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TI Motor Drive Bundle, MotorWare, Personal Trainer - Review

Scoring

Product Performed to Expectations: 9
Specifications were sufficient to design with: 10
Demo Software was of good quality: 10
Product was easy to use: 7
Support materials were available: 8
The price to performance ratio was good: 7
TotalScore: 51 / 60
  • RoadTest: TI Motor Drive Bundle, MotorWare, Personal Trainer
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  • Evaluation Type: Development Boards & Tools
  • Was everything in the box required?: Yes - null
  • Comparable Products/Other parts you considered: null
  • What were the biggest problems encountered?: Learning how to use CCS software. A few unclear minor instructions.

  • Detailed Review:

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    Introduction

     

    TI Motor Drive Bundle consist of three main hardware components:

    • 24V BLDC Motor
    • Motor Drive BoosterPack featuring DRV8301

    The BOOSTXL-DRV8301 is 10A, 3-phase brushless DC drive stage based on the DRV8301 pre-driver and CSD18533Q5A NexFET™ power MOSFET. The module has 3x low side current sense amps (2 internal to DRV8301, 1 external). The module also has a 1.5A step down buck converter, is fully protected with short circuit, thermal, and shoot-through protection, and is easily configured via a SPI interface. This boosterpack is ideal for those wishing to learn about sensorless brushless control techniques and drive stage design. This kit was designed to work with any LaunchPad XL, with primary software support using MotorWare to support the InstaSPIN™-FOCsensorless control solution.

    • C2000 F28027F LaunchPad

      following Ti papers:

    The C2000™ Piccolo LaunchPad is an inexpensive, modular, and fun evaluation platform, enabling you to dive into real-time, closed-loop control development with Texas Instruments’ C2000™ 32-bit microcontroller family. This platform provides a great starting point for development of many common power electronics applications, including motor control, digital power supplies, solar inverters, digital LED lighting, precision sensing, and more.

     

    The above mentioned set is accompanied with very comprehensive package of software suite reach of functions capabilities etc.:

    Code Composer studio

     

    MotorWare

    The cohesive set of software and technical resources for developing InstaSPI-FOC™ and InstaSPIN-MOTION™ based applications. From device-specific drivers and support software to complete system examples and technical training, MotorWare provides support for every stage of development and evaluation MotorWare software has been developed to enable easy integration of best-in-class motor control techniques.This software has been developed to enable:

    • Modular and portable across MCU, power electronics and control techniques
    • Object Oriented software design
    • Special identification and auto tuning components for rapid system development
    • Most robust sensorless motor control
    • Highest performance sensored motion control
    • API based

     

    Additional "bonus" part is 1+6 hr Personal Trainer online Motor Control expertise and support.

     

    One more resource

    After several weeks of intensive exploration of the CCS & Motorware I want to put here information about another important tool
    this is  the TI E2E Support Community.

    and specially its Code Composer Studio Section as well as C2000 Microcontrollers Section.

    The great platform to look for answers and solutions of my present issues related to the hardware as well as software.

    Most questions are ansvered quick, on the other hand you can share knowledge, explore ideas and help solve problems with fellow engineers.

     

    Additional Resources

    Unfortunatelly listed below additional links don't work in my case:

    Get inspired by TI's most popular Motor Drive Reference Designs to spin your Motor!

    Reinforced Isolated Inverter

    http://www.ti.com/tool/tida-00366

    Isolated IGBT Gate Driver

    http://www.ti.com/tool/tida-00446

    Single-Chip Resolver-to-Digital Converter

    http://www.ti.com/tool/tida-00363

    Find more TI Designs

    Keep yourself updated around Motor Drive & Control

    New Motor Drive & Control Solutions Guide

     

    http://www.ti.com/lsds/ti/motor-drivers/brushless-dc-bldc-drivers-overview.page

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    Basic technical specifications

    Hardware

    C2000 Piccolo

    -  MCU F28027F LaunchPad Development Kit (LAUNCHXL-F28027F)

    Piccolo LaunchPad with TMS320F28027FPTT , InstaSPIN-FOC capable with support through MotorWare

    Evaluation and development tool compatible with various plug-on BoosterPacks.

    The LaunchPad provides a standardized and easy to use platform to use while developing your next application.

    More details from Ti here: http://www.ti.com/tool/launchxl-f28027f

     

    BOOSTXL-DRV8301 Motor Drive Booster Pack

     

    Configuration:

    Configuring the LaunchPad    (from: slvu974.pdf  and qsg_gui_universal.pdf page 22)

     

     

    24V BLDC Motor

    Features

    • NEMA17 Framesize
    • 8 poles (4 pairs), 24V, 26W, 4 kRPM, 3.66 V/KRPM
    • U,V,W phase wires with NO integrated mechanical sensor (Hall or Encoder)

    Description & Features:  http://www.ti.com/tool/lvbldcmtr#descriptionArea

    Above link leads also to motor data  necessary to add to our user.h file necessary to properly run CCS project.

    Software

     

    Code Composer studio

    MotorWare

    ControlSUITE™ Software Suite

    GUI Composer Runtime Installation and Webapp for MotorWare

    C2000Ware for C2000 MCUs

    On the picture below you can see the most important files downloaded and ready to install

    The package arrived!

