Microsemi Enhances its Deterministic Multi-Axis Motor Control Solution to Expand Market Applications

New Features Support Application Development Using SoC FPGA, Encoder, Hall Sensor, CAN Bus and Induction Motors

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., June 29, 2016 — (PRNewswire) — Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced enhancements to its SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based deterministic multi-axis motor control solution, expanding its features to support applications using encoder, Hall sensor, controller area network (CAN) bus and induction motors. Microsemi's motor control solution is a comprehensive development environment comprising of a fully-modular intellectual property (IP) suite, hardware kit and graphical user interface (GUI) for simplified development and debugging of the design.

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The motor control solution's modular IP suite is optimized for SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs, and can be easily reused and ported across designs using Microsemi's Libero® SoC Design Suite. Libero offers high productivity with its comprehensive, easy to learn, easy to adopt development tools for designing with Microsemi's power efficient flash FPGAs and SoC FPGAs. The suite integrates industry standard Synplify Pro and Modelsim with best-in-class constraints management, debug capabilities and secure production programming support enabling users to target broad-based applications within the industrial, medical, automotive, defense and aviation markets.

"Our FPGA-based motor control solution offers many advantages over traditional digital signal processor (DSP) and microcontroller (MCU)-based solutions, as our device features deterministic response, better performance with multiple motor control, as well as the ability to integrate multiple functions and offer scalability," said Prem Arora, director of marketing for Microsemi. "This high performance device can also support multiple industrial communication protocols, which are quintessential to modern drives and industrial control systems."

The new features of the solution enable Microsemi to support various motor types and control algorithms while providing unique offerings over competitors, such as reliability, security and low power. Its enhancements enable precise alignment and speed control (position and motion sensing) and are ideal for a number of target applications including industrial/factory automation, robotic arms, 3-D printers, automotive, as well as portable medical equipment. Microsemi's FPGA-based deterministic motor control solution is complemented by the family of sensor interface integrated circuits (ICs) based upon inductive sensing technology, including the LX3301A and the LX3302.

"The industrial and factory automation and process control market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4 percent from 2015 to 2020," said Les Santiago, research director for wireless and IoT semiconductors, at market research firm IDC. "Key trends driving this growth are automated factories, intelligent motion control, advances in industrial communication and wireless sensor networks."

With high motor performance of 100K revolutions per minute (RPM), Microsemi's newly enhanced solution is differentiated by its accurate rotor position and speed, providing precise algorithms for angle estimation in sensor less field-oriented control (FOC) applications, as well as precise torque output. In addition, source code is now available in Verilog, along with VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL).

Additional key features include:

  • Support for key motor control algorithms, including BLDC, stepper motor and induction motor
  • Motor control algorithms implemented in an FPGA fabric
  • Scalability to a multi-axis motor drive design
  • Design flexibility with modular IP suite
  • Integration of system functions to lower total cost of ownership (TCO)

"Our customers are asking us for a high level of functional integration and miniaturization," said Jonas P. Proeger, marketing director, Trinamic Motion Control. "The SmartFusion2 series is our platform to fulfill this demand and integrate bus building blocks like our EtherCAT slave controller together with protocol stacks and single or multi-axis motor control—all in one compact and powerful device."

Product Availability
Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA-based deterministic multi-axis motor control solution is available now. For more information, visit http://www.microsemi.com/applications/motor-control#ip-suite and http://www.microsemi.com/applications/motor-control#solutions, or contact Email Contact.

About Microsemi's IGLOO2 FPGAs and SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs
Microsemi's IGLOO2 FPGAs and SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs deliver more resources in low density devices, with the lowest power, proven security and exceptional reliability. The devices offer 30-50 percent more power efficiency and are ideal for general purpose functions such as Gigabit Ethernet or dual PCI Express control planes, bridging functions, input/output (I/O) expansion and conversion, video/image processing, system management and secure connectivity. Microsemi FPGAs and SoC FPGAs are used by customers in in communications, industrial, medical, defense and aviation markets. PCIe Gen 2 connectivity starts at just 10K logic elements (LEs). SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs offer a 166MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processor with up to 512KB of embedded flash and a complete peripheral set. IGLOO2 FPGAs offer a high performance memory subsystem with up to 512KB embedded flash, 2 x 32 KB embedded static random-access memory (SRAM), two direct memory access (DMA) engines and two double date rate (DDR) controllers. Microsemi also offers a broad range of military, automotive and space grade FPGAs and SoC FPGAs. For more information visit: http://www.microsemi.com/products/fpga-soc/soc-fpga/smartfusion2 and http://www.microsemi.com/products/fpga-soc/fpga/igloo2-fpga.

About Microsemi's Industrial and Industrial IoT Solutions Portfolio
Microsemi is a provider of industrial and industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, products and services for applications such as automation, smart energy, communications, transportation and surveillance, including secure, reliable and low power field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs, industrial Ethernet switches and PHYs, PoE integrated circuits (ICs) and midspans, 1588 precision timing and synchronization devices, comprehensive drivers and interfaces ICs including sensor interface devices, power discretes such as Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFET and power modules, state-of-the-art audio processing solutions, and its Security Center of Excellence providing security services, software and IP including WhiteboxCRYPTO™ solutions. For more information about Microsemi's complementary product portfolio for industrial applications, visit http://www.microsemi.com/applications/industrial. For more information on Microsemi's security products and technologies, visit http://www.microsemi.com/applications/security, and for more information on Microsemi's product directory, visit http://www.microsemi.com/products/.

About Microsemi
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace & defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 4,800 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.

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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Any statements set forth in this news release that are not entirely historical and factual in nature, including without limitation statements related to the enhancements to its SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA)-based deterministic multi-axis motor control solution, expanding its features to support applications using encoder, Hall sensor, controller area network (CAN) bus and induction motors, and its potential effects on future business, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as rapidly changing technology and product obsolescence, potential cost increases, variations in customer order preferences, weakness or competitive pricing environment of the marketplace, uncertain demand for and acceptance of the company's products, adverse circumstances in any of our end markets, results of in-process or planned development or marketing and promotional campaigns, difficulties foreseeing future demand, potential non-realization of expected orders or non-realization of backlog, product returns, product liability, and other potential unexpected business and economic conditions or adverse changes in current or expected industry conditions, difficulties and costs of protecting patents and other proprietary rights, inventory obsolescence and difficulties regarding customer qualification of products. In addition to these factors and any other factors mentioned elsewhere in this news release, the reader should refer as well to the factors, uncertainties or risks identified in the company's most recent Form 10-K and all subsequent Form 10-Q reports filed by Microsemi with the SEC. Additional risk factors may be identified from time to time in Microsemi's future filings. The forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and Microsemi does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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