Altera published a white paper that explores an advanced motor drive or inverter application to illustrate how silicon convergence affects real-time design. The technical paper explains how FPGA and SoC devices speed silicon convergence. The latest advancement in SoC integrates an Altera FPGA with an ARM applications processor, plus a rich peripheral processor subsystem. The title of the Altera article is Real-Time Challenges and Opportunities in SoCs.
Real-Time Challenges and Opportunities in SoCs White Paper
This white paper explores an advanced motor drive or inverter application to illustrate how silicon convergence affects real-time design. Before the advent of highly-integrated solutions, each of the four major functions in the drive employed its own processor or DSP block, each with its own instruction set and development environment. For example, the motor control may employ a simple 32 bit processor. The networking interface may enlist its own 32 bit processor. Above all, safety features have top priority to ensure that system does not cause injury to itself or its operators.
Altera’s programmable technology-based SoCs offer a high-performance, deterministic, and versatile platform for the most stringent real-time applications. With Altera’s SoCs, processors, and tools, designers have the capability to partition real-time algorithms between hardware (LEs and DSP blocks) and software (ARM Cortex-A9 or Nios II processors) to best fit the target application’s performance, power, cost, and jitter requirements.
More info: Real-Time Challenges and Opportunities in SoCs White Paper (pdf)