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Altair for Electronic System Design (ESD)

Electronic system design (ESD) is having a greater influence on almost every type of product requiring new simulation tools to help achieve electronic, electrical, mechanical, thermal, and connectivity goals. Altair’s simulation-driven design tools enable your team of specialized engineers to collaborate across all aspects of printed circuit board development from concept to manufacturing. Our products streamline your process, eliminate design iterations, and reduce time-to-market.

Brochures

The Future of Smart Devices

Pete Darnell, Vice President, Software Development at Altair discusses why embedded development tools must track the ever-increasing complexity and feature set of microcontrollers as well as demands from new markets like the Cloud based “Internet of Things”. He looks at trends in the microcontroller space and discusses how block diagram model-based development tools can be used to abstract these changes to ease firmware development. He also looks at the thing side of IoT and the challenges of power management to extend battery life and what it will take to provide secure over-the-air firmware updates. The recording is about 19 minutes long, and was presented at the 2020 Global Altair Technology conference.

Global ATC 2020

Human Plus Machine: How Sarcos is Revolutionizing the Future of Work with Industrial Robotics

With the prospect of increasing labor shortages among a wide variety of industries, combined with the significant costs of occupational injuries and the ever-increasing pressure to increase productivity, leading robotics company, Sarcos is in a unique position to deploy industrial robotics designed to increase productivity while eliminating injuries, by augmenting rather than replacing human workers. Chris Beaufait, COO of Sarcos, discusses the current robotics landscape, why automation is not the right solution to the problems industries are facing, how Sarcos and its product lineup - including the full body, fully powered Guardian XO exoskeleton - will play a critical role in defining the workforce of tomorrow, and his vision for the robotics industry over the next five to 10 years.

Conference Presentations

Physics-based Cell and Pack Models for System Simulation

Sendyne, part of the Altair Partner Alliance, provides a virtual, physics-based battery model called CellMod Virtual Battery for real-time co-simulation for individual cells and packs. This presentation provides a brief overview of the battery model and benefits as well as an example of system simulation using Altair Activate using the Functional Mock-up Interface standard for co-simulation.

Conference Presentations

System Modelling for Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles (EV) are complex systems and need to be connected, automated, lighter & smarter all at once. This calls for systems engineering where different systems are seen whole instead of in silos. Experience e-Mobility Simulation using Altair Model-Based System simulation solutions with real-time motor controller implementation on HIL (Hardware in the loop) with the micro-controller. Its intuitive block diagram environment allows users to model and simulate continuous and discrete dynamical systems, mix signal-based, physical modeling and Co-simulation with electro-magnetic & multi-body dynamics. End to end system-level virtual simulation for complete e-Mobility is made possible.

Webinars

Sensorless AC Motor Control

Webinar from Prof. Dr. D.W.J. Pulle

Webinars

The Wahoo KICKR Bike: Designing a Ride Experience that Blurs the Line Between Virtual and Reality

As more products enter the market that simulate real world experiences, consumers' expectations are rapidly increasing. To meet these rising expectations the hardware and controls required are becoming more complex while maintaining time to market and cost. To achieve this, efficiencies are required in the control’s development and hardware tools chains. Wahoo Fitness and Altair collaborated to create the new Wahoo KICKR Bike utilizing a Model-Based Design approach to controls development combined with a simulation driven design process to meet the high expectations of the bike trainer community.

Conference Presentations

Altair Embed Digital Power Intro

Introduction playlist to Altair Embed digital power

Training Materials, Tutorials

Buck Converter Series

Playlist on Buck Converters with Altair Embed

Training Materials, Tutorials

PMSM Series

Altair Embed playlist-PMSM

Training Materials, Tutorials

Controlling LED's Playlist

Playlist on controlling LED's with Altair Embed

Training Materials, Tutorials

Embed Plot Blocks Series

Playlist on Plot Blocks with Embed

Training Materials, Tutorials

Delays, Counters, & Discrete Integrators Playlist

Playlist on delays, counters, & discrete integrator with Altair Embed

Training Materials, Tutorials

Fixed Point Series

Fixed point playlist with Altair Embed

Training Materials, Tutorials

Altair Embed Arduino Series

Embed playlist on Arduino

Training Materials, Tutorials

Embed Drone Control Series

Playlist on Altair Embed-Drone control

Training Materials, Tutorials

Altair Embed - Salient PM Motor Control Series

Playlist on Altair Embed Salient motor control

Training Materials, Tutorials

Altair Embed - Unit Delay, Pulse Counter, and Discrete Integrator

Use of the Unit Delay, modeling a pulse counter, and modeling a discrete backwards rectangular integrator.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Discrete Reset Integrator, Merge, & CrossDetect Blocks

Understanding the Merge and CrossDetect blocks, adding an Embed model to the Embed MenuBar, modeling a discrete reset integrator.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Fixed Point - Fundamentals Part 1

