Deterministic motor control with FPGAs - demo kits to win

November 27, 2015 // By Julien Happich
This month, Microsemi is giving away two SmartFusion2 dual-axis motor control starter kits, worth $599 each, for readers of EDN Europe's companion title, EETimes Europe, to win.

The kit will let you try out Microsemi's deterministic motor control solution, compliant with industry coding standards for developing safe and reliable software for embedded applications. The solution has algorithms such as Sensorless - FOC, FOC with HALL, FOC with Encoder and FOC with Resolver for PMSM/BLDC motors. The position control algorithm of stepper motor supports up to 1024 micro-steps. The SmartFusion2 deterministic motor control GUI allows for the dynamic tuning of parameters such as reference speed, Kp/Ki gains of PI controllers and viewing internal signals for debugging.

The kit also supports various communication interfaces including Ethernet, CAN, RS485, USB, and others. Motor performance is tested for speeds exceeding 30,000 RPM for sensorless field oriented control (FOC), with a low latency of 1.2 μsec when implementing FOC with sensors and 2 μsec when designing sensorless FOC at 100 MHz, enabling switching frequencies up to 500 kHz.


For what project are you likely to use this kit?

To qualify for the reader offer and get the chance to win one of these kits, complete the Reader Offer entry form below and tell us what project makes you interested in this package.