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Alizem releases its new Internet-of-Things (IoT) software interface

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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

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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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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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Alizem is featured in Bodo's Power System Magazine of December 2014


Alizem's Dr. Marc Perron new eBook on the topic of "How to design a custom electric motor drive with COTS components ?" is proudly featured in the "News" section of this month's Bodo's Power System Magazine (see page 11).


Bodo's Power System Magazine is entirely dedicated with articles regarding electronics in motion and power conversion systems. Edited by the unique Bodo ArIt, it offers access to general power electronics information, industry news, and company specific solutions for power electronics applications. Articles are written as contributions by technology experts from the industry. Get your FREE subscription here !

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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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