Power boards are added to design kits for industrial and home appliances

Two power boards have been added to the iMotion Modular Application Design Kits (MADK) by Infineon Technologies.

The two half bridge boards complement the evaluation system, providing a scalable design platform for three-phase motor drives in the range from 20 to 300W. The kit aims at applications in the field of industrial and home appliance, e.g. pumps, fans, air conditioners and major home appliances. The boards also address battery-powered applications, for example, says the company, a kit can be used in a functional motor system for it to run in less than one hour, speeding time to market.

The boards are based on the company’s µIPM and come in power ratings of 100V/20A and 40V/6.0A. They feature an over-current/under-voltage lockout protection with fault output and an onboard power supply of 15 and 3.3V, respectively. Since no heatsinks are required, developers can optimise the copper area of the PCB for thermal performance. In combination with an XMC1302 or IRMCK099 control card, designers only need to plug the cards into the PC, motor and grid equivalent voltage supply and download, install and set the parameters of the software.

The field oriented control (FOC) software supports sensorless motor control based on the XMC1302 microcontroller. The XMC1302 control card includes a debugger based on Segger J-Link technology.

Software support includes an μC-Probe-based GUI. Application software development can be implemented via DAVE, free-of-charge IDE, or with major ARM IDEs, like Keil, IAR or Atollic. The IRMCK099 based control card with debug MCE-tool 2.0 has the patented and field proven motor control engine (MCE).

Based on the CIPOS Mini, two additional power boards allowing for motor control of up to 2kW will be launched in mid-2017.

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