    It comes in quite huge outer package oversized a little but nevermaind, it was very save delivered - filled with extra paper and air bags.

    outer package

    Nice painted boxes, some formal papers (mostly safety conditions and related issues),

    without detailed and heavy instruction, which is common and obvious In the era of the web tutorials (saving the environmet is important indeed!).

    the Ti packageDRV8x

    It was also accompanied with "postcard" with invitation to Readtest and contact with personal advisor................................

    as well as the nice Ti advertisement gadget: miniature screwdriver/ "wasserwage"..........................

    The set looks very promising it encourages to familiarize nad start project development.

     

    Technical documentation overview

     

    At the beginning I suffered the lack of simple "go through" instruction dedicated to the set!

    I miss manual for the set: 28027F/ 8301 prepared according to this one: GUI Quick Start Guide: InstaSPIN_FOC_F2806xM

     

    TI InstaSPIN Motor Control Solutions

     

    BOOSTXL-DRV8301

    First switching on

    At the begining I decided to install the proper environment for my incoming experiments.

    According to the manuals and advises on Ti websites, I started to install Motor Ware and CCS.

    I must honstly admit, that I encountered some strange issues during the installation.

    The first attempt produced several error messages.

     

    I found that the right sequence of installation matters as I had problem after run of motorware without CCS. In that case, the result was as follow:

    The motorware installed sucessfully but the initial screen was inadequate to the standard view from the manual.

    At last reinstallation of the all suite helped. (BTW I have another installation on the same WIN7 platform

    with the strange looking Motorware window - the problem similar to:

    https://e2e.ti.com/support/microcontrollers/c2000/f/902/t/587245

    but the example describes issue releted to v.18 and v.17 discrepancy in my case both are v18!)

    At last I managed to put everything together.

    Having CCS and MotorWare, I decided to install aditionally controlSUITE

    Although there were some issues:

    It gave me extra examples for C2000 launchpad as well as tons of documentation.

    Basic, preliminary tests of Launchpad

    I think it was obvious at the very beginning,

    that I brought the Piccolo Launchpad to the forefront of my research.

    My first task was to familiarize with C2000 only.

    Following well descripted instruction I started the launchpad

    following driver installation:

    and enthusiastically run the demo:

    LED cheser worked nice! then I switch to mode 2 of the demo, ran the Putty terminal emulator to see amazing Ti screen and temperature readouts.

    The LED temperature changes signalization worked as well!

    Before next experiments and unit programming I wondered if I can prevent this lovely program. I found it in C2000ware demos. Thus my first C2000 programming exercise was to play a little with this demo program and download/ debug it.

    I had to lern a bit about philosophy of project importing to the CCS workspace.

    Verifying the communication:

    Encountering some minor issues as follow:

    or:

    My first attempt to import and biuld/ debug was totally failed

    Nevertheless after re-import it works perfect!

    I gained the new experience and I was ready for new challenges related to launchpad with boostpack programming.

    Before the work I decided to lern more. Among miriads of the documentation, manuals and forum discussion helped to understand these  issues

    I found the most valuable the video instructions: https://training.ti.com/c2000-instaspin-foc-motor-control-launchpad-and-boosterpack-6-part-series as well as instaspin_labs.pdf.

    I'm afraid that without the consultation with my Ti support guy, I would be lost among the heaps of materials and information. He guided me suggesting the proper path of experiments conduct and papers to read.

     

    I foud that indead: "It should therefore be noted that the normal automated process of copying a project to your workspace and then importing into Code Composer Studio are NOT recommended."

     

     

    I had to change default command file to F28027F.cmd

     

    Software review

    Despite of fact it costed me many time to dig through the documentation, manuals with demos and discussions on the Ti forum, using the support "boundled" to this roadtest I found the software quite convenient.

    The Suite provides even more to support comfortable programming Launchpad equiped with Boostpack.

    below I would like to share very interesting tool for project build optimization:

     

    You can do it manually (as shown above)

    or automatic - below:

     

    but sometimes optimisation advise is wrong:

    nevermind it's really good functionality!

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    Booster board demo projects review

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    As stated before, I wish there is paper referring 28027F/ 8301  simmilar to this one:

    GUI Quick Start Guide: InstaSPIN_FOC_F2806xM

    Of course I know: Qsg_gui_universal.pdf but as written it is "universal" and there are still some doubts before switching on the power.

    I hope every 28027F/ 8301 begginer  could understand my hesitations...

    OK stop complaining lets review the results of my attempts:

     

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    When starting in CCS:

    the two flags have been set to 1(one)

    Start in GUI

     

    After successful motor identification:

     

     

    As usual when programming sometimes error occured:

    But the suite is perfect tool for error correction debugging etc.

    You can't feel lost thanks to supporting Ti forum - I found answer for most my questions using archive posts. But I belive, that even the new issue will be answered soon by kind members of Ti forum society!

     

    My project

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    Here ist the time to emhasize the very importat and convienent toll: BoosterPack Checker  https://dev.ti.com/bpchecker/#/

    It was suggested by my Ti "teacher" and helped well!

     

    Final tests of  the quality/ immunity

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    Conclusions

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