Motor control has gotten easier to implement with MCUs and even FPGAs, which have evolved to help engineers get their designs implemented faster. At the same time, motor control algorithms have been fine-tuned to take advantage of the greater processing power and features of the latest devices, according to Warren Miller, an independent electronics professional, and Design News blogger.
Miller will teach a free, five-day Continuing Education Center course called Implementing Motor Control Designs with MCUs and FPGAs: An Introduction and Update starting Monday, March 9, at 2 p.m. EST. The free course will continue through March 13. Each day's class will last an hour -- about 30 minutes of lecture and 30 minutes of online Q&A.
If there's a motor control design you're working on now or thinking about working on, this course can help you avoid pitfalls, make optimal selections for your application from all the good tools that are available, and speed your development time. The course has two target audiences. One is the engineer who's not that familiar with motor control and needs an introduction. "We'll look at the whole solution that's available out there from FPGA and microcontroller manufacturers, so attendees can purchase their own board and reference design and go into more detail on their own," said Miller.
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The other type of audience is engineers who are already familiar with motor control. If that's you, you may need a refresher because you haven't worked in it for a year or so, or want to find out about the newest devices, algorithms, and development kits. "Others may be motor control experts but might not be familiar with, say, sensors, since it's hard to be experienced in all the different possible areas," said Miller. "The course also gives them some topics like this that they can dig into further."
Click here to find out how to earn IEEE Professional Development Hours by attending this course.
As usual, on the last day, Miller will wrap up the course by demonstrating some development kits and reference designs that might be appropriate for students' next projects. He will take examples from students' questions and his answers on the online Q&A page of the previous days, giving them an opportunity to get into the specifics of designs they're working on. He also gives lots of resource information on the last day. In the course presentation, there's a list of sources such as manufacturer websites, reference design documents, and other online classes you can attend. This comprehensive list is updated for each course.
Ann R. Thryft is senior technical editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 25 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, machine vision, and all kinds of communications.