Electric motor controller development time cut using model-based design

Thien eDrives (formerly ATB Technologies), a developer of electrical drive systems, has used MATLAB and Simulink to model, simulate, and implement an electric motor control system on TI’s…

Thien eDrives (formerly ATB Technologies), a developer of electrical drive systems, has used MATLAB and Simulink to model, simulate, and implement an electric motor control system on TI’s C2000 microcontroller unit (MCU). 

By applying Model-Based Design, Thien eDrives moved rapidly from the first prototype to the final series, reducing development time by 50%, MathWorks claims. 

To develop an electric drive for a fuel cell vehicle compressor unit, including the motor control software, electronics, motor, and other mechanical components, Thien eDrives needed a design approach that enabled early verification of control strategies, code generation, and rapid design iterations throughout the project. 

Model-Based Design allowed for verification at multiple stages of development, helping produce a high-quality component within a shortened timeframe. Automatic code generation reportedly eliminated the time-consuming and error-prone hand-coding process while providing added confidence of compliance with certain MISRA C standards. 

Using models also simplified design reviews with Thien eDrives customers by eliminating the need for code review-driven processes, says MathWorks.

 

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