These separate digital and analog control circuits, with a power stage, provide a complete motor-control platform for air-conditioning applications. The platform enables variable-speed sinusoidal-current control and eliminates the need for position sensors. The IRMCF311 or IRMCF312 provides the digital control. A patented Motion Control Engine (MCE) in the unit implements the complex, sensorless permanent-magnet, synchronous-motor algorithm in hardware. In addition, an Analog Signal Engine (ASE) contains all signal-conditioning and conversion circuits, and an application-layer processor defines the operation of the air-conditioning system to control both the ac fan and the compressor motors. Design tools allow controller-performance evaluation and algorithm customization with minimal effort. The IRS2136D 600V, three-phase analog-driver IC includes built-in bootstrap diodes and other features to simplify driving and protect the power stage's insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs). Packages for the IRMCF3xx are 64- or 100-pin QFPs and for the IRS2136D 28-pin SOICs or a 44-pin PLCCs.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.