Evaluation Board supports brushless DC motor controls.

Press Release Summary:

Supporting dsPIC33F family of Digital Signal Controllers, dsPICDEM(TM) MCLV Development Board provides method for evaluating and developing sensored or sensorless brushless DC and permanent magnet synchronous motor control applications. Board is suited for any line-powered motor control application as well as any AC induction motor application that wishes to optimize torque per amp above rated speed or constant torque region.

Original Press Release:

Microchip Technology Expands Support for Motor Control with New Tools and Libraries

New Low-Cost Brushless DC Motor Control Evaluation Board; Additions to Popular MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment; New Libraries and App Notes

Key Facts:

o The dsPICDEMTM MCLV Development Board (part # DM330021) is a new low-voltage Brushless DC (BLDC) motor-control development platform supporting the dsPIC33F family of motor control Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). It provides a cost-effective method for evaluating and developing sensored or sensorless BLDC and Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) control applications.

o Microchip's Application Note 1208 describes how Power Factor Correction (PFC) algorithms can be combined with sensorless PMSM motor-control algorithms on a single chip.

o Microchip's Application Note 1206 demonstrates how to run an AC Induction Motor (ACIM) faster than its rated speed for a class of applications, to lower cost, save space or reduce weight.

o The graphical Data Monitor and Control Interface (DMCI) in the free MPLAB IDE Version 8.15 was enhanced to include a Real-Time Data Monitor (RTDM) function. DMCI enhanced with RTDM provides a graphical method to input and adjust motor parameters in real time and immediately see the effect, without halting the application.

o Example Applications: Any line-powered motor control application. Applications such as washing machines and automotive traction control. Any ACIM application that wishes to optimize torque per amp above the rated speed or constant torque region of an ACIM.

o Price (for dsPICDEM MCLV Development Board): $150.00;

(all of the above related software and applications notes are free)

o Available: Board and related software available now, from the below links.

Related Links:

o dsPICDEM MCLV Development Board: www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1406&dDocName=en537020

o Application Note 1208 & Source Code: www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1824&appnote=en536059

o Application Note 1206 & Source Code: www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1824&appnote=en536065

o MPLAB IDE: www.microchip.com/mplab

o Motor Control Design Center: www.microchip.com/motor

o 3-Phase Motor Control Solution Center: www.microchip.com/DSCMOTOR


"Microchip is dedicated to providing the industry's most robust product offering and associated infrastructure for motor control," said Rich Hoefle, marketing manager for Microchip's Digital Signal Controller Division. "As the need for improved reliability, better performance, lower cost and increased efficiency builds, dsPIC DSCs-along with their comprehensive suite of tools and libraries-fill an ever more important role."

"The motor-control market is diverse," said Derek Carlson, vice president of Microchip Development Tools. "Our customers have a wide variety of motor performance requirements. At Microchip, we are committed to providing continuous enhancements to the MPLAB development environment to facilitate the variety of needs our customers encounter. We are pleased to add these new tools to enhance their success."

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Company Info:

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.

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