Drives and robotics motion control kit for Renesas RZ/T1 MCUs

June 15, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Renesas has a reference design for high-performance, real-time motion control applications equipped with the Renesas RZ/T1 microprocessor (MPU): the dual-core servo drive MPU includes a 600MHz real-time CPU and the R-IN engine with real-time network connectivity

The RZ/T1 motion control solution kit is a complete hardware/software solution for the RZ/T1 MPU, with 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 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 around 30 minutes after they unpack the solution kit.


Setting up the timing to close the current and positon control loops can be 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 users to quickly evaluate the performance of the chip, with a claimed reduction in development time of three to four months.


The 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.


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