For just $66 you can now have a fully functional and complete motor kit. Texas Instruments just added another MCU LaunchPad evaluation kit -- and it's one that should save you a ton of time.
Typically, sensorless motor control development offers more than a handful of challenges. Now, the C2000™ InstaSPIN-FOC™ (field-oriented-control) LaunchPad, based on the feature-rich Piccolo TMS320F28027F; and the DRV830 three-phase, brushless motor drive BoosterPack plug-in module, based on a DRV8301 pre-driver and CSD18533Q5A NextFET™ power MOSFET, make up the $66 system.
Complete with key software sensor algorithms in on-chip ROM, the system identifies, tunes, and controls any three-phase, synchronous, or asynchronous motor in a matter of minutes, compared to the labor-intensive process you’ve been used to.
The DRV8301 motor drive BoosterPack plug-in module provides a robust motor control solution that's low voltage and medium current. So far, it's the only motor drive BoosterPack available. With the complete kit, you can test, play (OK, experiment), debug, and get creative with appliance motors, fans, and pumps.
You can buy the LaunchPad development kit for $17 and the DRV8301 BoosterPack for $49, but at this price it seems a no-brainer to buy the bundle. They're available at the TI eStore. This boosts the LaunchPad and BoosterPack offerings up to $30 and $25, respectively.
What has your experience been to date, and which kits are you hoping will hit the shelves soon?