Microchip Technology is providing free source code for the sensorless field oriented control (FOC) of permanent magnet synchronous motors (PMSMs), which can operate on any of the company’s motor control dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs) -- including the DSCPIC33FJ12MC family of DSCs. The algorithm is free, and prices for the DSCPIC33FJ12MC family start at $1.99 each in 10,000-unit quantities.
Microchip Technology’s PIC24HJ12 family of 40 MIPS, 16-bit microcontrollers is offered in 18- and 28-pin packages as small as 6 mm × 6 mm for space-constrained applications. The family’s 16-bit MCU architecture was designed for engineers that need to migrate from 8-bit architectures. The company offers 92 sixteen-bit products in four compatible families to serve users for years, even as they scale to DSP-enabled applications.
Microchip Technology introduced the dsPIC33FJ12MC family of motor control digital signal controllers (DSCs). These 40 MIPS DSCs provide a platform for advanced motor control algorithms such as field-oriented control (FOC), enabling desirable performance, and low noise plus power efficiency for motor control applications. The family is available in 20- and 28-pin packages as small as 6 mm ×6 mm.
Microchip Technology announced the dsPIC33FJ12GP family of digital signal controllers (DSCs), which are suited for a new class of smart sensor applications. With 40 MIPS performance in package sizes as small as 6 mm ×6 mm, the processor can be moved closer to the sensor -- eliminating lead noise and offloading this workload from a central processor -- thereby creating a smart sensor scenario. Using libraries and filter design tools, digital filters can replace analog filters to reduce noise.
Sensor Developments introduced the model 90335 force sensor designed to measure the maximum force prior to the automatic reversal of power sliding doors and automatic lift gates. This sensor helps suppliers monitor these closing forces to insure they keep below the FMVSS levels and prevent accidental occupant trapping or injury. The sensor is secured in place in the door path during automatic closure, and can be used in repeated cycling without operator support.
VirtualLogix announced VLX for Network Infrastructure 2.0. This newest version of VLX for Network Infrastructure offers a host of new features and capabilities, including enhanced availability and increased OS and platform support, while using the latest hardware from Intel, including support for the Intel NetStructure MPCBL0050 Single Board Computer an AdvancedTCA (ATCA) blade server based on the Intel Core microarchitecture.
Xilinx announced the latest release of its widely-used design solution. Improvements in the ISE 9.2i release reduce memory requirements by an average of 27 percent while providing expanded support for Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP x64, and Red Hat Enterprise WS 5.0 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. To simplify multi-rate DSP designs with a large number of clocks typically found in wireless and video applications, ISE 9.2i software features exceptional place and route and clock algorithms.
Based on the open PICMG standard, the RadiSys Procelerant CE3100 COM Express basic size (95 mm × 125 mm) modules combine Intel Core 2 Duo L7400 processor performance with ECC enabled memory. Paired with a the company’s Procelerant carrier board, these COM Express modules provide a ready-to-use development platform. COM Express reduces the time spent on processor design and enables focus on core competencies and product differentiation.
Performance Technologies introduced the CPC6620 PICMG 2.16 embedded Ethernet switch. Featuring 24 10/100/1000 Mb switch ports, two 10Gb uplink ports and support for IPv6 routing, it offers the bandwidth required for demanding applications as well as the resilience required in high availability applications such as airborne or ship borne communications systems, media and signaling gateways, IP media equipment, telecom switching/routing infrastructure, and wireless infrastructure elements.
VIA Technologies today announced the VIA EPIA LT-Series Mini-ITX mainboard based on the VIA CX700 system media processor. Powered by the 1.5 GHz or fanless 1.0 GHz VIA C7 processor, the VIA EPIA LT has a maximum operating power consumption of <20W. The mainboard incorporates desirable performance, clear definition video and storage technologies, and a full feature I/O set including two LAN ports and native support for
Freescale’s ARM9-driven i.MX27 processor is available to engineers looking for high resolution video, security, design flexibility, power management and re-use in one general purpose multimedia applications. The processor combines the company's Smart Speed technology, an H.264 hardware encoder/decoder, USB, Ethernet, security features and a powerful ARM9 core. The low-power video acceleration and applications software in a single chip gives designers the ability to increase functionality
Xecom’s XE232NETserial to Ethernet module allows embedded systems designers to connect microcontroller-based systems to a local area network. It connects directly to the microcontroller’s serial port and provides a 10Base-T Ethernet connection at a cost of under $20 in 1,000-piece quantities. The XE232NET shares a common pin configuration with the Xecom XE5690SM modem family. XE232NET control and configuration uses AT commands like those used on modem modules.
The eAutomation Group of Advantech introduced its AMAX Series embedded automation, modules for use in machine control system architectures. AMAX is a distributed control system: The trajectory generation and logic control executes in the central processor, but the motion control loops are executed in the intelligent slave module and require less centralized processing power while reducing overall wiring cost and system complexity. The AMAX-2050KW master module is an embedded Pentium III grade platform with an onboard AMONet controller that can control up to 2048 I/O points or 64 axes.
WinSystems launched its EBX-compatible Intel 1.8GHz Pentium M single board computer (SBC). The EBC-855-G-1.8-1 is a RoHS-compliant, processor- and I/O-intensive board offering -40°C to +70°C temperature operation. This SBC's target applications include automation, medical/diagnostic equipment, communications, security, test and measurement, and outdoor transaction terminals. Based on Intel's 855GME chipset with the ICH 4 communications controller and integrated Extreme Graphics 2 video 3D controller, the EBC-855-G-1.8-1 offers long-term product availability and full x86-Pentium compatibility.
The OM-CP-SVR101 Spectral Vibration Recorder (SVR) from Omega Engineering is a self-contained device engineered to record acceleration data for spectral analysis of vibration and peaks. This device will record and time tag 3-axis vibrations and peaks to provide a history of shock/vibration conditions. It also records temperature once every sample period. It measures and computes real-time spectral data using an FFT(Fast Fourier Transform).