Toshiba has expanded its cooperation with MikroElektronika (MIKROE) to enable its customers to utilize a new evaluation platform.
The MIKROE Clicker 4 development board for Toshiba’s M4K MCU combined with the Clicker 4 Inverter Shield is a simple to use and cost-effective solution for experimenting with BLDC motor control scenarios.
The Clicker 4 for TMPM4K has an on-board debugger – avoiding the need for an external debugger. It includes four mikroBUS™ sockets for the connection of a wide range of different MIKROE Click boards™, enabling further functionality to be added.
There are also extension connectors, JTAG/SWD debug ports, LED indicators and push-buttons. This board is accompanied by the Clicker 4 Inverter Shield, which features six MOSFETs for motor driving, a switching power supply that is used to regulate the motor supply voltage of up to 48V, with a 5V regulated power source, which can be used to power the external controller board.
Its flexible interfacing allows positioning feedback to be obtained from Hall sensors and incremental encoders. Over-current protection has been incorporated for assured reliability.
The M4K MCUs are already widely used throughout the industry, proving popular in next-generation motor control implementations. These devices each rely on an Arm® Cortex®-M4 processor core with a floating-point unit (FPU) and have memory protection units (MPUs) too.
They can deliver 160MHz operation and have advanced-programmable motor driver (A-PMD) functionality, along with advanced vector engine plus (A-VE+) capabilities for vector control purposes. Their memory resources comprise 256kBytes of code flash, as well as 32kBytes of data flash.
The Clicker 4 for TMPM4K and the Clicker 4 Inverter Shield are supported by the MCU Motor Studio software available through the Toshiba website.
It is a simple, well-structured, and versatile software featuring two main components: a Motor Control PC Tool that allows parameter configuration, drive control, and real-time logging and diagnostics via high-speed UART as well as the scalable, fully configurable Motor Control Firmware for the M4K MCU.