Renesas Electronics, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the availability of a new reference solution focused on high-performance, real-time motion control applications equipped with the Renesas RZ/T1 microprocessor (MPU). Renesas’ RZ/T1 motion control solution kit delivers a complete hardware/software solution to help simplify embedded development for industrial servo drives and controllers, industrial robotic systems, factory equipment, and other machine tools that require high speed, responsiveness, and excellent real-time performance.
Integrated Hardware Platform / Software Solution for Industry 4.0
The RZ/T1 motion control solution kit is a complete hardware/software solution for the RZ/T1 MPU, which delivers class-leading processing power and real-time architecture to run tighter control loops, network connectivity to support deterministic communication, and high-speed encoder interface – effectively serving as connected servo solution on a single chip. The new kit includes an RZ/T1 CPU card, and a dual channel 3-phase inverter to support dual channel servo motor control with current and position feedback. The kit also supports incremental and absolute encoder over EnDat, BiSS® or A-format protocols. All this reduces system manufacturers’ bill of materials (BOM) costs and using the solution kit, system manufacturers can activate a servo motor and begin their evaluation processes in just about 30 minutes after they unpack the solution kit.
Easing the Design Process
Setting up the timing to close the current and positon control loops is complicated. To simplify the evaluation and testing process for industrial developers, the RZ/T1 solution kit integrates software algorithms including field oriented control, position control loop, and velocity profile generator. This provides a pre-tested example that allows customers to quickly evaluate the performance of the chip. As a result, the solution kit shortens development time by three to four months.
Connecting the Industrial Environments
Connectivity plays a key role, as Industry 4.0 connects machines, products and systems within an industrial environment. The RZ/T1 solution kit features multi-protocol and interface support, including built-in RS422, RS232, CAN, USB and TTL UART. The RZ/T1 MPU includes the industry-tested R-IN Engine network subsystem with hardware accelerators built in to improve throughput and reduce task switching latency. The R-IN Engine includes EtherCAT on-chip, and a hardware switch that can support other industrial protocols such as PROFINET and Ethernet/IP.