Alizem Releases its New DC Motor Control Embedded Software IP for Intel® MAX® 10 FPGAs
LÉVIS (CANADA), December 12th 2016 - Alizem today announced the release of its new embedded software IP optimized for Intel® MAX® 10 FPGAs, and designed to be used in DC motor applications such as robotics, drones, medical devices, instrumentation devices and consumer products. This software helps engineers design better products, faster by enabling engineers to spend their resources on their true product differentiation features rather then reinventing the wheel on the development of DC motor software drivers. It is possible to instantiate many units of this IP product on the same MAX 10 FPGA, making it very easy to use for multi-axis applications such as robotics and drones. At less than 100 LEs per axis, the embedded IP has very small footprint and fits on the smallest MAX 10 FPGA.
Four different versions are offered combining different sets of software and licensing options:
- Demo version: Low-cost version with time-limited OpenCore Plus License is ideal for hobbyists, introduction to FPGA design and early prototypes.
- Low-volume version: Open-source software drivers with design and 1k units per year production license included is great for niche and specialized products.
- IoT version: Includes reference design based on Alizem IoT software interface with design and 10k units per year production license included is perfect for products meant to connect large number of devices.
- Open Source version: Packaged with all the source code, including Alizem IoT software, with design and unlimited units per year production license, ideal for those who are looking for a code base and work from there.
“DC motors are everywhere—from consumer products to industrial robotics. They are affordable, easy to operate and available in a very large range of power specifications, from a few W to hundreds of kW” said Dr. Marc Perron, president at Alizem. “Many of those applications need multiple actuators and DC motors are often chosen for this role and need to be synchronously coordinated together. In those cases, MAX® 10 FPGAs are a perfect fit to integrate multiple motor controllers, running independently on the FPGA fabric, and operated together from a NIOS® II processor with all the motors drivers and application software running on a single chip.”
Alizem ships its embedded software IP for DC Motor Control applications as a QSys component and a motor control software API running on a Nios II processor. It is packaged with a 2-axis reference design based around the MAX 10 FPGA development kit and off-the-shelf DC motor drivers. More details can be found on the Alizem website at http://www.alizem.com/DCmotor
About Alizem inc.
Alizem is a vendor-independent embedded software IP and technology transfer company specializing in power electronics applications such as motor control and solar power conversion. Alizem’s off-the-shelf software solutions are designed to be quickly and easily integrated by those who are not power electronics experts. Alizem solutions can provide significant reduction in cost, risk, and time-to-market in the development of custom power electronics systems. Alizem is a proud Gold Member of Intel FPGA Design Solutions Network (DSN). http://www.alizem.com
Alizem releases new Safe Engine Stop-Start Software IP to improve energy-efficiency of delivery vehicles
Lévis (CANADA), May 24th 2016. Alizem is proud to announce the release of its new Safe Engine Stop-Start Embedded Software IP meant to radically reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions of vehicles that are running on idle for long periods of time such as delivery vehicles, police cars or industrial trucks. Based on a patented and proven technology, it is currently running on more than 20,000 vehicles and it is packaged with an optional SaaS/IoT fleet management software in order to be able to track actual idle time, fuel savings and other vehicle and driving parameters.
This product arises from a partnership with Geothentic inc., a Montreal-based firm that has developed the IP and all the corresponding know-how over the years and selling it as a retrofit hardware product to owners of large vehicle fleets. This product is now offered as purely software IP by Alizem and meant to be integrated by automotive OEMs/Tier1 and sold as a built-on option to their vehicles to make them more attractive to owners of large vehicles fleets looking to reduce their fuel costs and their carbon footprint. By reducing idle time by a factor of three, savings of 175$ and 420kg of CO2 per vehicle per month are typically observed.
“With new COP21 regulations, fleet owners are now becoming financially motivated not only by reducing fuel costs but also by reducing their GHG footprint and this solution can do both” said Dr. Marc Perron, President at Alizem. “Transportation sector is responsible of 30% of all GHG emissions in OECD countries and shutting off engine instead of keeping it on idle when the vehicle is stopped is a proven and easy way to reduce fuel consumption and GHG emissions. While similar features are already existing in some vehicles brands, many are still lagging and this product is a great option for them to quickly go to market by leveraging existing and proven technology without re-inventing the wheel”.
