Altera Showcases Efficient and Safety-Integrated Drive Systems at SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011
Test Drive Industry's First Virtual Target for Software Development on SoC FPGAs
San Jose, Calif., Oct. 31, 2011—Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced it will demonstrate its latest industrial embedded solutions for energy-efficient and safety-integrated drive systems at SPS/IPC/DRIVES Electric Automation Exhibition and Conference in Nuremberg, Germany.
Altera will highlight how its Cyclone® series of FPGAs enables integrated, high-performance industrial systems such as drive systems with a high-performance control loop in floating point. Visitors to the booth also can test drive the industry's first Virtual Target for software development on the new Cyclone V SoC FPGA with the integrated ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ processor. Many designers use Cyclone FPGAs in a wide range of industrial applications including drives, PLCs, inverters and embedded control.
What: SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011When: Tues., Nov. 22 to Thurs., Nov. 24Where: Hall 6, Stand 111, Exhibition Centre, Nuremberg, GermanyDemonstrations
Altera's product and solution demonstrations include:
"Drive-on-a-chip" solution through model-based design
- Leveraging the FPGA industry's first variable-precision DSP architecture, Altera tools such as DSP Builder and Qsys take advantage of floating-point algorithms implemented in MathWorks Simulink to reduce control loop latency and extend intellectual property (IP) reuse
- Building a drive on a single device by integrating the motor control algorithm, logic, encoder interface and Industrial Ethernet protocols
- Using EBV Elektronik's FalconEye FPGA system with a brushless motor to deliver a flexible hardware reference platform that significantly reduces development time
Support for multiple industrial networking protocols on a single device
- The Industrial Networking Kit (INK), featuring the Cyclone IV E FPGA, expands support for the leading Industrial Ethernet protocols on a single FPGA
Integrated FPGA control for 3-level IGBTs
- A hardware reference system highlighting an efficient method for 3-level space-vector modulation for inverters and high-frequency drives
- The latest in 3-level insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) with smaller output voltage steps that reduce potential issues with long power cables between the inverter and motor
New software development tool for ARM-Based SoC FPGAs
- FPGA industry's first Virtual Target for software development on SoC FPGAs designed to enable immediate device-specific embedded software development
- PC-based functional simulation of embedded development board for Cyclone V and Arria® V SoC FPGA devices
- Binary- and register-compatible, functional equivalent of SoC FPGA board ensures that software developed on the Virtual Target can be moved to the actual board with minimal effort
In addition to the in-booth demonstrations, Altera will host two free workshops:
"Shortening Time To Market for Certified Functional Safety Applications with FPGAs"Participants will learn how to simplify and reduce development time for safety-integrated certification. Altera is the first FPGA supplier to obtain qualification of its devices and tools under safety standard IEC 61508.Dates: Nov. 22, 2 p.m. and Nov. 23, 10 a.m.Location: Lissabon Room, CCN Mitte, Messezentrum
"Optimizing FPGA Motor Control Designs With The Right Tool Flow"Co-presented with EBV Elektronik, this workshop will demonstrate the benefits of an FPGA-based motor control system leveraging a model-based design flow.Dates: Nov. 22, 10 a.m. and Nov. 23, 2 p.m.Location: Lissabon Room, CCN Mitte, Messezentrum
Seating for both workshops is limited.