Dual-axis motor control kit uses mixed-signal programmable IC

March 13, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Microsemi has used its SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA as the hardware basis of a dual-axis motor control development package, that includes an IP suite and reference design to simplify motor control designs, and provide 30,000 RPM performance

The kit, which simplifies motor control designs using a single SoC FPGA, is scalable across a range of designs. Typical applications include factory and process automation, robotics, transportation, avionics and defence motor control platforms. The SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA dual-axis motor control kit comes ready to use with a compact evaluation board (hardware), access to Microsemi’s encrypted motor control IP, and a Libero Gold Edition (software) licence to jumpstart motor control designs. The kit uses a modular SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA daughter card that enables customers to partition their motor control solutions for hardware only or hardware/software implementation using the modular motor control IP suite and the ARM Cortex M3 MCU in SmartFusion2.

Microsemi’s new starter kit is suitable for customers who need scalable multi-axis motor control, and more performance than an MCU/DSP-based kit, with the ability to integrate additional system function on the FPGA. The kit provides a flexible design platform for customers to scale motor/motion control solutions across compact, standard and premium AC drives and custom stepper/servo motor applications.

SmartFusion2 with Microsemi’s motor control IP enables customers to offload CPU/DSP processing to the FPGA for faster parallel processing. The modular IP suite running on the FPGA is able to drive two BLDC/stepper motor channels with the motor controller kit (while the IP can scale to six-axis) or drive motor performance beyond 30,000 RPM. SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs can lower total (silicon) device power consumption by more than 50% and lowers static power by 10 times over competing SRAM-based FPGAs. The security features available in SmartFusion2 also safeguard connected motors against hackers and intellectual property theft.

For a limited time, the kit will be priced at a promotional value of $599 and will be available through distribution as part # SF2-MC-STARTER-KIT.

Microsemi; www.microsemi.com/products/fpga-soc/design-resources/system-solutions/motor-control