Microchip Offers Brushless DC, Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors Workshops

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, announced two hands-on workshop series that provide participants hands-on experience with the latest motor-control solutions and Microchip’s tools. One workshop series is focused on sensorless Brushless DC (BLDC) motors, while the other is on sensorless Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSMs). Registration information can be found online.

“We are pleased to offer this opportunity for hands-on motor control training, featuring our latest boards and algorithms,” said Ken Pye vice president of worldwide applications engineering for Microchip. “I can think of no faster way to jumpstart a design project, lower cost or improve product specifications, which is all critical in today’s competitive environment.”

The Sensorless BLDC Control With Back-EMF Filtering Using a Majority Function Workshop supports the industry-workhorse BLDC motor. Many designers with stepper-motor experience are looking to expand their horizons by incorporating BLDC motors into their products. This workshop features the sensorless majority function algorithm, which digitally filters the Back-Electromotive Force (BEMF) generated by the non-commutated windings to calculate rotor position, eliminating the need for comparators and position sensors. An in-depth analysis of Microchip’s BLDC Motor Control algorithms and an overview of the dsPIC® Digital Signal Controller (DSC) motor-control peripherals is also provided. Finally, attendees will use the new Real-Time Data Monitor (RTDM) integrated into Microchip’s MPLAB® Integrated Development Environment to modify algorithms and control the motor via a graphical interface.

Microchip incorporates the new dsPIC33F DSC-based dsPICDEMTM MCLV Development Board as this workshop’s learning vehicle. This development tool provides a cost-effective platform for evaluating and developing sensored or sensorless BLDC and PMSM motor-control applications.

The Sensorless Field Oriented Control for PMSM Motors Workshop supports the rapidly advancing adoption of PMSM motors, which are renowned for their power efficiency, small size and high performance at low motor speeds. This motor type is gaining widespread attention as cost-sensitive applications migrate from brushed DC motors to achieve smaller size, improved efficiency and longer life. Motors driving hydraulics or gears, when replaced with direct-drive PMSM motors, report better performance and efficiency at reduced weight and size. Microchip’s PMSM Workshop features the Field-Oriented Control (FOC) algorithm, which is considered a top-performing method for maximizing efficiency and performance. This workshop is designed to guide attendees through PMSM construction and its control. Through practical exercises, attendees gain familiarity with Microchip tools and the sensorless FOC algorithm for PMSM motors. Microchip’s factory applications engineers are scheduled to conduct the March workshops for PMSMs.

Pricing and Availability
Both motor-control workshops are offered for $99 each, for a six hour course. Tools are provided to attendees for the duration of the workshop, and discounts for purchasing the tools used in the workshop will be available to attendees. Due to the hands-on nature of the workshop, space is limited. The workshops will be held as follows:

BLDC Workshops

  • 3/4 – Southern Cal
  • 3/12 – Tulsa
  • 3/24 – Toronto
  • 5/6 – Boston
  • 5/7 – Cleveland
  • 5/13 – Baltimore
  • 5/28 – San Jose
  • 6/17 – Detroit

PMSM Workshops

  • 3/17 – Houston
  • 3/18 – San Jose
  • 3/19 – Southern Cal
  • 3/24 – Chicago
  • 3/25 – Boston
  • 3/26 – Toronto

To sign up for a workshop, please visit: www.microchip.com/motorworkshops. Additional workshops may be scheduled and the dates posted on this site. To request a workshop in your area, or a team training session, visit: techtrain.microchip.com/rtcv2/requestclasses.aspx

For a repository of Microchip’s dsPIC DSC motor-control solutions, visit www.microchip.com/DSCMOTOR. The MPLAB Integrated Development Environment v8.15, including the RTDM motor-control design tool, can be downloaded for free from www.microchip.com/mplab.

For additional information on all of Microchip’s motor-control solutions, please visit www.microchip.com/MOTOR, or contact any Microchip sales representative or authorized worldwide distributor. Additional Microchip training opportunities can be found online at: www.microchip.com/training

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Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

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