Description and use of fixed point blocksets, block properties, blockset configuration tool and displaying fixed point overflow messages and watermarks.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Fixed Point - Fundamentals Part 2

Application of fixed point autoscale feature and attributes of automatically generated fixed point C-code

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Fixed Point - Filters

Use of the transfer function block and filter design option to design, discretize and implement a second order low pass filter. Adjusting the discrete stepsize and fixed point format for acceptable performance are covered.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Controlling LEDs - Basics

Blink the red LED on a Texas Instruments F28069M LaunchPad board at 0.5Hz. The model is expanded to blink the red and blue LEDs alternately at 0.5 Hz and then at 10Hz.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Controlling LEDs - Frequency Controlled

Example of host-to-target communication to blink the red LED on the target Texas Instrument F28069M LaunchPad Development Kit using an Embed slider block.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Controlling LEDs - Frequency Controlled With "On Time" Measurement

Host-to/from-target communication to blink the red LED on the Target Texas Instrument F28069M LaunchPad Development Kit

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Compound Blocks - Basics

Create compound blocks to add levels to your model; navigate through your model; add/remove compound block connector pins; use compound block dialog constants and dialog windows; access and use built in variables

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Compound Blocks - Advanced

Discussion of two compound block features; Enabled Execution and Local Time Step. Additionally, the Local Time Step feature is applied to implement the block diagram equivalent of a "For" loop to iteratively solve a nonlinear implicit equation.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Oscilloscope Display Using Monitor Buffer

High speed data collection using the EMBED Monitor Buffer Read and Write blocks, using the plot block to display Monitor Buffer data, displaying the % CPU usage using the Target Interface Block, and controlling the Target update time.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Plot & Buffer Blocks

Creating vectors using the Embed “buffer” block, and configuring and using the “plot” block to display “buffer” data.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Digital Power Buck Converter Control

Voltage Mode Control

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Texas Instruments CCS Software Installation

Step by Step instructions to install the Texas Instruments Code Composer Studio and Uniflash software on your computer.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Furuta Inverted Pendulum Control

Apply the Model -Based Development process to the design, test, and HIL testing of a swing up and balance controller for the Furuta inverted rotary pendulum.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Add a Model to the Embed Menubar

A binary hysteresis model is developed and simulated. The model is added to the Embed Menubar under a new menu named MyModels.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Encoders

Configure and read a US Digital S4T 4 wire quadrature incremental encoder connected to a Texas Instrument F28069M LaunchPad board.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Digital Power - Simulation Blockset overview

Brief overview of the simulation blockset of the Digital Power Designer. In this video we look into and analyze a selection of bocks used for simulation (Compensators, PWM simulation, Voltage Mode Control simulation, Buck Converter).

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Digital Power - Coefficient Conversion

Select/tune the coefficients of a PID compensator. Users can calculate the digital coefficients from the analog component values or can tune the coefficients on the fly.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Digital Power - Model Based Frequency Response Analysis

Details of the new block of the Digital Power Designer which lets user do a frequency response analysis.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Digital Power - Code Generable

Simulate blocks of the Digital Power Designer which can be later used for code generation to download to a microcontroller. These blocks can be both simulated and used for code generation without any alterations.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Buck Converters - Simulation

Simulation of the control system in order to analyze the response of the buck converter in voltage mode control. The microcontroller peripherals which are needed are simulated using the peripheral simulation blocks of the Digital Power Designer.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Buck Converters - Compensator Coefficient Tuning

The buck converter is simulated with the coeffiecients of the compensator being the inputs. This gives us the opportunity to better tune the coefficients based on the response of the converter.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Buck Converters - Open Loop

We take the first step to control the actual converter. We run a hardware in the loop diagram in open loop.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Buck Converters - Closed Loop Model Design and Compilation

We look into the design of the model for closed loop control of the buck converter and look into the compilation of the model with just 3 clicks.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - Buck Converters - Closed Loop Debugging (HIL) and Flashing

Last part is running the closed loop control algorithm in hardware in the loop for validation. After validation we can revert to the design diagram and in just one step create a binary file that can be flashed to the controller.

Getting Started

Altair Embed - PMSM - Overview

Introduction of Prof. Duco Pulle and overview of the Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) lab examples

Getting Started

PMSM - Open Loop Voltage Control Simulation

Short introduction to the theory of open loop voltage control of a PMSM

Getting Started

PMSM - Open Loop Voltage Control HIL

Hardware Used: TI LaunchXL-F28069M, BoostXL-DRV8301, Teknic M2310

Getting Started

PMSM - Open Loop Current Control Simulation

Short introduction to the theory of open loop current control of a PMSM

Getting Started

Altair Embed - PMSM - Open Loop Current Control HIL

Hardware Used: TI LaunchXL-F28069M, BoostXL-DRV8301, Teknic M2310

Getting Started