#SPS11 Test drive industry’s first virtual target for software development on SoC FPGAs

Altera Corporation demonstrated its latest industrial embedded solutions for energy-efficient and safety-integrated drive systems.

They highlighted how its Cyclone® series of FPGAs enables integrated, high-performance industrial systems such as drive systems with a high-performance control loop in floating point. Visitors to the booth also can test drive the industry’s first Virtual Target for software development on the new Cyclone V SoC FPGA with the integrated ARM® Cortex(TM)-A9 MPCore(TM) processor. Many designers use Cyclone FPGAs in a wide range of industrial applications including drives, PLCs, inverters and embedded control.

Demonstrations included:

  • “Drive-on-a-chip” solution through model-based design
  • Leveraging the FPGA industry’s first variable-precision DSP architecture, Altera tools such as DSP Builder and Qsys take advantage of floating-point algorithms implemented in MathWorks Simulink to reduce control loop latency and extend intellectual property (IP) reuse
  • Building a drive on a single device by integrating the motor control algorithm, logic, encoder interface and Industrial Ethernet protocols
    o Using EBV Elektronik’s FalconEye FPGA system with a brushless motor to deliver a flexible hardware reference platform that significantly reduces development time
  • Support for multiple industrial networking protocols on a single device
  • The Industrial Networking Kit (INK), featuring the Cyclone IV E FPGA, expands support for the leading Industrial Ethernet protocols on a single FPGA
  • Integrated FPGA control for 3-level IGBTs
  • A hardware reference system highlighting an efficient method for 3-level space-vector modulation for inverters and high-frequency drives
  • The latest in 3-level insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) with smaller output voltage steps that reduce potential issues with long power cables between the inverter and motor
  • New software development tool for ARM-Based SoC FPGAs
  • FPGA industry’s first Virtual Target for software development on SoC FPGAs designed to enable immediate device-specific embedded software development
  • PC-based functional simulation of embedded development board for Cyclone V and Arria® V SoC FPGA devices
  • Binary- and register-compatible, functional equivalent of SoC FPGA board ensures that software developed on the Virtual Target can be moved to the actual board with minimal effort

About Eoin Ó Riain

Sé Read-out iris uaithoibríoch, ionstraim agus stiúradh na hÉireann agus an "Signpost" a áit ar an idirlín! Read-out is Ireland's journal of automation, instrumentation and control and the Instrumentation Signpost is it's web presence.
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