The folks from Microsemi and the guys and gals at TRINAMIC have just announced the availability of a new motor control kit allowing designers to lower product-development costs and bring products to market quickly. The solution includes Microsemi's SmartFusion evaluation kit and TRINAMIC's motor control daughter board kit.
Microsemi's SmartFusion customizable system-on-chip (cSoC) combines three features crucial for successful implementation of complex motor control algorithms: an embedded microcontroller, programmable analog fabric, and programmable digital (FPGA) fabric. This integration creates an ideal platform to partition software and hardware architectural requirements.
SmartFusion's embedded ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller is utilized for system layer task management, algorithm execution and system connectivity. The onboard programmable analog provides full sense and control for voltage, current and temperature monitoring. The flash FPGA logic enables hardware acceleration and math co-processing. In addition, computational/cycle intensive algorithmic routines can be implemented within the FPGA to execute extremely fast and efficient subroutines.
About the Motor Control Kit
Microsemi SmartFusion Evaluation Kit — Key Features
TRINAMIC Motor Control Daughter Card — Key Features
- A2F200M3F-FGG484ES device
- 200,000 system FPGA gates, 256 KB flash memory, 64 KB SRAM, and additional distributed SRAM in the FPGA fabric and external memory controller
- Peripherals include Ethernet, DMAs, I2Cs, UARTs, timers, ADCs, DACs and additional analog resources
- SPI-flash memory connected to SPI_0 on the device
- USB connection for programming and debug
- USB to UART connection to UART_0 for HyperTerminal examples
- 10/100 Ethernet interface with on-chip MAC and external PHY
- RVI header for application programming and debug from either Keil or IAR systems
- Mixed-signal header for daughter card support
Other Kit Components
- Parallel operation of BLDC & stepper motor (requires two power supplies)
- Hall sensor interface, ABN encoder interface
- Tightly connected to the SmartFusion analog IOs and analog computing engine (ACE)
- All signals of the mixed-signal header can be accessed via a pin header for test and measurement
- Independent voltage supplies for stepper and BLDC block
Pricing and availability
- 1 stepper motor with 1.8 degree step angle
- 1 brushless DC motor with Hall sensors
- 1 portable desktop power supply (24V/1A) with international plugs
- Example designs available for download
The SmartFusion Dual Motor Control Kit
is available for ordering now. List price for the bundled motor control kit is $549. Contact a local Microsemi (www.microsemi.com
) or TRINAMIC (www.trinamic.com
) sales representative to purchase the kit.
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