The Piccolo F28035 based solar explorer kit is intended to give designers the opportunity to evaluate different power stages used in solar applications in a safe, low voltage environment. This kit also offers designers of single panel off-grid applications such as lighting or motor control systems a robust development platform to start from by utilizing the 36VDC intermediate bus.
All of the primary application power stages are controlled with a single C2000 MCU, including a single switch boost stage for maximum power point tracking, a SEPIC battery charging stage, and a grid-tie-capable DC/AC inverter stage capable of outputting 24VAC. Integrated USB JTAG emulation eliminates the need for external JTAG development hardware. A built in panel emulation circuit also allows designers to evaluate different shading situations without the need for expensive external hardware. A quickstart graphical user interface is included, as well as fully documented, open source hardware and software libraries.
Piccolo™ C28x™ low-cost, high integration 32-bit microcontrollers feature architectural advancements and enhanced peripherals to bring the benefits of 32-bit real-time control to applications typically unable to justify the associated cost. Whether you need fixed-point 40-60 MHz performance with the F2802x series, additional flash memory and CLA for high-efficiency control loops of the F2803x series, or the floating-point, double memory, and new Viterbi complex math unit (VCU) of the F2806x series there is a Piccolo MCU fit for your needs.
Key Applications: Solar Power Inverters, LED Lighting, Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Appliances, Digital Power, Motor Drive and Control, Renewable Energy, Power Line Communications.