TI to add machine learning to codeless brushless motor drivers

September 09, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
TI to add machine learning to codeless brushless motor drivers
Codeless real time control in the 70W MCF8316A and MCT8316A BLDC motor drivers enables engineers to spin up quieter BLDC motors in less than 10 minutes

Texas Instruments is planning to add machine learning to its latest family of brushless DC motor drivers.

The 70W BLDC motor driver combine analog and digital chips in a single package to provide code-free, sensorless trapezoidal and field-oriented control (FOC) for quieter consumer applications.

“There is a very big need for quieter appliances and motors in general,” said  Kannan Soundaraparran, Vice President & GM - Motor Drive Business Unit at Texas Instruments. “There are challenges in transitioning from older technologies to newer ones with permanent magnets. Moving to BLDC increases board size and cost and we have had BLDC motor drivers for a while but we are excited about the new technology as code free BLDC motor drivers eliminate software development but are difficult to optimize,” he said.  

The MCF8316A and MCT8316A BLDC motor drivers include a set of commutation control algorithms that eliminate the need to develop, maintain and qualify motor-control software, which eliminates months of design time. The algorithms, along with a high level of integration, enable these motor drivers to manage critical functions such as motor fault detection, while implementing protection mechanisms to increase system reliability. Because these motor drivers integrate sensorless technology to determine rotor position, they eliminate the need for external Hall sensors, which reduces system cost and increases reliability.

“70W is a sweet spot for appliances and we think this will have a wide area of applicability,” said Soundaraparran.

The MCF8316A sensorless FOC motor driver intelligently extracts motor parameters, enabling designers to quickly tune a motor while delivering consistent system performance regardless of motor manufacturing variations. This has the ability to modify these parameters over time to optimize the performance during operation.

“It is possible to do but I don’t  know if we have switched it on. This capability does exist. These are things we will figure out as we interface with customers,” said Soundaraparran.

Next: Patented BLDC dead time compensation 


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