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Microchip Releases Advanced Motor Control Tool with Auto Tuning


motorBench™ Development Suite plugs into Microchip’s MPLAB Software


An advanced motor control software plug-in for Microchip’s MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with auto tuning and self-commissioning capability is now available from Microchip. The plug-in, called motorBench™ Development Suite, is a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based tool with automatic tuning of feedback control gains and offline accurate measurement of critical motor parameters such as resistance, inductances and the back electromagnetic force (EMF) constant.

Microchip Releases Advanced Motor Control Tool with Auto Tuning An advanced motor control software plug-in for Microchip’s MPLAB® X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with auto tuning and self-commissioning capability is now available from Microchip. The plug-in, called motorBench™ Development Suite, is a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based tool with automatic tuning of feedback control gains and offline accurate measurement of critical motor parameters such as resistance, inductances and the back electromagnetic force (EMF) constant.

This plug-in collects all the information relevant to the motor control system and automatically tunes the control algorithm gains. The software then uses this information to generate MPLAB X IDE project code ready to run on Microchip’s dsPIC33EP family of Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The generated code can then be reviewed and edited as needed and flashed as motor control firmware.

Click for Larger Image - Microchip motorBench Development Board “Developing solutions with Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM), including tuning the control loops for speed and torque, can be time consuming and complicated to get the motor spinning reliably,” said Joe Thomsen, vice president of Microchip’s MCU16 business unit. “With the motorBench Development Suite this process is automated so customers can focus on other parts of firmware development and speed their time to market. This initial launch is just the start of what we expect will be a game changer for our motor control customers.”



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[Reprinted with kind permission from Microchip Corporation - Release Date, 1st June, 2016]