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Precision Correction for Digital PWM

Precision Correction in Digital PWM Modulators – Free Webinar

Get the best digital PWM modulator performance.

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Tuesday October 1 at 12 noon PDT (3pm EDT)

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Digital Modulators have precision limits that arise from the limited timer clock rate of microprocessors and digital signal processors.  Possible effects on the control of the power converter includes

  • Poor steady state tracking
  • Limit cycle oscillation from slip-strike 
  • Reduced stability margins and possible instability
Get the best digital PWM modulator performance
Get the best digital PWM modulator performance

Get the best digital PWM modulator performance

In the webinar these topics are explained

  • Timer precision
  • PWM Quantization
  • Variable Period Oscillator Quantization
  • Precision extension as a solution to digital modulator issues
  • Designing the digital modulator

The webinar will explain how to get the best performance from your digital PWM for you converter designs. Take a look at our Power Control IP Blocks

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As always there will be 10 minutes of questions and answers after the webinar.

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Xilinx Alliance Program Re-Certification

ELMG Digital Power and the Xilinx Alliance Program

ELMG Digital Power and the Xilinx Alliance Program is an ongoing, valuable and extremely valuable partnership.

When asked about this ELMG Digital Power CTO,  Dr. Laird said

“Maintaining ELMG Digital Power’s commitment to providing exceptional service and products is our key uniqueness. To this end we are pleased to continue in the Xilinx Alliance Program membership.  We see great things happening with Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs and Zynq SoCs, UltraScale devices and the Spartan7.

It is great to see the capability of the Vivado Suite continue to allow exceptionally fast, reliable and robust development flows.  We are really pleased to continue with ELMG Digital Power’s Xilinx Alliance Program commitment and are please to be part of the Xilinx community.”

ELMG Digital Power and the Xilinx Alliance Program

Certification for ELMG Digital Power CTO, Dr Hamish Laird

Dr Laird continues

“For me this training let’s me stay capable and able to create Xilinx based power electronics controllers. Xilinx products are great and the support and capability we can provide to customers is amazing.”

Contact ELMGDigitalPower now.

ELMG Digital Power and the Xilinx Alliance Program

Xilinx Alliance Member ELMG Digital Power

Choosing you power electronics processor effectively in Digital Power Electronics Development – Free Webinar

Tuesday June 4 at 12 noon PDT (3pm EDT)

How do you choose your processor.

Your Digital Power Electronics Processor Choice power electronics processor is crucial to success in Digital Power. And the key to choosing in a way that doesn’t end up creating delays in the project delivery.

So what are the most important issues to consider

Processing latency

Delays in the digital processor add phase lag and so can make getting stable operation at reasonable target bandwidth. Estimating accurately the delay that is acceptable and possible with possible target processors ensures that the processor will not run out of time during the development.

How to manage the limited number of bits

The limited number of bits in a processor means that there is a trade off between precision and dynamic range. The natural instinct is often to have larger dynamic range and lower precision. Best practice is to choose the opposite. Joins us in the webinar to see why.

Timer resolution

Likewise timer precision limits the available resolution in PWM and variable frequency modulators.

ELMG Digital Power are offering you the opportunity to attend our regular webinar on Digital Power Electronics. The next webinar is

Tuesday June 4 at 12 noon PDT (3pm EDT)

This is an hour webinar on that details the accumulated ELMG Digital Power experience with processor choices for power electronics control

Join ELMG Digital Power’s regular monthly Digital Power Webinar and expand your Digital Power knowledge and expertise. 

The webinar will be hosted and presented by Dr. Hamish Laird  ELMG Digital Power’s CTO  Hamish has 25 years experience the design and implementation of varied digital control systems and IP for power electronics.

This exciting opportunity is free and includes a 15 minute Q&A session with Dr. Hamish.

Dr Hamish Laird

The webinar is scheduled for

Tuesday June 4 at 12 noon PDT (3pm EDT)

Click the link below to sign up for the webinar

http://info.elmgdigitalpower.com/choosing-your-digital-power-processor

ELMG Digital Power Pays it Forward with Red Cross

ELMG Digital Power are pleased to announce that the “Pay it Forward” charity for the coming year is the Red Cross.

The Red Cross

Each year ELMG Digital Power chooses to support one charitable organization in their efforts to help.  This year the Red Cross are the recipient.

ELMG Digital Power CTO Dr. Hamish Laird explains.

“During any disaster or humanitarian crisis the Red Cross can provide assistance, expertise and money to those in need.  The Red Cross is a great organization and we at ELMG Digital Power are really pleased to contribute to having the Red Cross be successful and helpful.  Their work around the world makes a significant difference. ”

 

Donate to the Red Cross

The Red Cross is a excellent charity to support.

Donate to the Red Cross USA click here.

Donate to the Red Cross New Zealand click here.

Donate to the International Committee of the Red Cross click here

 

Pay it Forward

The ELMG Digital Power “Pay it Forward” charity program supports one organization per year. Previously we have supported schools for teenage mothers.

In-house course digital power electronics

We recently ran our digital control course in-house for a power electronics company.

Great group of guys and this is what they said.

“Everybody enjoyed the course, and it’s given us a lot of food for thought!”

Why choose in-house course digital power electronics training?

  1. Keep know-how in-house.
  2. Minimal disruption to your team.
  3. Everyone gets the same exposure.
  4. It’s team building.
  5. In house means no travel and travel can be hard to get approved.
  6. Have the teacher all to yourself.
  7. Great value when you add it all up.
  8. Emphasis on material specifically for you.

When can we have it?

Send us an e-mail and we’ll work a time out.

Is it the same as the publicly available course?

Yes – we use

  • #Teledyne #Lecroy scopes
  • AP 300 analysers
  • Boost coverters
  • Fyfe digital power platforms

It’s run by the same team

We also do the same workshop practical experiments to reinforce the learning.

Can you tell us who had the recent in-house course?

No. It is covered by an NDA so we won’t disclose which company it was.

 

Equivalent bits – a question from LinkedIn Group

“I was looking through ELMG’s tutorial “Three Key Issues to Watch out for in the Digital Control of Power Electronics” (https://www.elmgdigitalpower.com/power-electronics-digital-control-free-report-on-three-key-issues/) and am having some trouble understanding the relationship between frequency, register size, and equivalent bits.

An example given in the “2. Timer Precision” section of the document reads:

‘Consider the case where the timer clock runs at 40MHz. If the variable period oscillator register has 256 bits then the maximum frequency that the VPO can make is 10MHz and the minimum is 39.0625kHz. The example LLC resonant power converter needs a variable frequency of 500kHz to 210kHz to perform the control. This means the VPO count register has a usable range from 80 to 191. This is 111 counts which is 6.8 equivalent bits or almost seven bits.”

Equivalent bits are a great way to look at numeric precision.

Come join the discussion to see how equivalent bits is calculated.  https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6677852/6677852-6242781250545942530