Sensorless Motor Platform Integrates Control and Analog Interface Functions
April 2007
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The latest iMotion™ integrated design platform consists of a mixed-signal controller and companion intelligent power module for the power stage, as well as algorithms, development software and design tools. The IRMCF371 mixed-signal control IC for pumps integrates all control and analog interface functions required for sensorless sinusoidal control of permanent magnet synchronous motors using DC link current measurements. Analog functions on the IC include differential amplifier, dual sample and hold circuits, and a 12-bit A/D converter to sample the low-voltage signal across the DC link shunt. The control incorporates the company’s patented Motion Control Engine (MCE)™, an algorithm editor that eliminates coding. An integrated 60MIPS, 8-bit, 8051 microcontroller enables application layer software development, operating independently from the MCE, and does not compete for system resources such as interrupts or internal registers. The embedded Analog Signal Engine (ASE)™ integrates all signal conditioning and conversion circuits required for single current shunt, sensorless control of a PMS motor. The IRAMS06UP60B is a compact, intelligent power module optimized for electronic motor control in appliance applications that features a three-phase inverter with IC driver in a compact single in-line (SIP1) package. The device includes a shutdown function and over-current protection for safe operation. Other built-in functions include current feedback via dedicated internal shunt resistors and a temperature-sensing device. Design tools include communications software running on the 8051 microcontroller that gives the PC-based MCEDesigner™ software access to the control parameters and system variables in the shared memory, to allow modification of the controller set points and control loop gains and other constants without needing to modify or compile software. International Rectifier, www.irf.com

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