This product is ready for Kinetis® microcontrollers from NXP Semiconductors. For more informations, please visit Alizem website and download the corresponding product package.
About Alizem inc. - Alizem is a vendor-independent embedded software IP company specialized in power electronics applications such as electric motor control and solar power conversion. Alizem’s off-the-shelf software solutions are designed to be quickly and easily integrated by non-power electronics experts and meant to provide significant cost, risk and time-to-market reduction to electrical equipment manufacturers.
About Geothentic inc. – Geothentic is a high tech company based in Montréal (Canada) and specialized in cleantech products for automotive market. They have successfully developed and marketed to large and important customers a whole range of solutions meant to reduce operation costs of vehicle fleet owners. Since 2006, Geothentic is recognized as a leader in the field of automotive electronics and for its long-time commitment to innovation in building high-value added and environmentally friendly products.
Alizem is proud to join the new Altera Design Solutions Network as Embedded Motor Control Software IP expert
As you probably heard last year, "Intel and Altera announced on June 1, 2015, that they had entered into a definitive agreement under which Intel would acquire Altera". The acquisition has been closed on December 28th 2015 and Altera is now Intel's "Programmable Solution Group" (PSG).
Alizem being proud Altera partner since 2008, we are now pleased to announce that we are excited to join the new Intel family ! Among new things, the partner ecosystem has been upgraded into the new Design Solutions Network (DSN), released last week, and in which Alizem is a Gold Member. Here is the Alizem profile on the new DSN.
Alizem looks forward to participate in the success of this new DSN with its Motor Control Software IP and IoT software interface already available on Altera FPGA devices. Subscribe to Alizem mailing list to stay tuned on the latest updates on Alizem Embedded Software IP products !
Click here to access Altera Design Solutions Network.
Related: Altera Press Release on the new DSN.
Warren Savage is the CEO of IP Extreme and semiconductor IP visionary. He his running the sixth season of his web-based show "Take Five with Warren" where he interviews personnalities in the world of EDA, IP and semiconductor business. Recently, Alizem's Dr. Marc Perron had the honor to be interviewed by Warren for the 11th episode (and last) of season 6th. Here is the result:
Some topics discussed during and after the interview:
- How an embedded software IP company like Alizem can bring innovation, value and domain expertise to electrical equipment OEMs through the EDA/IP/semiconductor business environment.
- Example of Alizem solution for Aerospace "More Electric Aircraft" applications.
As you probably heard last March, "NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq:NXPI) and Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. (NYSE:FSL) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale". This merger has been officially completed today, December 7th 2015.
Alizem being Freescale partner since 2008, we are now pleased to announce that we are excited to join the new NXP family. Here is the new Alizem section on NXP website.
We look forward to the success of this new collaboration, please stay tuned for upcoming exciting news regarding Alizem software running on NXP devices !
Do you know that Montréal is the 3rd largest place in the world to build an aircraft after Toulouse (Airbus) and Boeing (Seattle) ? Also, do you know that there is a large movement right now in using more and more electric components inside aircraft to save weight, fuel consumption and reduce GHG? This movement is called "more electric aircraft" (MEA) and every player in the aerospace industry has a strategy towards it (e.g. Airbus, Safran, Thales, etc.). One example of this is to convert electro-hydraulic actuators for brakes or landing systems by electric actuators.
For those reasons, Québec Government has announced today a 80M$ call for project to be financed 50% by industry, 50% by Government (in French, translated). Full details are presented here (in French, translated), but here is a summary:
- Goal: To reduce aircraft/aerospace industry GHG
- Project examples: electric vechile for taxiing, change hydraulic and pneumatic actuators for electric actuators, new fuel types, flight plan optimization, etc.
- Technology TRL: 4-6
- Duration: Minimum 24 months, Maximum 48 months
- Deadline to submit projects: November 27th 2015.
Alizem is commercializing a technology developped at Canadian Space Agency that's meant to reduce electric motor losses by 20% and we are already in contact with firms (customers and partners) interested to benefit of this program.
