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Alizem's Dr. Marc Perron publishes a new eBook !

While there exists many publications on the market regarding specific elements of electric motor drive design (such as electric motor design, power stage design, control design, etc.), very few address the whole process from a practical point of view.

In this eBook, Alizem's Dr. Marc Perron shares its field experience of this narrow and complex field of power electronics applications with a particular focus on the challenges related to embedded motor control software and how to make the whole design process easier.

Click here to get your FREE copy !

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Alizem releases its new Embedded Motor Control Software IP demo on EBV Falcon Eye Development kit




Alizem releases its new Embedded Motor Control Software IP demo on EBV Falcon Eye Development kit

 

Good news ! Alizem Embedded Motor Control Software for Servo-Drives Applications on Altera FPGA is now available in demo version on EBV Falcon Eye Motor Control development kit. This kit exists in two versions (both supported by Alizem):

  • Version 1.4 based on Altera Cyclone IV FPGA - see details here.
  • Version 2.0 (HMSC) based on Altera Cyclone V FPGA/SoC - see details here.

Both kits feature a 500W PMSM motor powered by a 400VDC-fed Fairchild intelligent power module. This motor is controlled using EnDat 2.2 encoder and sigma-delta current sensing technologies.


Key demo features:

  • High performance field-oriented control (FOC) / vector control field tested on 30W to 100kW BLDC and PMSM motors
  • Easy-to-use API making it quick and safe to configure and operate for non-motor control nor FPGA experts
  • Fully encapsulated software that can easily ported from the kit to your system without modications
  • 5 integrations steps including power stage debug, transducer debug and system protection debug
  • Current & Position transducer technology independent
  • Packaged with an OpenCore Plus License and ready for Quartus II version 14.0

Datasheet and more information related to this product is available on Alizem boutique.

By using Alizem Motor Control software, you can keep your focus on your true product differentiation without revinventing the wheel. If you have special requirements, we can customize this software for you through Alizem Engineering Services.

Next Steps

1- Download this software from Alizem boutique for FREE* (see instructions below). If you don't have an EBV FalconEye kit yet, you can still download the demo and begin your application software design in Altera Quartus II and NIOS II Embedded Design Suite (also available for free).

2- Upon further interest, you can order your EBV FalconEye kit either by contacting your EBV representative (in Europe) or Devboards.seYou can also test the software by using an Altera Development kit and connecting it to your own power stage and motor system.


How to get a copy of this demo for FREE* ?



In order to proceed, please follow those simple steps :

1- Go onto the product page.

2- Select the "FREE Demo Qualification form" from the tab at the top of the page.

3- Add it to your cart and checkout.

4- You will receive a form by email : please complete and return it to sales@alizem.com

5- Upon qualification we will send you a 100$ discount code that you can apply on downloading the demo.

That's it ! If you get any trouble in the process, please feel free to contact us !

Thanks for you interest in Alizem !

* Some conditions apply.

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The More Electric Aircraft - Why Aerospace Needs Power Electronics... Software !

 

Here is a great presentation from Prof. Pat Wheeler of the University of Notthingham, United Kingdom. From this presentation, we can outline the following:

  • A movement from "old" pneumatic/hydraulic/mechanic actuator technology into inverter powered electrical motors technologies
  • For a same 40MW Propulsion Thrust output, losses are reduced by nearly 59% (1.7MW to 1MW)
  • Other benefits: reduced weight, easier maintenance, more contrallibility and intelligence (fault detection and diagnosis)
  • Power electronics improve both generator (mechanical to electric) and actuators (electric to mechanical) energy conversions and enable energy regeneration

This leads aircraft manufacturers to design safer and quieter planes that can flight longer distances with less fuel. This is why aerospace industry needs more power electronics... software!

