As power converters and motor drives get more complex with faster switching speeds, a high performance digital control development system is required. PSIM combined with the PE-Expert4 development system provides a dedicated tool for each aspect of this workflow.
The platform consists of an inverter, controller, control software C library, runtime debugger and monitor, and integrated Power analyzer. Time and budget can be saved by utilizing this “all-in-one” package as a universal platform. At the same time, the user-friendly interface will save users’ time through its operation and maintenance.
Novel and/or complex systems may require many points of measurement such as various sensor inputs, control program variables, and calculated values (power analysis). All these values can be observed by the system’s real-time viewer, PE-ViewX and PE-Meter, without interfering in its operation. Also, users can read and write any global variable in the control C program in run time.
A user can program their own FPGA design in the system in addition to the DSP C source code. The system has great scalability supporting over 100 gate control and ADC (Analog to Digital Conversion) interface. For safety and robustness, dead time gate block and various interlock functions are prepared in hardware and software. This architecture is based on over 20 years of experience in the industry.
PE-ViewX supports a series of software programming processes, such as coding, compiling, linking, debugging, and handling design projects. User software can be downloaded to a target such as PE-Expert4 DSP. Then the user can run the program and debug.
Project Management, Program Development and Real Time Debug in PE-Expert4 or PE-PRO.
PE-Expert4 system provides a universal hardware and software platform in which both control and measurement are integrated.
Even though you may have no C programming or FPGA design experts on your team, this flexible and scalable architecture can be built very quickly. It is a “ready-to -use” platform that enables you to learn and start advanced power electronics system with high end digital technology.
This video explains how digital control code can be generated from PSIM to run on the PE-Expert4, a high performance DSP/FPGA development system.
The PE-Expert4 can be used to control hardware, a motor drive in this video, or interfaced with the Typhoon-HIL for a high fidelity realtime hardware simulation. The power stage that the Typhoon-HIL is emulating can also be exported from PSIM for a seamless integration of all three parts. The PSIM to PE-Expert4 code generation allows for up to 144 PWMs to be controlled at 400kHz. It is best practice to ensure that the control system works before the real-hardware is energized.