American Journal of Applied Sciences

Field Programmable Gate Array -Based System-on-Chip for Real-Time Power Process Control

Ahmed Karim Ben Salem, Slim Ben Othman and Slim Ben Saoud

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2010.127.139

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 7, Issue 1

Pages 127-139

Abstract

Problem Statement: Nowadays Real-Time (RT) embedded control applications require not just higher performance but more flexibility as well without increasing cost and resources. Approach: In this study we presented a promising co-design and implementation of control solution. We developed flexible solution using software control algorithms coupled with an embedded RT kernel on powerful embedded processor cores, combined with reconfigurable logic and dedicated resources on the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). Various architectures were compared and contrasted in terms of speed and FPGA area. Results: This fully integrated RT control system in a System-on-Chip (SoC) was applied to electric motors drive in order to enhance both flexibility and performance. Experimental results showed the feasibility and the efficiency of the approach; they demonstrate the capacity of implementing, in high-level coding, high speed and more complex control algorithms with RT constraints. Conclusions/Recommendations: Programmable SoC enabled flexible control system design. This solution can be readily applied to any control algorithm with minor hardware or software adapting to specific application requirements.

Copyright

© 2010 Ahmed Karim Ben Salem, Slim Ben Othman and Slim Ben Saoud. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.