Trinamic upgrade motion control eval kit

An upgrade to Trinamic’s modular evaluation system, to implement motion and motor control, has been announced. The company has introduced the interface board Landungsbrücke 2.0 to the modular evaluation system.

There are three parts to the evaluation system: the Landungsbrücke interface board with an NXP MK20 cortex M4 processor, the Eselsbrücke connector board, and an evaluation boards containing a chosen motor control chip or motion control chip. It also contains all the components needed to drive a motor.

Configuration of the plug-and-play evaluation system is simple with the TMCL-IDE, says Trinamic. The integrated development environment (IDE) is loaded with a wizard, code libraries, and easy to follow steps on how to tune the evaluation board.

“Years ago, we noticed a trend towards software engineering with an increasing focus on application layer and user interface. A trend that has only increased with the introduction of the fourth industrial revolution [industry 4.0],” says Michael Randt, Trinamic’s Founder and CEO.

“Companies want their teams to focus on their core expertise and develop ground-breaking applications, but while they work on the looks and brains of their devices, they still need the muscle to move their automated applications,” he added.

Engineers do not have to be experienced in motion control to evaluate and embed motion control easily into application. A computer can be connected via the USB-C port on the Landungsbrücke interface board and once TMCL-IDE is open, the IC parameters can be set. Once tuned in the IDE, the settings can be exported as TMCL-PC, or C++ for direct use in a customer’s own firmware.

The second generation of the Landungsbrücke interface board is upgraded to a maximum supply voltage of 70V. This accesses popular motion control technologies such as StealthChop, StallGuard, and CoolStep, as well as advanced ramping profiles and field oriented control (FOC) to a whole new range of cyber-physical systems.

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