Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced two new Piccolo Motor Control Kits that enable Power Factor Correction (PFC) and sensorless field-oriented control of up to two motors with a single low-cost microcontroller (MCU). Leveraging TI’s Piccolo MCUs and high-performance analog, the kits are said to include everything needed to immediately begin development of cost-sensitive motor control applications such as pumps, HVAC, refrigerators and other appliances/white goods.
These controlCARD-based kits include a Piccolo controlCARD, Code Composer Studio™ IDE, software libraries and a hardware designer’s package. The Motor Control and PFC Developer’s Kit includes a single permanent magnet motor while the Dual Motor Control and PFC Developer’s Kit includes two.
Key features and benefits of the Piccolo MCU Motor Control and PFC Developer’s Kits include: single 60MHz TMS320F28035 MCU features 128KB flash and control-oriented peripherals such as 12-bit, 16 channel on chip ADC and high resolution PWM outputs; sensorless field-oriented software tuned for kits’ motors allows developers to easily begin design right out of the box; software is broken into incremental builds for easy, step by step learning and development of motor control plus PFC on Piccolo MCUs; dual full bridge PWM motor drivers include programmable cycle-by-cycle current limit and two stage thermal protection capabilities; isolated onboard USB JTAG emulation saves on cost by eliminating the need for an external JTAG emulator; and detailed documentation of field-oriented motor control theory and PFC principles, including instructions for executing both with one Piccolo MCU.
The Motor Control and PFC Developer’s Kit (™DS1MTRPFCKIT) is priced at $369 and the Dual Motor Control and PFC Developer’s Kit (™DS2MTRPFCKIT) is priced at $399. Both kits are now in stock and immediately available to order.