STMicroelectronics Motor Control Reference Design Kit consists of a control board and three power boards with ratings of 300W, 1 kW, or 3 kW. The control board uses the ST7FMC microcontroller, which is designed specifically for motor control applications. A dedicated graphical user interface and firmware libraries simplify configuration and customization. The separate power and control boards achieve high noise immunity. Designed for a range of three-phase applications, the inverter topology addresses ac induction motor, permanent magnet (PM) dc/ac or brushless (BL) dc/ac (six-step sensorless) control, and PMAC or BLAC (sinusoidal driven, with Hall sensors). The power switches consist of six IGBTs with short circuit rating at 10 µsec. The free availability of the OrCAD source files enables the use of the physical design of the boards in the target application.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.