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Job ID: JR0013762
Job Category: Intern/Student
Primary Location: High Wycombe, UK
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Job Type: Intern

Student intern: FPGA-based electric motor control

Job Description

Intel FPGA (formerly Altera) is looking for an outstanding engineer who would like to do an internship of 3-12 months in the area of embedded control. Intel FPGAs Field-programmable gate arrays are programmable logic chips that provide the ultimate flexibility in designing a processing chip, enabling a system-on-chip to be designed comprising I/O, parallel processing functions and traditional microprocessors.Intel FPGA has a motor control reference design, which is a kit including electric motors, power electronics, FPGA-based controller and all programming files. The reference design demonstrates how to use FPGAs for motor control and gives customers a starting point for creating their own FPGA-based designs. The standard reference design targets 3-phase synchronous motors, but customers may wish to target other motors including asynchronous 3-phase motors induction motors or stepper motors. The motor control hardware can drive these motors, but changes are needed to the controlling software and FPGA IP to apply different algorithms for these different motors.

The project would be to:

- Review the existing motor control reference design.

- Review previous student projects in the area of stepper and induction motor control.

- Propose how to adapt and apply this work to the latest motor control hardware

- Select suitable motors and connect them to the motor control hardware.

- Program the FPGA and processor with proposed algorithms.

- Test and demonstrate the motor control.

- Create documentation so that the designs could be released to customers as new reference designs.

This project will help students learn about advanced motor control and the elements of practical embedded control systems. The work will lead to demonstrations to other engineers and possibly to a new motor control reference design or published paper, depending on progress.Training in the motor control reference design and FPGA programming tools will be provided as necessary. The role is based in High Wycombe, 40 mins from central London and Oxford.

Key responsibilities:

- Develop ideas for next generation embedded control systems.

- Identify benefits of FPGAs for these systems.

- Develop demonstrations and documentation.


The applicant is working towards an MEng or higher in Electrical Engineering or equivalent, with excellent results. Interest in FPGAs, embedded control systems and functional safety. A good understanding of feedback control theory. Interest in system design in machines such as vehicles or robots. FPGA hardware design skills or willingness to learn Verilog or VHDL.

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