Switzerland-based ABB develops technologies that enable utility companies in more than 100 countries to improve performance while reducing environmental impact. ABB’s Power Electronics group recently launched the AC 800PEC, a high-end power electronic controller for power converters. Combining a powerful CPU with a large FPGA, the AC 800PEC controls high-power rectifiers, frequency converters for microturbines, wind turbines, traction drives, battery energy storage systems, and other power electronic applications.
ABB improved productivity by optimizing their control software development process using MathWorks tools to design and automatically generate code for the control software in the AC 800PEC controller.
“MathWorks products considerably reduced development time for application software for the new controller,” says Fritz Wittwer, head of system development, R&D power electronics at ABB. “These economies of time have resulted in significantly lower costs and time to market.”