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Alizem Releases its New DC Motor Control Embedded Software IP for Intel® MAX® 10 FPGAs

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

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Québec Government invests 40M$ in More Electric Aircraft (SA2GE)

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 Embedded Motor Control Software for MAX10 FPGAs at Altera Industrial Showcase

Alizem releases its new Embedded Motor Control Software for MAX10 FPGAs
at Altera Toronto Industrial Showcase, June 25th 2015

Good news ! Alizem Embedded Motor Control Software for Servo-Drives Applications on Altera FPGA will soon be available in demo version on Altera MAX10 FPGA development kit ready to be plugged into a Falconeye-HSMC motor control board.
Key demo features
  • High performance field-oriented control (FOC) / vector control field tested on 30W to 100kW PMSM and BLDC motors
  • High bandwidth control with the new NIOS Gen 2 processor and VHDL optimized current loop
  • Leverage of integrated MAX10 Analog-to-Digital (A2D) converter for lower cost design (not available yet with sigma-delta A2D based Falconeye-HSMC)
  • Multi-axis application ready by leveraging MAX10 FPGA multi-core capabilities
  • Internet-of-things (IoT) ready with integrated energy consumption estimation
  • Alizem's proprietary 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 15.0

Target Applications

  • Industrial: Servo Drives and Multi-Axis Machine Tools
  • Automotive: EV powertrain, power steering and turbochargers 
  • Aerospace: More-Electric Aircraft and drones/UAVs
  • Medical Devices

Next Step #1: Live demo at Altera Industrial Showcase

Meet us for a live demo at Altera Toronto Industrial Showcase, June 25th 2015. Make sure to reserve your place ASAP on Altera website (previous link).

Next Step #2: Pre-order your FREE demo copy

If we can't meet at Toronto, you can pre-order your FREE demo copy directly from Alizem Boutique by following this link.

Questions ?

Feel free to contact us for more details. Meanwhile, thanks for your interest in Alizem and make sure to download our FREE ebook !

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Electronica 2014 - Accelerating Motor Control Algorithms with SoC FPGA’s

Are you at Electronica this week ?

Do not miss Altera's Roger May and EBV Elektronik's Harald Friedrich presentation on the topic of "Accelerating Motor Control Algorithms with SoC FPGA’s" :

Presentation is Thursday November 13th 2014 at 11:30 Hall A6 / A6.353.

RELATED PRODUCT: Alizem Motor Control IP for Servo Drives Applications on Altera Devices

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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 is now proudly listed as IP and Software Partner on EBV website

Following the recent release of Alizem Embedded Motor Control Software demo on EBV FalconEye Development kit, Alizem is now proudly listed as "IP and Software partner of EBV website ! To access EBV/FPGA website, click here.

Alizem is happy to join and work with this selected group of innovative companies in the field of industrial electronics.

 

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Alizem Embedded Motor Control Software is featured in Altera Inside Edge of September 2014

Alizem's new embedded motor control software demo release for EBV FalconEye is featured in the September 2014 edition of Altera Inside Edge !

 

 

Altera Inside Edge is a monthly newsletter where you can stay informed about what's new with Altera products, solutions, events, training, and more. Follow this link if you are interested to subscribe to this publication.

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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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For immediate publication
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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Source: Alizem Inc. +1 418 614 4643 - info@alizem.com

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