Infineon adds power boards to fast-track motor control platform

November 22, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Infineon Technologies has added two power boards to its family of iMOTION Modular Application Design Kits (MADK). The two half bridge boards provide a scalable design platform for 3-phase motor drives in the range from 20W to 300W.

The MADK aims at applications in the field of industrial and home appliances, for example, pumps, fans, air conditioners and major home appliances. The latest power boards also address battery powered applications. Using the kit, a functional motor system can be running in less than one hour, enabling fast time to market.

 

These power boards are based on Infineon’s µIPM power modules and come in power ratings of 100V/20A and 40V/6A. They feature overcurrent/under-voltage lockout protection with fault output and an onboard power supply of 15V and 3.3V, respectively. Since no heat sinks are required, developers can optimize the copper area of the PCB for thermal performance. In combination with an XMC1302 or IRMCK099 control card, designers only need a few steps to run the motor: plug the cards into the PC, motor and grid equivalent voltage supply and download, install and set the parameters of the software.

 

The Field Oriented Control (FOC) software supports sensor-less motor control based on the XMC1302 microcontroller. The XMC1302 control card includes a debugger based on Segger J-Link technology. Software support for this tool includes the μC-Probe based GUI. Further application software development can be implemented via DAVE, Infineon’s free-of-charge integrated development environment (IDE), or with major ARM IDEs, such as Keil, IAR or Atollic. The IRMCK099 based control card with debug MCE-tool 2.0 employs the established motor control engine (MCE) from former International Rectifier.

 

The two power boards will be available shortly at www.infineon.com/MADK and distributors. This link also leads to full software packages for each kit as well as additional information on the iMOTION MADK. Based on the CIPOS Mini power module, two additional power boards allowing for motor control of up to 2 kW will be launched in mid-2017.

 

Infineon; www.infineon.com