National Instruments expert Brian MacCleery, Principal Product Manager for Clean Energy Technology, discusses its General Purpose Inverter Controller (GPIC), digital energy revolution and how energy is moving from analog to digital, and the possibility for engineers to develop more energy-efficient systems.
NI’s Single-Board RIO GPIC has been selected by the SmartPower Stack Consortium, as the integrated control system for a new 100 kW intelligent power stack module. The NI GPIC features Xilinx field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology with 58 integrated DSP cores to deliver 40 times higher performance per dollar than traditional DSP-based control systems. It also includes comprehensive NI LabVIEW system design software.
The SmartPower Stack consists of SBE high-performance wound film capacitors; insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs); IGBT gate drives; bus bar power distribution, thermal management, and ISO 9001 manufacturing assembly and test capabilities.