FPGA Technology and Software IP in Power Electronics Applications

FPGAs and power electronics in the IEEE TII of 11/2014

A new issue of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics is now available and here are the articles related to FPGA and power electronics/control applications:

FPGA Implementation of Model Predictive Control With Constant Switching Frequency for PMSM Drives

“Field programmable gate array (FPGA) implementation of a model predictive control with constant switching frequency (MPC-CSF) for a permanent magnet synchronous machine (PMSM) is proposed. The basic finite states MPC (FS-MPC) can be combined with a pulsewidth modulation (PWM) modulator because of an effective cost function optimization algorithm in which voltage vectors are dynamically selected and calculated through iteration based on the idea similar to dichotomy. Using model-based design (MBD), MPC-CSF is implemented on an FPGA with parallel and pipeline processing techniques in short execution time. Functionality simulation analysis presents that MPC-CSF is much robust to parameter variations. Experimental results illustrate that MPC-CSF has good dynamic performance for PMSM drives.”

MPSoCs and Multicore Microcontrollers for Embedded PID Control: A Detailed Study

“This paper presents different multiprocessor implementations of the proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller using two technologies: 1) field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based multiprocessor system-on-chip (MPSoC); and 2) multicore microcontrollers (MCUs). Techniques to implement a parallelized PID controller, a multi-PID controller, and a self-tuning PID controller are proposed. These techniques are verified using hardware (HW) in the loop (HIL) simulations. Then, the paper presents a detailed case study of an embedded real-time (RT) self-tuning PID controller for a 1-degree-of-freedom (1-DOF) aerodynamical system. This includes controller design, parameters tuning, and implementation using a multiprocessor system. Results proved the effectiveness of the proposed techniques to improve performance and functionality. It is shown that customizing HW and software (SW) within MPSoCs provides higher RT performance. Moreover, using multicore MCUs can reduce design time, implementation time, and cost, while keeping adequate performance. Therefore, it is possible to realize and implement complex RT embedded controllers that employ advanced control algorithms in rapid, effective, and cost-efficient fashion.”

Physics-Based Device-Level Power Electronic Circuit Hardware Emulation on FPGA

“Accurate models of power electronic devices are necessary for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulators. This paper proposes a digital hardware emulation of device-level models for the insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) and the power diode on the field programmable gate array (FPGA). The hardware emulation utilizes detailed physics-based nonlinear models for these devices, and features a fully paralleled implementation using an accurate floating-point data representation in VHSIC hardware description language (VHDL) language. A dc–dc buck converter circuit is emulated to validate the hardware IGBT and diode models, and the nonlinear circuit simulation process. The captured oscilloscope results demonstrate high accuracy of the emulator in comparison to the offline simulation of the original system using Saber software.”

 

How to design a custom electric motor drive system using COTS components

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If you are an electric motor drive designer, you might be interested in getting my brand new eBook: This eBook provides guidelines to make the process of designing a custom electric motor drive faster and easier. Hence, whether you are a project … [Continue reading]

Impacts of an embedded software bug in power electronics applications

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IECON2014 – Call for Papers – Electronic System-on-Chip for Power Electronics Applications

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CALL FOR PAPER Special Session on:  Electronic System-on-chip in power electronics applications  organized and co-chaired by: Dr. Marc Perron, marc.perron@alizem.com Dr. Éric Monmasson, eric.monmasson@u-cergy.fr Topics of interest include, but … [Continue reading]

The Virtualization of Embedded Computing

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ISIE 2014 – Special Session on “Industrial Applications of FPGAs and Embedded Systems”

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EDA Tool in the cloud: A web-based IOPT Petri Net Editor

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A few weeks ago, I have been pleased to attend IECON2013 in Vienna and had the chance to meet my friend Luis Gomes from the University Nova of Lisboa, Portugal. While discussing together, he took some time to give me some details about a web-based … [Continue reading]

IECON2013: Electronics System-on-Chip in Power Applications

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FPGA-based Motor Control: “The Brains behind the Motion Controller” Webinar

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I will be giving a webinar on the topic of FPGA-based Motor Control on May 30th 2013. Make sure to register by click this link. Meanwhile, if you have any particular question you would like to be addressed during the Q&A session, feel free to … [Continue reading]