Tech Webinar Recap: FREEDM Tech Webinar: FPGA Implementation for Rapid Prototyping of High-Performance Voltage Source Inverters

June 29, 2021

Presented by Yukun Luo, Ph.D. & NC State University Doctoral Graduate

FPGA is a powerful platform that can play an essential role in the high-performance digital control of power electronics systems. However, the FPGA system’s design is quite different from that of a traditional microprocessor or a digital signal processor (DSP). Instead of sequential programming using high-level languages, such as C/C++, FPGA controller implementation requires a hardware description language (HDL) such as Verilog and VHDL, which requires extensive verification and optimization during the design process. This seminar discussed a systematic FPGA design methodology with optimum resource utilization for rapid prototyping of high-performance power electronics applications to facilitate the widespread adoption of FPGA technology in power electronics. Two specific example applications, i.e., an active power filter (APF) and a motor emulator (ME), with high control bandwidth are introduced to demonstrate the generalized features of the methodology.

This virtual event was recorded and is available on the NC State University ECE YouTube Channel.