor. This article describes you how to control the DC motor using AT89C51 controller (or any variant of 8051 Microcontroller).

Circuit Principle

The maximum output current of microcontroller pin is 15mA at 5V. But the power requirements of most of DC motors is out of reach of the microcontroller and even the back emf (electro motive force) which is produced by the motor may damage the microcontroller.

Hence, it is not good to interface DC motor directly to the controller. So, we use motor driver circuit in between a DC motor and the microcontroller.

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Here, we are using L293D and L298N motor driver ICs to drive DC motors. Using these IC’s, we can drive two DC motors at a time. For L293D Motor Driver, the motor supply is variable between 4.5 to 36V and it provides maximum current of 600mA. In case of L298N, the motor supply is up to 46V and it can provide a current of 3A.

A Brief Note on L293D Motor Driver

L293D is a quadruple H- bridge motor driver, as the name suggests it used to drive the DC motors. This IC works based on the concept of H- Bridge. H-bridge is a circuit which allows the voltage in either direction to control the motor direction.

A Brief Note on L293D Motor Driver

There are 4 input pins for L293D. Motors directions depends on the logic inputs applied at this pins. EN1 and EN2 must be high to drive the 2 DC motors.

  • IN1=0 and IN2=0 ->  Motor1 idle
  • IN1=0 and IN2=1 -> Motor1 Anti-clock wise direction
  • IN1=1 and IN2=0 -> Motor1 Clock wise direction
  • IN1=1 and IN2=1 -> Motor1 idle
  • IN3=0 and IN4=0 -> Motor2 idle
  • IN3=0 and IN4=1 -> Motor2 Anti-clock wise direction
  • IN3=1 and IN4=0 -> Motor2 Clock wise direction
  • IN3=1 and IN4=1 -> Motor2 idle

A Brief Note on L298N Motor Driver

The L298N Motor Driver Module is more frequently used driver IC’s now-a-days. The current and voltage ratings of L298N are higher than that of L293D Motor Driver.

A Brief Note on L298N Motor Driver

For more information on L298N Motor Driver Module, refer to the “A BRIEF NOTE ON L298N MOTOR DRIVER“.

Circuit Diagram for Interfacing DC Motor with 8051 Microcontroller and L293D

Circuit Diagram for Interfacing DC Motor with 8051 Microcontroller and L293D

Components Required

  • AT89C51 (8051 Microcontroller)
  • 8051 Programmer
  • programming cable
  • 12V DC battery or Adaptor
  • L293D motor driver
  • DC motor
  • Electrolytic capacitor – 10uF
  • 2 Ceramic capacitors – 33pF
  • 10k resistors (1/4 watt) – 4
  • Push Buttons – 3
  • Connecting wires.

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Circuit Design

The major components in the above circuit diagram are at89c51 microcontroller and motor driver. Here, the motor driver input pins IN1, IN2 are connected to the P3.0 and P3.1 respectively to control the motor directions. DC motor is connected to output terminals of L293D. EN1 pin is connected to the 5V DC to drive the motor.

Switches are connected to the P2.0 and P2.1 of the Microcontroller in pull down configuration. First switch rotates the motor in clockwise direction and second switch rotates the motor in anti clockwise direction. 8th and 16th pins of the motor driver are connected to the +5V supply.

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  1. Declare P2.0 and P2.1 as inputs and P3.0 and P3.1 as outputs.
  2. Now check weather the first button is pressed or not. If pressed, then send logic one to P3.0.
  3. Next check whether the second button is pressed or not. If pressed, then send logic 1 to P3.1 otherwise send 0 to port 3.


About The Author

Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer holding a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan, Pakistan University. With a background spanning various industries, particularly in home automation and engineering, I have honed my skills in crafting clear and concise content. Proficient in leveraging infographics and diagrams, I strive to simplify complex concepts for readers. My strength lies in thorough research and presenting information in a structured and logical format.

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