TI C2000 InstaSPIN™-FOC LaunchPad w/ Motor Driver - Review

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RoadTest: TI C2000 InstaSPIN™-FOC LaunchPad w/ Motor Driver

Author: Anonymous-237891

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Evaluation Type: Evaluation Boards

Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True

What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?:

What were the biggest problems encountered?: Nothing yet apart finding a suitable motor. The example code for the Piccolo board was just fine, but it is missing examples for the expansion board. Sad.

Detailed Review:

Unpacking and first impressions


My package arrived a bit late, I hope I won't be banished from road test just because of some delay in shipment.

Anyway I was super happy to crack the thing open, but I got disappointed when I realized this kit doesn't include a blcd motor.

I'm not involved in quadcopter making and this sort of things so I don't have any of those laying around.


The box came with everything need to get started (apart from the motor image) but the usb came with it so, I'll call it a "nice touch".



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Installing the software


The software needed to code the board is all free and UNLIMITED that's really nice from ti (big thumbs up).

The two software need are:

CCS(code composer studio): http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Download_CCS

ControlSuite: controlSUITE - CONTROLSUITE - TI Software Folder


After install CCS should look like that

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And ControlSuite like this

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The drivers (thanks god) got installed with CCS but to make sure they work as intended, I just double check my computer/manage/devices.

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(Yes sorry my Windows is configured in French)



Playing with the demo application


As explained in the quick start guide (http://www.ti.com/lit/ml/sprz413/sprz413.pdf) you can run the two demo allready programmed on the board.

The first is the very mainstream blinky led application. But the second one is much more fun to play with, it does measure the internal temperature of the chip and the send it over serial.

To do this they recommend using Putty (PuTTY Download Page) wich i did. (with the following settings)

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And then You get the temp on a terminal (nothing fancy but still rewarding)

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The board also show you on 8 bit the delta temp measured with the starting temp of the microcontroller. Sorry for the blur on the picture my camera doesn't like those LED that much.

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Here I am again...

I haven't make anything turn yet but I am not giving up with this, I will someday.

 

For now I have learn how to download code onto the board, I am quite proud of this and I also experimented around with the board to get better with it.

 

Downloading the exemple code was not that hard.

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And the debugging tool was just fine.

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You have access to all needed register ect... Basic stuffs here.

I was quite disappointed though not to find any example code related to the expansion board, which is quite a shame because other expansion board are supported with example code and all the good stuffs.

But anyway the output of the terminal leaved a good impression of the board.

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I will finish the review once I get the motor to spin ... Hopefully I will make it to that point image

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  • Good review

     

    I am very interested in your assessment of the C2000.

    I have one, but have not yet had time to put it to the test.

    I was very interested in the expended PWM controls.

     

    DAB

  • So was I when I received the board.

    But the extension board wasn't that great at all at the end. It is a basic BRV controller really similar to the one used for stepper also made by ti.

     

    By extended PWM controls you mean ? I didn't noticed this board had such special features.

    I actually had to make for a class at school a Systick handler for servos in assembly language and it was a real pain so I try to deal as little as possible with PWM but I will sure read your review and take inspiration from it to learn new stuffs.

     

    Thanks for the rating I really appreciate it. It makes me want to dive in again a continue the review. Hopefully I will get the software to work again image (fingers crossed)

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  • So was I when I received the board.

    But the extension board wasn't that great at all at the end. It is a basic BRV controller really similar to the one used for stepper also made by ti.

     

    By extended PWM controls you mean ? I didn't noticed this board had such special features.

    I actually had to make for a class at school a Systick handler for servos in assembly language and it was a real pain so I try to deal as little as possible with PWM but I will sure read your review and take inspiration from it to learn new stuffs.

     

    Thanks for the rating I really appreciate it. It makes me want to dive in again a continue the review. Hopefully I will get the software to work again image (fingers crossed)

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