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Here is our recommendation for developing with InstaSPIN
Assuming you have already used the InstaSPIN website, the InstaSPIN simulation, and read through the Technical Reference Manuals (links on website)
to convince yourself that InstaSPIN-FOC and/or -MOTION are the right solution for you...
Evaluate the MotorWare projects and start learning about the software architecture, code structure, and API interface
After evaluation and initial software development, prepare your own hardware
Wow, it really did a number to my bullets and numbering. It looked fine when I hit submit...sorry about that.
I'm planning to buy DRV8301-LS31_KIT, which you didn't mention above. Could the InstaSPIN - FOC and/or -MOTION be applied on this kit then? Also follow the same information you provided above?
DRV8301-LS31 uses Hercules TMS570 MCU while the DRV8301-69N uses Piccolo F28035. Is this the only difference between two kits?
Thank you for patience.
In reply to Yu Zou:
Yu, InstaSPIN-FOC and InstaSPIN-MOTION are only avaialble to run on specific C2000 Piccolo devices. Both solutions require special algorithms to be embedded in ROM.
The TMS570 solutions do use a version of MotorWare, so the general APIs and code structure is somewhat similar, but that's where the similarities end.
Please get support for the Hercules kits from the Hercules e2e forum.
In reply to ChrisClearman:
This is what I think as well... Thanks, Chris.
If I buy DRV3801-LS31, could I later replace the TMS570 controlCARD by Piccolo F28069M controlCARD (http://www.ti.com/tool/tmdscncd28069miso)?? Because I'd like to play with both two controlCARDs with InstaSPIN.
Yes, the DRV8301 EVM is the same used for both solutions, the Rev D.
If you purchase the TMDSCNCD28069MISO you will also want to download
www.ti.com/too/motorkitscncd69miso for the GUIs
and www.ti.com/tool/motorware for all of the embedded software, User's Guides, etc.
Thank you very much and really helpful!
Btw, your link for gui (www.ti.com/too/motorkitscncd69miso) does not work...
typo, this works
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I recommend signing up for at least Motor Drive & Control and C2000
And then update your email newsletter subscriptions. I would sign up for the MCU and Motor Control & Drive at a minimum.
In reply to Chris Clearman:
I'm working on DRV8301-LS31 fine now and also bought TMDSCNCD28069MISO, as you told me last time. Now, I would like to replace the TMS570 ControlCARD by 28069 ControlCARD.
My question this time is about software installation: Do I need to completely remove the Hercules tools (MotorWare, etc.) first?
Could I just install GUIs and Motorware for 28069 in a different folder, w/o uninstalling those used for tmd570??
You are ok to install the F28069 MotorWare on your PC from www.ti.com/tool/motorware
it will install to
which is different from Hercules.
For the GUI, if you install the InstaSPIN-FOC and -MOTION gui from http://www.ti.com/tool/motorkitscncd69miso
it will install a newer version of the GUI Composer Runtime then what you used for the Hercules, so the Hercules GUIs will no longer function correctly. It's a pain that there is not forward compatability with the GUI runtime....sorry about that. You can always re-install the Hercules GUIs again if you need them. In fact, you may be able to change the default location to install into ti\guicomposer_old\ and see if you can run concurrently.
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