- March 08, 2017
March 9, 2017— An motor control software plug-in for Microchip’s MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with auto tuning and self-commissioning capability is now available from Microchip Technology, a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions. The plug-in, called motorBench Development Suite, is a Graphical User Interface (GUI)-based tool with automatic tuning of feedback control gains and offline accurate measurement of critical motor parameters such as resistance, inductances and the back electromagnetic force (EMF) constant.
This plug-in collects all the information relevant to the motor control system and automatically tunes the control algorithm gains. The software then uses this information to generate MPLAB X IDE project code ready to run on Microchip’s dsPIC33EP family of Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). The generated code can then be reviewed and edited as needed and flashed as motor control firmware.
The motorBench Development Suite is currently available using Microchip’s dsPICDEM™ MCLV-2 development board (Part # DM330021-2) with a dsPIC33EP256MC506 External OpAmp Motor Control Plug-in-Module (PIM) (Part # MA330031-2) and a 24V 3-phase brushless DC motor with encoder (Part # AC300022).