Please find below how Alizem embedded motor control software for critical applications can contribute to "more electric aircraft" and help aircraft system designers to win in their market:

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Boeing - 787 No-Bleed Systems: Saving Fuel and enhancing operational efficiencies

Boeing - Future Aircraft Power Systems - Integration Challenges

Safran - More-electric aircraft: to power the future

GE - Challenges in Electrical Power Systems for More Electric Aircraft (MEA)

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Alizem releases its new Embedded Motor Control Software IP for Critical Applications

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Alizem releases its new Embedded Motor Control Software IP for Critical Applications


Lévis (CANADA), February 18th 2014. Alizem is proud to announce the release of its new Embedded Motor Control Software IP for Critical Applications based on a technology invented and developed at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). This solution is meant to work with BLDC and PMSM motors operating in applications where energy-efficiency and reliability are critical. It offers significant benefits to inverter-fed electric motor drive system designers:

  • Optimal management of phase current distribution lowering losses and enhancing maximum achievable torque and speed by 20% leading to lower motor rating, weight, space and cooling requirements
  • Ripple-free torque leading to reduced mechanical stress, velocity fluctuation, noise and higher reliability and tracking accuracy in servo applications
  • Automatic fault recovery from a phase winding failure and/or phase voltage/current saturation
  • Capability to provide critical information regarding motor health to master system (M2M, machine-to-machine)
  • Easy-to-use application programming interface (API) for quick and safe operation including multiple debug modes for power stage, transducer and system protection verification for early bug detection

This software can be ported and run on any type of electronic device that fits motor control applications and integrated into new or existing electric motor drive systems.

“Critical applications are numerous ranging from airplane brake systems, robotics and electric vehicles to HVAC systems installed in a nuclear plant. In many of those applications, electric motors play a central role and failure may lead to catastrophic human and financial consequences” said Dr. Marc Perron, President at Alizem. “This is why the motor control software installed in those motor drive systems must not only deliver excellent operational performance but must also be robust to motor damage in order to reduce the risk of failure and downtime. This also includes consuming as low energy as possible to maximize operation time when systems are operating from a limited energy source such as batteries or gas tank. This new product is a great way to address this problem without investing all the efforts needed to develop this technology. This is how Alizem helps its customer to get more innovation in their product better, faster and cheaper.”

Customers interested in this solution have access to more technical information by consulting Alizem website or by contacting Alizem sales department.

About Alizem inc. - Alizem is a vendor-independent embedded software IP 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 power electronics systems. http://www.alizem.com

About the Canadian Space Agency – Established by the Government of Canada in March 1989, the Agency's headquarters are located in Longueuil, Quebec. To meet the evolving needs of Canadian citizens, CSA partners with government, industry, universities, and international organizations. By leveraging international cooperation, the CSA generates world-class scientific research and industrial development for the benefit of Canadians and humanity. http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/industry/ipmtt

 

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Alizem licenses its Embedded Motor Control Software IP in industrial market

 

 

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Alizem licenses its Embedded Motor Control Software IP in industrial market

  

Lévis (CANADA), October 28th 2013. Alizemis pleased to announce the signature of a license agreement of its recently released COTS Motor Control Software IP for Servo-Drives applications on Altera FPGAs with a leading OEM company having revenues over 1.5B$ in industrial market. One clause of this agreement is to keep the name of this customer confidential.

 

“Alizem Embedded Motor Control Software IP is a great fit for innovative companies that are looking to design better power electronics-based products faster and cheaper.” said Dr. Marc Perron, President at Alizem. “Motor control is a very complex application and the process of designing a new industrial product is a very long one, having many internal performances gates to reach before going into production. By licensing Alizem Motor Control Software IP, our customers have on-tap access to world-class experts in the field of power electronics during their whole product development process without having to have full-time staff assigned to this specific task. They also tremendously reduce the financial risk of their project by shifting this software development cost up to production stage which is a great option in uncertain economic times where product development projects are often delayed or cancelled”.

 

About Alizem inc. - Alizem is a vendor-independent embedded software IP 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.  Alizem is a proud member of the Altera Design Service Network (DSN) since 2008. www.alizem.com

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Related product: Alizem Motor Control IP for Servo Drives Applications on Altera Devices

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Alizem Embedded Motor Control Software IP reaches a new milestone of performance

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Alizem Embedded Motor Control Software IP reaches a new milestone of performance

 

Lévis (CANADA), October 22nd 2013. Alizemis pleased to announce that its recently released Embedded Motor Control Software IP for Servo-Drives applications has reached a new milestone of performance after having been successfully tested at customer site on industrial electric motors with power ranging from 25kW to 100kW. For strategic and competitive reasons, the name of this customer and operating data are kept confidential at this time.

“It is one thing to have an electric motor spinning, but that’s another to achieve desired performance into a real industrial application where all operating factors such as load cycle, temperature, energy consumption, acceleration, deceleration, vibration, etc. are in place” said Dr. Marc Perron, President at Alizem. “Alizem Motor Control Software IP performance has been successfully tested aside leading European off-the-shelf motor drive systems showing results that are equal or better according to customer’s engineers”.

“This new milestone of performance is a great achievement for Alizem and for the world of custom motor drive design in general. In the past, OEM needing to design their own industrial motor drive – to meet specific requirements not fulfilled by existing motor drives or for price reasons or both - could easily buy all components off-the-shelf for their design, except the software. It is well known this is where the bottleneck is because it can easily take up to 5 years to an engineering team to develop and test this software from scratch. Alizem precisely fix this problem with off-the-shelf software that can be easily downloaded from our website, quickly integrated in our customer’s system and paid upon entering into production phase. This radically changes the game in terms of costs, risks and time-to-market.” Dr. Perron added.

 

About Alizem inc. - Alizem is a vendor-independent embedded software IP 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.

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Related product: Alizem Motor Control IP for Servo Drives Applications on Altera Devices

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Alizem signs with the Canadian Space Agency to offer new embedded Motor Control Software IP

 

 

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Alizem signs with the Canadian Space Agency to offer new embedded Motor Control Software IP

 

Lévis (CANADA), October 9th 2013. Alizemis pleased to announce that an agreement has recently been signed with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in the field of embedded software intellectual property applied to critical motor control applications. Alizem has been selected by CSA to market intellectual property developed at the agency’s St-Hubert, Québec-based labs. This innovation will provide significant performance and reliability benefits in critical motor control applications for the aerospace, automotive, industrial and defence markets.

 

“It is an honour for us to commercialize a technology from CSA, a Government of Canada Agency recognized worldwide for having developed many leading space robotics technologies. By offering its technologies to the market, CSA proves it is also a commercial innovator that is in-line with the spirit of open innovation by leveraging its intellectual property assets to generate new revenues and encouraging other organizations to not reinvent the wheel. This is a natural fit with Alizem’s expertise and business model, which is meant to provide to original equipment manufacturers an alternative channel for innovation that also allows them to reduce product development costs, risks and time-to-market. Alizem customers now have direct access to this CSA innovation without having to invest in a lengthy and risky development process. In the context of shrinking budgets for R&D, the increasing pressure to differentiate against the competition and the shorter product life cycles, Alizem value proposition has no comparison against the traditional motor control software development process.” said Dr. Marc Perron, President of Alizem.

 

Details and the official release of this new motor control IP are going to be announced in the coming weeks. 

 

About Alizem inc. - Alizem is a vendor-independent embedded software IP 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.

 

About the Canadian Space Agency – Established by the Government of Canada in March 1989, the Agency's headquarters are located in Longueuil, Quebec. To meet the evolving needs of Canadian citizens, CSA partners with government, industry, universities, and international organizations. By leveraging international cooperation, the CSA generates world-class scientific research and industrial development for the benefit of Canadians and humanity. http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/industry/ipmtt

 

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System modularity is key for OEM machine builders



DesignNews has recently published an excellent article titled Trends in Integrated Motor Drives.

According to this article:

"The trend toward distributing automation and motion control devices is enabling the move to modular machine designs, and has become a large part of the underlying value proposition for integrated motor drives that incorporate servo technology."

Further in this article, the author Al Presher talks about system architectures that "are becoming more modular by design and offer a logical combination of mechanical, electrical and software modularity".

By offering application-specific COTS motor control software, Alizem is definely in line with this trend by allowing machine builders a maximum of flexibility in the choice of their system components including the choice of their electronic device and software. 

By using Alizem Motor Control Software IP, machine builders can then focus their time and budget on designing the best product possible in line with customer requirements without having to care about all technicalities related to software development. Alizem software maintenance and upgrades allow them to keep peace of mind during the whole life cycle of their product.

We thank the author and DesignNews for publishing this great article.



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5 reasons to choose Alizem Software IP in your next motor drive system development project



Mentor's Colin Walls has released a very good article yesterday titled "Using software IP: best practices for embedded systems design" on the general benefits of using software IP in general embedded system design.

Those benefits are also true for motor control software IP but an important step in using software IP is to choose the good one from a competent vendor. Here is how Alizem IP positions on 5 important criteria for software IP selection listed by the author:

1- Functionality

This is a very important question especially in power electronics applications where there exists hundreds if not thousands of different way to achieve the same functionnality (not including the unique software variations that are caused by limitations of each electronic devices). This is the reasons why Alizem bundle its product as "application-specific products". Motor control of a 500W washing machine motor is not the same as a 500W power steering system. Hence, Alizem IP are tailored to fit specific motor control applications and bundled with all functions needed to achieve top performance and fast integration.

Alizem is software IP is currently in use in applications from 30W to 86kW.

2- Quality

As a software company, Alizem knows about the importance of having a controlled software development process to make sure its software is developped and tested with the highest standard possible (our process is CMM-like). Since Alizem software is used to control energy, the impact of a bug can be disastrous: system damage, electrocution, etc. Hence, every software version that is realeased is tested on a real testbench with a real motor.

Also, Alizem has recently received the AMPP certification, the highest IP quality certification delivered by Altera.

3- Price

Alizem Software IP prices are set to be absolutely compelling against the cost of developping its own software from scratch.

4- Licensing 

Software IP licensing allows our customer to pay for the IP when they enter in production, i.e. when revenues comes in. In a world of economic uncertainty, this is a very compelling option that reduces financial risk of any product development project.

5- Core compentency

Alizem is entirely dedicated to the world of power electronics applications. Our team has nearly ~100 years of experience in this field.


Not convinced yet ? We would be glad to hear from you. Please contact us !

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How Alizem addresses the Top 6 Challenges in Electronics Manufacturing

Recently, an excellent article has been published by Mike Roberts on the Product Design and Development website, addressing the top 6 challenges in Electronics Manfacturing. Here is how Alizem COTS embedded software contributes in solving those challenges :


1. Shrinking Operating Margins: Global competition and new innovations are driving prices down. Companies must continually become more cost-efficient to remain profitable. 

Alizem offers off-the-shelf expertise in embedded software and power electronics applications. You get the best of the the worlds: rare-to-find world-class expertise, on tap. This approach helps you bring constant innovation in your products at reduced costs, risks and time-to-market.

2. Complex Global Supply-Chain: More and more, companies have to juggle internal and external resources while staying within international standards. Issues such as traceability and compliance are increasing operational burdens. It is not unusual for components and sub-components to embark on a journey that touches three or more continents before reaching the end-consumer.

3. Service and Warranty Management: Leveraging the global supply-chain is putting more focus on supplier quality management. Having a strong quality and traceability system directly affects warranty reserve and post-production service hours. 

Alizem software products are delivered over internet directly to customer worldwide. No inventory is needed. No domain experts are required.

4. Short Product Lifecycles: With quickly changing consumer tastes and preferences, EMS companies and contract manufacturers need to have effective New Product Introduction (NPI) processes in place. Closed-loop communication between sales, manufacturing, and engineering is vital to ensure product launches hit time, volume, and quality targets.

Alizem offers application-specific, pre-tested and directly integrable embedded software. Knowing that embedded software development accounts for a high proportion of a project costs and risks, this is a great way to shorten product lifecycles while keeping focus on product differentiation.

5. Uncertain Demand: Aggregately, economic volatility and cyclical demand cause fluctuations in production. On a more granular level, consumer preference can cause spikes in demand for an individual product or company. Efficient lean capabilities must be in place to keep inventory aligned with demand.

Alizem on-tap expertise and products are delivered when needed allowing our customers to freely adjust their schedule and easily go through any economic downturn or exceptional events. Also, Alizem offers its products through flexible licensing agreements that enable development system costs to be delayed up to production (revenues).

6. Sustainability: Emerging regulations and standards are forcing companies to account more and more for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in decisions. E-Waste, a popular topic today, is driving conversations about the disposal of products and their impact on the environment. Companies must now consider of the complete product lifecycle in decisions.

Alizem products are "virtual goods" that, according this study, account for -30% GHG savings. They are in line with the large trend of virtualization and dematerialization.




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