FPGA Technology and Software IP in Power Electronics Applications

Actel Fusion FPGA and Motor Control

Here is an interesting article from Kevin Morris on Actel Fusion FPGA where built-in analog programmable properties fits particularly well for control applications such as Motor Control. Here are some highlights :

Fusion has been around for awhile now, and it seems to be finding a unique groove in the industry. Applications such as smart motor control take advantage of the family’s particular combination of features and properties and provide solid economic justification for their design-in. Happily, this kind of application is also directly in line with Actel’s power-centric mantra of the past couple of years.

On top of that, however, they are now pushing their devices into applications where much more than the power consumption of the FPGA is at stake. Applications like system power management and motor control promise to save far more energy than just the difference in FPGA power consumption. Since Actel’s devices occupy the lower density ranges (compared with the big SRAM FPGAs), they fit nicely into these types of applications. You will often today see an Actel device doing the power management on a board that also boasts big Virtex or Stratix devices.”

“By including domain-specific IP, reference designs, and carefully-crafted development boards, many designers can get to a working application that does 90% of what they need without ever writing a line of HDL or messing with a single synthesis or place-and-route option. For a design team whose mission may be something like “motor control” and whose expertise lies in areas like analog signal optimization, motor performance and efficiency, and software control algorithms – this can make the difference between designing in an FPGA and steering clear”

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