TI introduces breakthrough motor control technology: InstaSPIN™-FOC motor control solution with FAST™ software encoder

  TI introduces breakthrough motor control technology: InstaSPIN™-FOC motor
            control solution with FAST™ software encoder algorithm

Identify, tune and fully control your motor in less than 5 minutes and
eliminate the need for a mechanical rotor sensor. Available on C2000™ Piccolo™
microcontrollers today!

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, Feb. 26, 2013

HOUSTON, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Motor control system designers can now
concentrate on differentiating designs rather than spending weeks and months
tuning their motor control systems. With the new InstaSPIN™-FOC
(field-oriented-control) solution from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI)
(NASDAQ: TXN), designers can now identify, tune and fully control (through
variable speeds and loads) any type of three-phase, synchronous or
asynchronous motor in five minutes or less. This new technology removes the
need for a mechanical motor rotor sensor to reduce system costs and improves
operation using TI's new software encoder (sensorless observer) algorithm,
FAST™ (flux, angle, speed and torque), embedded in the read-only-memory (ROM)
on TI's 32-bit C2000™ Piccolo™ microcontrollers. InstaSPIN-FOC joins the
previously introduced InstaSPIN-BLDC technology and will be followed with
future InstaSPIN variations to make motor control development easier and more

Improve motor system reliability and efficiency

Many industries have delayed the use and adoption of sensorless FOC motor
techniques because of the lack of motor control system knowledge, despite the
many system benefits these techniques provide. InstaSPIN-FOC eases development
and reduces system cost and complexity for designers — even those with limited
motor control experience — and enables premium solutions that improve motor
efficiency, performance and reliability in all variable speed and load motor
applications. In traditional FOC motor designs, the use of a rotor sensor can
impact a system with increased costs (sensor, power supply, special cabling
and connectors, installation and maintenance) and potentially lower
reliability (performance degradation in harsh conditions, electrical noise,
temperature and humidity). In addition, using a sensor in many applications,
such as an enclosed compressor or a large traction machine, is also completely

Features and benefits of InstaSPIN-FOC™ technology:

  oSave months of design time with nearly fully automated identification and
    control tuning, allowing designers to differentiate their products with
    capabilities beyond full motor torque.
  oNear encoder performance with embedded on-chip FAST observer algorithm
    calculating a reliable and robust estimation of flux, angle, speed and
    torque across use conditions. Accurate, sensorless "estimator" performance
    eliminates the need for a physical encoder in most cases.
  oAccommodate all three-phase motors, synchronous (BLDC, SPM and IPM) and
    asynchronous (ACI) with the same solution.
  oIdentify and tune with off-line motor commissioning that identifies the
    needed electrical parameters of the motor, tunes the FAST algorithm, and
    initializes the current controllers for stable operation. An optional
    online resistance re-estimation mode which tracks changes for robust
    observer performance in the harshest use cases is also offered.
  oEliminate start-up challenges of other sensorless techniques with built-in
    start-up modes and observer angle lock in less than one electrical cycle.
  oSlow speed performance with angle integrity preserved at steady state
    below 1 Hz (typical) with full torque, reversals through zero speed and
    stall conditions with smooth stall recovery.
  oGain flexibility with the ability to implement a single function call FOC
    torque controller (supports up to two motors from the same ROM) or a
    completely custom control system  with FAST as the motor sensor.
  oAllow most efficient motor sizing with built-in field control, providing
    manual or automated field-weakening (higher speeds) or manual
    field-boosting (higher torque) applications.
  oGain massive energy savings for induction motors using the PowerWarp™
    mode, eliminating energy waste during times when torque is not immediately
  oDevelop easily and evaluate quickly using the new motor control library 
    (modules, drivers, system examples, documentation) through MotorWare^™,
    which offers latest in C object-oriented and API-based coding techniques.
    Conduct lab instrumentation  through TI's free, new GUI Composer tool.

Pricing and availability

InstaSPIN-FOC is available today on the production-ready, 90 MHz, 32-bit
floating point Piccolo F2806xF microcontrollers starting at $6.70 USD per 10
Ku. InstaSPIN-FOC will be featured on several other Piccolo microcontrollers
in the near future. Designers can begin their latest InstaSPIN-FOC motor
designs with a low-voltage, low-current motor control kit for $299
(DRV8312-69M-KIT), low-voltage, high-current motor control kit for $299
(DRV8301-69M-KIT) or high-voltage motor control kit for $699
(TMDSHVMTRINSPIN). If designers have a previously purchased a TI motor control
development kit, they can order the modular InstaSPIN™-FOC-enabled Piccolo
controlCARD for $99 (TMDSCNCD28069MISO).

