Online simulation tool allows motor designers to evaluate TI's InstaSPIN™-FOC breakthrough motor control technology

Online simulation tool allows motor designers to evaluate TI's InstaSPIN™-FOC
                    breakthrough motor control technology

Free web-based tool enables users to test motor technology capability and
performance as it applies to application demands

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, June 13, 2013

HOUSTON, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Texas Instruments Incorporated
(TI) (NASDAQ: TXN), unveils a free, interactive online simulation tool that
enables motor designers to assess TI's InstaSPIN™-field-oriented-control (FOC)
technology. This online simulation allows users to fully evaluate TI
InstaSPIN-FOC's superior software-sensor-based "sensorless" control for
variable speed and load applications using three-phase, synchronous or
asynchronous motors. Within the online simulation, evaluators can select from
a library of motors, customize speed and load profiles and obtain simulation
results within minutes. The simulation viewer enables users to view each
waveform with a variety of zoom and pan options, perform numerous waveform
analyses (e.g., period calculations, RMS, average) and print results. The
entire experience is intended to give users confidence to proceed with motor
designs using TI InstaSPIN-FOC motor technology.

Introduced in February, TI's InstaSPIN-FOC removes the need for a mechanical
motor rotor sensor, reduces 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 also eases development 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 variable load motor applications. This motor
technology joins the previously introduced InstaSPIN-MOTION and InstaSPIN-BLDC
technologies and will be followed with future InstaSPIN variations to make
motor control development easier and more efficient.

Web-based interactive simulation puts the InstaSPIN-FOC™ FAST software
observer to the test, proving it truly can:

  oSave months of research and design time. Use the revolutionary new
    observer to feed the FOC algorithm. The FAST observer has already been
    designed, built, tested and coded within the memory of select C2000^TM
    Piccolo^TM MCUs.
  oOffer near encoder performance. View accurate angle estimates with respect
    to the true flux axis of the machine. Typical performance of the angle
    estimator is usually less than one degree off of the actual flux axis,
    depending on speed. This allows you to eliminate the encoder in many
    applications where it was previously required.
  oEliminate need for other system sensors. Verify how the FAST software
    observer accurately tracks motor torque, motor speed and motor flux to
    eliminate separate sensors for these system parameters.
  oAccommodate a multitude of three-phase motors. BLDC, SPM and AC induction
    motors can all be tested with the simulation (IPM motors are also
    supported with the InstaSPIN-FOC solution).
  oFacilitate a quick startup period. The FAST observer quickly adapts to
    chaotic startup conditions and can transition to closed-loop sensorless
    control usually within one cycle of the AC waveforms.
  oAchieve slow speed performance with angle integrity preserved at steady
    state below 1 Hz (typical) with full torque, reversals through zero speed
    and smooth stall recovery.

Pricing and availability
Access the InstaSPIN-FOC online simulation tool for free today. 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. After testing the technology through the web based
simulation tool, 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). Previously
purchased (latest hardware revision) versions of these motor control kits work
with 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-sim-pr-lp7
  oMotor control training: www.ti.com/c2x-sim-pr-tr

TI's broad portfolio of microcontrollers (MCUs) and software
Leading the industry in MCUs for low-power, real-time control, safety and
connectivity and, TI continues its 20+ years of microcontroller innovation to
offer the broadest microcontroller portfolio in the industry: Ultra-low-power
MSP MCUs, real-time control C2000™ MCUs, Tiva™ ARM^® MCUs and Hercules™ ARM
MCUs. Designers can accelerate time to market by tapping into TI's tools,
software, wireless connectivity solutions, extensive Design Network offerings
and technical support.

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and
manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By
employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the
future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the
future, today. Learn more at www.ti.com.

Trademarks
InstaSPIN, C2000, Piccolo, MSP, Tiva and MotorWare are trademarks of Texas
Instruments Incorporated. All registered trademarks and other trademarks
belong to their respective owners.

SOURCE Texas Instruments Incorporated

Website: http://www.ti.com
Contact: Christi Davidson, GolinHarris, (972) 341-2584,
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