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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 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 !

 

 

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

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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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Webinar: Alizem's Dr. Marc Perron on the topic of FPGA-based motion controllers on May 30th 2013

 

This webinar was scheduled on May 30th 2013. Have you missed it ? No problem: you can still listen to it by clicking here.

The Brains behind the Motion Controller 

Date: May 30, 2013 
Time: 2:00 PM EDT 
Duration: 45 minutes with Q&A 

About the Webinar 

Motion control applications are full of motors, drives, gears, actuators, and so on. But without the electrical components driving the mechanics, you won’t get very far. This webinar will look at the electronics that serve as the brains behind the motion control applications, from the division of analog (power) and digital, to the processing that can differentiate a “smart” motion controller. 

Panelists: 

Dave Moore 
Senior Strategic Marketing Manager 
Altera’s Industrial Business Unit 

Dr. Marc Perron 
President 
Alizem inc. 

Moderator: 

Rich Nass 
Brand Director 
Design News- UBM Canon 

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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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