Motor development kit prioritises energy efficiency

13-11-2020 | ON Semiconductor | Design & Manufacture

ON Semiconductor introduces its advanced and flexible Motor Development Kit to speed the development of more efficient motor control solutions for applications varying from less than 1kW to over 10kW.

The kit includes one of a growing number of power boards, connected to a universal controller board (UBC). The boards feature different incarnations of the company's inverter solutions for motor drive, from high voltage integrated modules to low voltage, discrete MOSFETs. The UCB is a common control platform that interfaces with any Power Board to allow engineers to evaluate alternative motor control techniques for different types of motors and at an expansive assortment of power levels.

Intelligent motor control needs a flexible and programmable approach. The UCB is based on the Zynq-7000 SoC family from Xilinx, Inc. This powerful device integrates two ARM Cortex-A9 processor cores alongside an FPGA fabric, providing the optimum combination of software and hardware configuration. The board also provides a 10-channel differential ADC, 12 PWM channels and several configurable digital peripherals. Communication ports include USB, JTAG and UART, as well as a Gigabit Ethernet PHY.

“ON Semiconductor already offers a broad portfolio of power solutions optimised for variable motor control,” said Ali Husain, sr. manager, Corporate Strategy and Marketing at ON Semiconductor. “The motor development kit brings these technologies together into a single ecosystem that can really help design teams accelerate the process of developing more efficient motor control solutions.”

“Optimizing energy efficiency in motors has an enormous impact on the carbon footprint of factories and industrial equipment across the planet,” said Chetan Khona, director, Industrial, Vision, Healthcare and Sciences at Xilinx. “Technology from ON Semiconductor together with high-performance motor control in Xilinx Zynq SoCs reduces operational cost drastically, offers the most adaptability for user customisation, and makes a positive contribution to the environment. The new motor development kit from ON Semiconductor makes this accessible and facilitates migration from prototype to production.”

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