Title
FPGA for high precision length measurement using standard PCs
Increase in performance and flexibility using FPGA technology to control coupling sensors
Technologies used

    Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    332 Instruments and appliances for measuring, checking, testing etc.
    30 Computers and other information processing equipment
Abstract

MFP Meßtechnik und Fertigungstechnologie GmbH develops produces and sells hardware and software for data transmission by fieldbus and length measurement. Products are sold to OEM customers and to automotive and automation industry.
In 1992 MFP developed a patented PC card IT40PC for length measurement by PC, using common inductive sensors and standard components. The patented technique replaces a large number of common analogue circuits with discrete digital components, mostly counters. Primary objective of the project was to create a new generation of the PC measuring card in order to improve it’s competitiveness. A problem of the original design have been the high number of discrete components. Therefore the goal was set to integrate as many of these digital discrete components as possible in a FPGA and to improve performance of the measuring system by improving resolution and speed. Secondary objective was to acquire FPGA expertise at MFP for improvement of other products such as field bus components for data transmission in industry and petrol stations. It will allow MFP to improve performance and reduce costs of all these components.
The project proved these assumptions to be true and helped to overcome the barriers to introduce the FPGA technology. The total costs of the experiment were 68.000 ECU. The duration was 8 months. The pay-back-period is less than 2 years. With an expected product life-time of 5 years the return on investment will be around 300 - 400%.

Company

    MFP Meßtechnik und Fertigungstechnologie GmbH
    Theodor-Storm-Str. 3/3a
    D-31515 Wunstorf
    Germany


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