Blog: Sine-Wave Commutation Techniques
Choosing the best form of motor control (ESC) for your drone
Griff Aviation + Agile
Griff and Agile are working together to raise the bar in UAV technology
SYNAPSE, Agile’s all-in-one ESC, has been designed for commercial and military multi-rotor UAV manufacturers who require more than just a traditional speed controller.
Synapse enables longer, safer drone flight.
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MORE TIME IN THE AIR

Tools

CONDITION-BASED MAINTENANCE

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SMARTER SYSTEM

= More Revenue for our Users.
Field oriented control (FOC). Sinusoidal commutation algorithms. Active braking. Why should you care? These features sound great, but what our customers really care about is 10% more time in the air, making for longer missions and/or increased payload.
= Reduced Costs.
Bearing replacement? A burned out motor? Maintaining an entire fleet of drones? Stop guessing. Synapse users can use detailed motor data to make smart decisions to optimize maintenance intervals.
= Accident Reduction.
Alert! Motor 1 has exceeded temp threshold. Abnormal vibration on Motor 2. Check bearing for wear or prop for damage. With access to this real-time data our customers can set in-flight parameters to land safely, avoiding a crash.
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“Agile has continued to gain ground in the UAV industry. Since Agile's start in Memorial University’s Engineering Faculty they have continued to push the limits of robotics technology and we are excited to see where they are headed next!”

Michelle Simms, CEO of The Genesis Centre

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I purchase Synapse?
Can I use Synapse in systems other than UAV/Drones?

Yes. Agile is currently evaluating the value of Synapse in applications outside of UAVs and drones. The team has received strong feedback for the system’s potential use in robotic arm and ground vehicle applications.

What is an Electronic Speed Controller or ESC?

An Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) is an essential component of modern multi-rotors, UAVs and RC vehicles that directs high frequency, high resolution 3-phase AC power to the system’s motors.

What is an FPGA?

A Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) is an integrated circuit (IC) designed to be configured by a designer after manufacturing. FPGAs have vastly wider potential than programmable read-only memory chips.

Is Agile hiring?

We’re always on the look-out for new members to join the team. Visit our careers page for more information.

What is Field Oriented Control (FOC) and why is it the right choice for my ESC?

Simple off-the-shelf ESCs use basic back EMF to control multi-phase motors. Field Oriented Control (FOC) is a sensor-less form of commutation that can be integrated into any UAV. Synapse, using its precise timing and analog digital converters, implements the advanced, vector-based FOC algorithm allowing more precise and efficient operation.

Outside of efficiency, another leading benefit of FOC is its smooth control. Vibration is minimized across all speeds, leading to a more durable mechanical system. FOC’s independent torque and speed control enables exceptionally fast acceleration and deceleration of motors. This improves UAV maneuverability and allows for rapid motor shut down and start up ensuring ultimate safety in any situation.

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