XMOS launched their motor control platform for highly efficient motor control designs. The XMOS motor control hardware platform provides dual-axis 3-phase motor control using an XS1-L1, and a communications and logging subsystem using an XS1-L2. It includes a framework of control, processing and interfacing functions. The motor control platform will be available in December. The XMOS motor control platform consists of:
XCore hard real-time, multi-threaded processors
XMOS motor control hardware board, with support for dual axis motor control and communication
A suite of control, processing and interfacing functions, to help designers quickly develop advanced motor drives entirely in high level software programming languages
PI (Physik Instrumente) rolled out the M-692 series of low-profile, ultrasonic linear translation stages designed for high-speed positioning tasks with limited space. According to PI, the M-692 stages are the lowest profile, closed-loop, linear motor-equipped, micropositioning systems in the industry. Two standard versions are available: M-692.1U4 (20 mm stroke) and M-692.2U4 (90 mm). Both versions are equipped with integrated linear encoders for backlash-free positioning. The stages can be arranged to form compact XY systems.
STMicroelectronics introduced the STGIPS10K60A, STGIPS14K60, STGIPL14K60, and the STGIPS20K60 intelligent power modules for AC motor drive applications. The new IPMs integrate control functions, IGBT switches, and value-added features to enable smaller, more reliable, and lower-cost control units. All devices are available in full production. The STGIPS10K60A is priced at $5.60 in quantities of 25,000 units.
Physik Instrumente (PI) announced the N-216 NEXLINE high-load piezo linear motors. The N-216 NEXLINE ultra-precision nanopositioning actuators with travel ranges to 20 mm and push / pull forces to 600 N (130 lb). The operating principle is based on coordinated motion of a number of highly preloaded linear and shear piezo elements acting on a ceramic runner and does not involve rotation/linear conversion.
Microchip Technology introduced the dsPICDEM MCHV Development System (for high-voltage motors) and the dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board (for stepper motors). The development tools enable rapid designs using dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs). Both tools are available today. The dsPICDEM MCHV Development System (part # DM330023) is $650. The dsPICDEM MCSM Development Board (part # DM330022) is $129.99, and is also available as the dsPICDEM MCSM Development Kit (part # DV330021, $269.99), which includes a stepper motor and 24-volt power supply.
Freescale Semiconductor introduced the S08MP16 microcontrollers (MCUs) for embedded motor control. The entry-level 8-bit S08MP16 microcontroller (MCU) family provides a safe, accurate, and cost-optimized solution for brushless DC (BLDC) motor control applications ranging from industrial drives to automotive fuel pumps. Industrial- and automotive-qualified samples of the S08MP16 are available now in sample quantities, with production quantities planned for early 2010. Suggested resale pricing starts from $1.10 (USD) for 10,000-unit quantities.
Toshiba America Electronic Component (TAEC) introduced the TMPM370 microcontroller (MCU). Toshiba’s TMPM370 32-bit MCU is ideal for high-efficiency AC motor applications such as washing machines, refrigerators, and air conditioners. The microcontroller combines an 80MHz ARM Cortex(TM)-M3 processing core with a hardware vector engine, providing enough computation capability to drive two independent motors. Engineering samples of the TMPM370 MCU are available now. Mass production of the device is currently scheduled for Q2 2010. The TMPM370 MCU is priced at $4.50 per unit in 10,000 unit quantities.