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Xilinx: Introduction to the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC Model-Based Design Workflow

Distributed Feeds - February 6, 2014 - 3:01pm
This video provides an introduction to the MathWorks? guided workflow for Zynq?-7000 All Programmable SoCs. A simple...
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Xilinx: Building a Hardware and Software Project Targeting the Zynq ZC702 Evaluation Kit

Distributed Feeds - February 6, 2014 - 2:56pm
Watch as we show you how easy it is to build a Zynq?-7000 All Programmable SoC hardware and software project,...
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Xilinx:Kintex UltraScale 16.3G Backplane Demo

Distributed Feeds - February 6, 2014 - 2:42pm
Industry's first demonstration of a Kintex UltraScale device with 16.3 Gbps backplane performance capability.
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MT9V032 LVDS Camera Board

Distributed Feeds - February 3, 2014 - 5:32pm
"Another piece of my ongoing FPGA stereo-vision project. This board is, as the name suggests, a breakout board for Aptina’s excellent MT9V032 1/3″ VGA image sensor. The board’s main purpose in life is to connect the LVDS output of the MT9V032 sensor to my FMC-LPC to SATA adapter board, which would then route the LVDS data into one of Xilinx’s Spartan-6 FPGA development boards. Multiple camera boards would be connected to support stereo vision."
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FPGA-based Motor Control and Embedded Motor Control Software IP – A review of 2013

Distributed Feeds - January 22, 2014 - 5:28pm

Time passes and it is now the moment to make a short review of what happenned, in my opinion, in the world of FPGA-based Motor Control and Embedded Motor Control software IP in 2013:

New FPGA evaluation kits

Lattice has started the year with the release of its new iCE40 LP384 development kit. While not being explicitely targeted for motor control but controllers in general, this FPGA is small and very low cost: less than 50 cents per unit in multi-million unit quantities.  Even the evalutation kit is very low cost: both iCEblink40-HX1K Evaluation Kit and iCEblink40-LP1K Evaluation Kit are sold for 34.12$. Of course, those kits do not include any power stage, motor or transducers: you need to have your own.

A month later, Altera has annouced the release of its new Cyclone V SoC development kit. Built around a 800 MHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and provided with all interfaces needed for maximum connectivity, this new device is clearly positionned in the same segment than Xilinx’s Zynq device (also built around ARM Cortex A9 dual-core processor) previously released in 2012. This kit interfaces with the FalconEye 2.0 motor control board.

Embedded Motor Control Software IP

In February, Texas Instrument (TI) has announced the release of their new INSTASpin-FOC sensorless motor control software. The pitch is “Identify, tune and fully control your motor in less than 5 minutes and eliminate the need for a mechanical rotor sensor” and meant to be used on TO C2000 Piccolo microcontrollers. According to TI, this helps saving months of design time which is inline with a topic previously addressed on this blog. To my knowledge, TI is currently the only motor control chip manufacturer offering such advanced motor control design tool. Note that this tool is meant to be used in sensorless applications, i.e. applications where near zero speed performance is not a requirement.

In October, my company Alizem has announced that our previously released Motor Control Software IP for Servo-Drives applications has reached a new level of performance on 100kW motors which has led into a licensing agreement with a major industrial OEM. At the same time, we have announced the signature of an agreement with the Canadian Space Agency regarding new motor control software technologies (stay tuned for the release shortly).

DesignNews Webinar

In May, I have had the pleasure of being invited to participate in a Webinar on the specific topic of FPGA-based motor control and sponsored by Altera.  The discussion has been held around the following questions:

• What are the typical steps and challenges faced by system designers when designing motion controllers? • From a motion control design point of view, how do FPGA/SoC devices and design flows compares to other devices? • Communication networks are clearly critical: What are some of the challenges of Industrial Ethernet? • What design tools and flows are needed to maximize system designer productivity? • What is needed from device providers to enable designers to go further in their product innovation? • What factors can reduce the overall cost of ownership of motion control development platforms? The webinar is still available for off-line consultation if you are interested.


Is there anything else missing ? If you think yes, please let me know ! You can also contact me on any topic you would like me to address. Thanks for reading my blog!

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