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.