New MCU software eliminates an FPGA to achieve a sub-1 microsecond current loop in industrial systems

Texas Instruments (TI) today introduced DesignDRIVE Fast Current Loop software that makes C2000™ microcontrollers (MCUs) the first devices to push current-loop performance to less than 1 microsecond. Together, TI’s C2000™ MCU portfolio and DesignDRIVE software delivers system-on-chip (SOC) functionality which simplifies drive control system development. New DesignDRIVE Fast Current Loop software out performs traditional microcontroller (MCU)-based current-loop solutions and can simplify designs by eliminating the field-programmable gate array (FPGA) typically used for external current-loop control. Fast Current Loop software is a free update available for C2000 controlSUITE™ software. For more information, see TI’s DesignDRIVE technology is a unified hardware and software platform that makes it easier for engineers to develop and evaluate solutions for a variety of industrial drive and servo topologies. As a key part of DesignDRIVE solutions, the new Fast Current Loop software enables developers to achieve higher control performance while saving valuable board space and simplifying thermal considerations.”