If you think your firm may have an interest to participate in this project (aeropace OEM/Tier1, semiconductors, components, etc.), please contact us.
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Alizem releases its new Internet-of-Things (IoT) software interface
Lévis(Canada), October 5th 2015. Alizem is pleased to announce the release of its new software interface for Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications connecting Alizem embedded control software products to Initial State’s platform, a recognized leader and innovator in IoT technology. This interface is meant to help electrical equipment manufacturers to design better products faster by enabling them to easily and quickly pipe out critical data from the operation and health state of their product without having to invest in complex and expensive data monitoring equipment. Those benefits are applicable during and after product development phase:
- Early bug detection: visualize all your measurements and system states and quickly isolate bugs.
- Distributed teams: easily share data between development teams working at different locations.
- Performance monitoring: remotely monitor critical performance data such as power consumption, load motion profiles, current shape and temperature.
- New value-added services: bundle your electrical equipment products with SaaS based monitoring services and provide peace-of-mind to your customers by having them access to all their equipment operation data.
“Everybody in the industry is looking forward to technical and business innovations coming from IoT. This new release is a real example of how the internet infrastructure can be leveraged not only to reduce time of development and product costs, but also to add completely new features that will enable to generate new revenues for electric equipment manufacturers. We are glad to release this new product onto Initial State’s IoT technology: from day one, we have been amazed by the quality of their platform and by the deep and precise vision of their team regarding the development of IoT.” said Dr. Marc Perron, president at Alizem.
“This is a perfect example of how many unique and powerful opportunities the IoT is creating. So many people believe the IoT is only about sensors. The Alizem IoT software interface lets you tap into the treasure trove of intelligence trapped inside our electronic devices. Being able to easily monitor and capture the data created by hardware, software, and the multitude of systems within a device opens up a world of possibilities from R&D to manufacturing to in-field service. This is an unbelievably powerful tool for anyone building an electromechanical device.” said Jamie Bailey, CEO at Initial State.
Alizem IoT interface is available now either as a standalone product or integrated into Alizem Embedded Software for Servo-Drives Applications on Altera MAX10 FPGA devices. Check http://www.alizem.com/iot for more details.
About Alizem inc. - Alizem is a vendor-independent embedded software IP and technology transfer company specialized in power electronics applications such as motor control and solar power conversion. Alizem’s off-the-shelf software solutions are designed to be quickly and easily integrated by non-power electronics experts and meant to provide significant cost, risk and time-to-market reduction in the development of custom power electronics systems. http://www.alizem.com
About Initial State - Initial State is an Internet of Things (IoT) data solutions company. We make it easy to capture, visualize, and interact with data from multiple sources anywhere. We believe hobbyists (makers), small companies, and enterprise alike need an easy, affordable means of harnessing the power of the IoT. Founded in 2012 and based in Nashville, TN, Initial State is an investor-backed startup. https://www.initialstate.com/
RELATED PRODUCT: Alizem IoT Interface
Advanced Manufacturing Technology: Alizem is featured in Vanguard Magazine edition of August/September 2015
Have a look at this article (page 43) written by Nicole Verkindt - founder and CEO of OMX - on How the Advanced Manufacturing Technology could save the Canadian Industrial base in the latest edition of the Vanguard Magazine:
This article addresses important challenges and opportunities faced by Canadian Industry such as specialization of labour, globalization, offshore manufacturing, integrated manufacturing, internet-of-things, etc. Those challenges and opportunities are being faced with technology and business model innovations provided by Canadian firms like Axis Machining (3D printing), Jesse Garant & Associates (NDT inspection), QRA (IoT), Mandelli (horizontal machining) and OMX (supply chain management).
Among them, Alizem is mentionned as a software IP company whose "strength lies in providing pre-tested block of technology coming from world class organizations and allowing customers to quickly integrate them in their products, significantly reducing costs, risk and time of development for manufacturers". It is "a perfect example of a Canadian technology company providing leverage to manufacturing companies to access advanced manufacturing technology quicly, as opposed to invest many years of engineering ressources to do so".
We would like to thank Ms. Verkindt and Vanguard Magazine for mentionning Alizem in their article.
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