Find out more about InstaSPIN-FOCand TI motor control solutions:

  oTI motor control solutions: www.ti.com/c2x-isfoc-pr-lp3
  oMotor control training: www.ti.com/c2x-isfoc-pr-tr

TI's broad portfolio of microcontrollers (MCUs) and software

From general purpose, ultra-low power MSP microcontrollers, to Stellaris®
Cortex™-M microcontrollers to real-time control C2000™ microcontrollers, and
Hercules™ safety microcontrollers, TI offers the broadest range of
microcontroller solutions. Designers can accelerate time to market by tapping
into TI's complete software and hardware tools, extensive third-party
offerings and technical support.

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InstaSPIN, C2000, Piccolo, MSP and MotorWare are trademarks and Stellaris is a
registered trademark of Texas Instruments Incorporated. All registered
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Hear it from our customers! Read their feedback on InstaSPIN™-FOC:

Contronics develops techniques and manufactures equipment that contributeto a
better planet. They are very successful with efficient misting systems for
supermarkets to keep food fresh for twice as long and use 80 percent less
energy. Contronics has also supplied ventilation fan controllers for a number
of years and are pleased to release a new product that will change their
industry: CoMoCo Intelligent Motor Control. View the video.

"The CoMoCo is the smartest electrical drive for fans in the world, and it is
powered by TI's Piccolo microcontrollers and InstaSPIN-FOC technology. The
built-in PowerWarp™ mode reduces current consumption to the bare minimum
required at all times, enabling a 280W fan to consume less than 10W,while
maintaining the same speed and commanded airflow. In our 14-month field
trial, this resulted in overall energy savings of 80 percent versus triac
controls and 50 percent versus InstaSPIN-FOC with PowerWarp disabled. Due to
the high-precision speed and torque signals from the FAST™ encoder, we have
turned the fan itself into a speed and flow sensor. This actually improves
dynamic capability, eliminates costly hardware and simplifies installation." ―
Frank Bakker, managing director, Contronics

Royal Dutch Gazelle is one of the oldest and most respected bicycle
manufacturers in the world. In their home country of Holland, bicycles are
not just a means of exercise or recreation but a way of life. Electrically
assisted bicycles already make up 20 percent of their consumer sales as they
look to extend their range and enable easier mobility throughout their country
and the world. View the video.

"The TI Piccolo microcontroller-based InstaSPIN™-FOC solution gives us
extremely robust, low-speed, high-torque performance that enables us to use
quieter and smaller direct-drive motors without the cost or lowered
reliability of a solution with a mechanical rotor sensor. The motor
identification and auto tuning allows us to rapidly test new motors, and more
importantly, to have a motor-drive system that just works. This allows our
engineers to focus their efforts on innovation, such asadditional rider
enhancements possible with the unique, extremely high-resolution speed and
torque signals from the FAST™ software encoder."― Erwin Van Norel, electronic
innovation manager, Royal Dutch Gazelle

e-Tractionspecializes in electric road mobility, providing electric motor and
drive solutions for a variety of specialized vehicles, such as busses, refuse
trucks and passenger cars with a goal to increase efficiency of electric
drivetrains in order to reduce CO2 emissions, noise levels, pollution and the
dependence on fossil fuels. View the video.

"A world of vehicular electrification is enabled through TI's Piccolo
microcontroller with InstaSPIN™-FOC and the FAST™ software encoder, which
provides a single, sensorless solution that works across any motor type, power
range and variable speed and load conditions. We use the same software
solution for high voltage but varying current asynchronous pumps, compressors
and starter generators. And we have just removed the mechanical rotor sensors
on our synchronous in-hub motors for passenger vehicles and busses,
eliminating a major source of development challenges while increasing safety
and reliability. Because the torque control from InstaSPIN-FOC works so well,
we can focus our efforts on system communications and diagnostics, product
enhancements and new inventions that make the world a cleaner and greener
place to live." ― Geert Kwintenberg, department manager, electronics and
software engineering, e-Traction

SOURCE Texas Instruments

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