Power factor correction (PFC) is becoming a key requirement for motor
control applications, as regulation standards aimed to prevent spikes
in the power grid are increasingly implemented. Texas Instruments
announced two new Piccolo Motor Control Kits that enable PFC and
sensorless field-oriented control of up to two motors with a single
low-cost microcontroller (MCU). Leveraging TI's Piccolo MCUs and
high-performance analog, the kits include everything needed to
immediately begin development of cost-sensitive motor control
applications such as pumps, HVAC, refrigerators and other
appliances/white goods. These controlCARD-based kits include a Piccolo
controlCARD, Code Composer Studio IDE, software libraries and a
hardware designer's package. The Motor Control and PFC Developer's Kit
includes a single permanent magnet motor while the Dual Motor Control
and PFC Developer's Kit includes two. For more information, visit www.ti.com/1motorcontrolpfc-prtools
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Key features of the Piccolo MCU Motor Control and PFC
Single 60MHz TMS320F28035 MCU features 128KB flash and
control-oriented peripherals such as 12-bit, 16 channel on chip ADC and
high resolution PWM outputs
Sensorless field-oriented software tuned for kits' motors.
Software is broken into incremental builds.
Dual full bridge PWM motor drivers include programmable
cycle-by-cycle current limit and two stage thermal protection
Isolated onboard USB JTAG emulation
Detailed documentation of field-oriented motor control
theory and PFC principles, including instructions for executing both
with one Piccolo MCU
Pricing and availability
The Motor Control and PFC Developer's Kit (TMDS1MTRPFCKIT) is priced at
$369 and the Dual Motor Control and PFC Developer's Kit
(TMDS2MTRPFCKIT) is priced at $399. Both kits are now in stock and
immediately available to order.
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