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Microsemi enhances deterministic multi-axis motor control solution

First Published 29th June 2016

New features support application development using SoC FPGA, Encoder, Hall Sensor, CAN bus and induction motors.

Aliso Viejo, California - Microsemi Corporation, a provider of semiconductor solutions has announced enhancements to its SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based deterministic multi-axis motor control solution, expanding its features to support applications using encoder, Hall sensor, controller area network (CAN) bus and induction motors.

The motor control solution's modular IP suite is optimized for SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs, and can be reused and ported across designs using Microsemi's Libero SoC Design Suite. The suite integrates industry standard Synplify Pro and Modelsim with constraints management, debug capabilities and production programming support enabling users to target broad-based applications within the industrial, medical, automotive, defense and aviation markets.

The new features of the solution support various motor types and control algorithms enabling precise alignment and speed control (position and motion sensing) and are suitable for a number of target applications including industrial/factory automation, robotic arms, 3-D printers, automotive, as well as portable medical equipment. Microsemi's FPGA-based deterministic motor control solution is complemented by the family of sensor interface integrated circuits (ICs) based upon inductive sensing technology, including the LX3301A and the LX3302.

With motor performance of 100K revolutions per minute (RPM), Microsemi's newly enhanced solution provides precise algorithms for angle estimation in sensor less field-oriented control (FOC) applications, as well as precise torque output. In addition, source code is now available in Verilog, along with VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL).