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Dr. Marc Perron interview at Warren Savage's Take Five Show

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.

 

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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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Is IP reuse good or bad ?

Great blog from System Design Engineering Community this morning on the question of Intellectual Property reuse. On the question "What are the advantages and disadvantages of using third party IP?", the best answer goes to IPextreme's Warren Savage :

"The advantages of using third party IP is usually related to that company being a domain expert in a certain field. By using IP from that company, you are in fact licensing expertise from this company and putting it to use in an effective way. Think of it like going to dinner at a 4-star Michelin rated restaurant. The ingredients may be ordinary but how they are assembled are far more exceptional than something the ordinary person can achieve on their own."

In the field of power electronics systems, the software is actually very simple: triggering some power switches to apply voltage on an electrical load. But the challenge is to apply the correct sequence of triggering in order to achieve expected behavior of the load in the target application. In order to do that, you must be a domain expert and know all about the application, the load and eventually software implementation. We are not even talking about safety aspects of power management software which can lead to real system damage or injury. This is so challenging that even the ubiqitous "field oriented control" is still often presented as "new and innovative", while it has been invented... 40 years ago! A simliar analogy could have been made with "playing piano" : everybody knows how to do it (triggering good notes and that the good time) but the challenge is to correctly execute it and create optimal expected effect (generate emotion).

This is inline with EDA Analyst Gary Smith at DAC 2014 ("How System Design is Changing Electronics ?"):

"The major vertical markets include industrial, consumer, telecom, computers, automotive, and mil/aero. To succeed in any of these markets you need an expert, or multiple experts, who drive product definition and market access. "You've got to find someone from the industry you're targeting," Smith said. What role does IP play in system design? A big one, according to Smith. Semiconductor IP is the key to productivity and low-cost design; in fact, it lowered the cost of design by 44% in 2011."

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Alizem signs MOU with Aerospace Software Certification leader Marinvent

      
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Alizem signs MOU with Mission and Safety-Critical Software Certification Leader Marinvent

 

Lévis and St-Bruno-de-Montarville (CANADA), May 21st 2014. Alizem is pleased to announce that it has recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Québec-based Marinvent regarding software certification aspects of its newly released Embedded Motor Control Software for Critical Applications. Marinvent is a recognized leader in the field of software certification of mission-critical systems with an extensive expertise in aerospace systems.
“Offering energy-efficient and reliable embedded motor control software is one thing, but qualifying this software to reach all safety and regulations standards mandatory for mission-critical applications is a complete other thing. By working with Marinvent, we leverage more than 30 years of experience in this very narrow field of software quality engineering to provide peace of mind to our customers and keeping them focused in reaching their market and business objectives” said Dr. Marc Perron, president at Alizem.
“Marinvent is always on the look-out for innovative companies with aerospace products that serve a gap in the market. Alizem’s Embedded Motor Control Software product certainly addresses a need that we see to find ways to reduce the size, weight and power consumption of the increasing number of electric motors being used in today’s aircraft, so it is with great pleasure that we are partnering with them from a certification perspective”, said Phil Cole, VP-Business Development at Marinvent.

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 Marinvent – Marinvent is an aerospace R&D test and evaluation company headquartered in St-Bruno, Québec, whose major function is to reduce the risk, life cycle cost, time to develop, and time to certify novel aerospace technologies for fixed wing, rotary wing and unmanned platforms. Marinvent specializes in Flight Test Services, Systems Engineering, Human Factors Engineering, Software Development and Civil Certification. Marinvent and its US JV partner (AdvAero) have a stellar track record of providing outsourced software development and services, and have been awarded numerous Supplemental Type Certificates (STC), ranging from single display upgrades to complete cockpit retrofits, such as the Honeywell CDS/R® retrofit for the Piaggio P180 aircraft, which included a completely new Electronic Flight Instrumentation System, FMS, INS AHRS, autopilot interface, radar, lightning detection, EGPWS, T2CAS, and RVSM certification. Marinvent and AdvAero have more than 100 combined years of experience in the aerospace R&D, with a customer base extending from NASA to every major avionics manufacturer in North America. http://www.marinvent.com

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Meet Alizem at OPAL-RT Real-Time 2014 Conference - Montréal, Qc - June 9-12th

Meet Alizem's Dr. Marc Perron at the next OPAL-RT Real-Time 2014 Conference in Montréal Quebec on June 9-12th. Make sure to attend his presentation on: "The More Electric Aircraft: How to Innovate while also reducing software costs and time-to-market ? An energy-efficient motor controller example". Date: Tuesday June 10th at 5:00PM. Official program here. To book a meeting: please contact us.

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Alizem joins C2MI as a Commercialization Partner

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Alizem joins C2MI as a Commercialization Partner 

Lévis and Bromont, March 20th 2014 – Alizem is proud to announce the signature of an agreement with the Centre de Collaboration MiQro Innovation (C2MI). By this agreement, Alizem is becoming one of the  commercialization partners within C2MI ecosystem. Commercialization partners support the Centre’s active members by providing expertise and resources to accelerate the process of getting new technologies on the market.

“We are glad to welcome Alizem into our network of valuable collaborators, which number is continuously growing reaching now more than 40 members and partners. Having Alizem on-board adds a whole set of new opportunities to our members by leveraging their unique expertise in embedded software for power electronic applications. Cost and time to develop embedded software is a key factor in the execution and success of a new product development. The value proposition of Alizem’s products and services is totally in-line with C2MI’s that is to enable the development of new electronic products, offering more performance and quality, while also reducing costs, risks and  development time  ” said Normand Bourbonnais, CEO of C2MI.

“C2MI is unique for the scope of its technological capacities, its way of doing business and its network of industrial and academic partners. We believe that C2MI’s collaborative approach is perfectly in phase with the new reality of state-of-the-art electronic product development and this is with a great pleasure that Alizem will contribute by putting forward its expertise in the field of power electronic applications, embedded systems and intellectual property transfer” adds Dr. Marc Perron, President at Alizem.

 

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. www.alizem.com

 

About Centre de collaboration MiQro Innovation

The MiQro Innovation Collaborative Center (C2MI) is an international reference in the fields of advanced packaging and microsystems. The C2MI is a centre of excellence for commercialization and research (CECR) whose role is to help produce market-driven prototypes in the fields of applications of the information and communication technologies, automobile, aerospace as well as environment and health to accelerate their commercialization. The establishment of C2MI was made possible by contributions from Industry Canada, the ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation du Québec, Université de Sherbrooke, industrial partners and the Town of Bromont. www.c2mi.ca.

 

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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 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 announces new distribution agreement for European market with Airics

  

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Alizem announces new distribution agreement for European market with Airics

 

Lévis (CANADA), October 15th 2013. Alizemis pleased to announce that it has recently entered into an agreement with Swedish Airics to distribute its embedded power electronics software and services over European territory. Airics is a recognized leader in the electronics design industry proposing cost-effective solutions based on 3rd-party semiconductor intellectual property.

 

“We are glad to work with Alizem to enhance Airics offer to its customers and to bring a new level of expertise in the field of embedded software for power electronics applications. Power electronics devices are found everywhere from industrial motor drives to electro-hydraulics actuators and medical equipment and the expertise needed to design embedded software for those applications is very rare. Alizem off-the-shelf embedded software solutions make it easy for customer in quickly bringing top-level domain expertise and the ability to pay the license when the product generates revenues at production stage. That’s a great advantage in a context where product development budget are on a shrinking path and schedule often delayed because of market uncertainty”, said Ulf Orrebrink, General Manager at Airics.

 

“Airics is an experienced electronics design company having a team of open-minded people that are totally dedicated to customer satisfaction. They have a profound knowledge of the electronic design market and their innovative approach has already convinced world-class companies. We are confident that our collaboration with Airics will increase our customer’s satisfaction over European territory and generate success for both companies”, said Dr. Marc Perron, president at Alizem.

 

European customers can know more about Alizem embedded software solutions by visiting Alizem website or by contacting Airics sales team directly.

  

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. www.alizem.com

 

About Airics – Airics is a pan-European provider of innovative, reliable and cost effective solutions for the electronic industry. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, we provide our customers with leading edge semiconductor intellectual properties (IP), embedded technology and design services contributing to our customer's success in their markets. Our expertise and experience span across the entire electronic design flow, covering the steps of system architecting & modeling, implementation, integration, test, verification and production. 

 

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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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