SYNAPSE

Your UAV is superior. We can ensure its components are as well.

Developed for industrial and military UAVs, Synapse advances beyond traditional electronic speed controllers (ESCs) to offer flight data recording, real-time propulsion system feedback, faster response time, and the ability to increase flight time by up to 10%. All of this is packed into a single board hub, to help vehicle’s reach their maximum performance with a minimal footprint.

Synapse Motor Controller

10% MORE TIME IN THE AIR

Synapse keeps your UAV in the air longer, period. Our system incorporates efficient motor commutation algorithms and active braking to reduce power consumption by up to 10% per motor. This allows you to keep your vehicle in the air longer, fly farther, and unlock additional UAV capability.

Spencer Gore

"Impossible Aerospace is excited to partner with Agile and combine our technologies to offer unprecedented efficiency gains that will result in longer flight times for our customers."

Spencer Gore, CEO of Impossible Aerospace

Improved UAV Safety

IMPROVED SAFETY WITH REAL-TIME VEHICLE DIAGNOSTICS

A recent study by RMIT University investigated 150 drone incidents and identified technical failure as the cause of 64% of incidents.

Synapse allows you to take intelligent action to protect your UAV when issues arise with the propulsion system. Real-time diagnostics such as voltage, current and temperature offer the ability to set onboard performance thresholds and employ safe operating limits. Immediately, the system can relay alerts back to the autopilot, and if desired, can be programmed to take preventive actions without a pilot.

CONDITION-BASED UAV MAINTENANCE

We pride ourselves on being efficient, that’s why Synapse is designed to keep your vehicle in the air and out of the shop whenever possible. Equipped with a black box flight recorder, vital data is live streamed, time-stamped, and stored to a removable memory device that users can off-load after each flight. As a service provider, Synapse will allow you to keep track of each vehicle in your fleet so you can provide condition-based maintenance linked directly to your vehicle’s propulsion system usage. Thereby saving operators $1,000s annually in maintenance.

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Stable Flight

For vehicles that require high-performance, Synapse uses a powerful single-board design that can update up to 8 motors in parallel, at unprecedented rates of 20 kHz. Traditional ESCs communicate with motors at a sequential rate of only 50 Hz. This means Synapse can stabilize your vehicle 20,000 times per second (that’s 400x faster than existing ESCs!). This increased rate means your craft can fly as designed, rapidly stabilizing itself even in the harshest environments.

Reliability

Synapse’s single-board design brings your ESCs close to the flight controller, reducing cabling and allowing dependable communication during flight. The complete system is powered by rigorously tested Intel FPGA chips – increasing reliability and empowering your pilots with worry-free flight. Despite its compact form factor, Synapse competes with military grade products by integrating high-end components.

Autonomous Start

On-motor sensors eliminate start-up ‘dead zones’ for guaranteed motor launch reliability. As our sensor system does not require rotation to provide feedback, it allows for reliable and autonomous motor start-up.

STABILITY IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS

For vehicles that require high-performance, Synapse uses a powerful single-board design that can update up to 8 motors in parallel, at unprecedented rates of 20 kHz. Traditional ESCs communicate with motors at a sequential rate of only 50 Hz. This means Synapse can stabilize your vehicle 20,000 times per second (that’s 400x faster than existing ESCs!). This increased rate means your craft can fly as designed, rapidly stabilizing itself even in the harshest environments.

RELIABILITY

Synapse's single-board design brings your ESCs close to the flight controller, reducing cabling and allowing dependable communication during flight. The complete system is powered by rigorously tested Intel FPGA chips - increasing reliability and empowering your pilots with worry-free flight. Despite its compact form factor, Synapse competes with military grade products by integrating high-end components.

DEPENDABLE AUTONOMOUS START

On-motor sensors eliminate start-up ‘dead zones’ for guaranteed motor launch reliability. As our sensor system does not require rotation to provide feedback, it allows for reliable and autonomous motor start-up.

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“Improvements in drone flight safety will require more semiconductors and sensors. Managing these chips will require high-performance processors or dual processors” (© Gartner, Inc.)

MAXIMUM POWER,

AUTONOMOUS PROCESSING

Implementing Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) as the core of Agile’s motor controller offers an additional level of on-board processing. An FPGA’s parallel architecture is optimal for quickly processing data, especially when compared to traditional microcontrollers. This enables Synapse to combine low-level motor control with high-level on-board decision making. Analyzing on-board sensor data allows the vehicle to react autonomously for safer flight.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I purchase Synapse?

Get in touch with someone from Agile to learn more about purchasing Synapse.

What type of motors can be used with Synapse?

Any brushless-DC motor can be used with our system. Although our original focus has been in aerial vehicles, our motor controller can be applied in underwater or ground vehicles.

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 sets Synapse apart from a traditional ESC?

A traditional ESC serves only one primary function – to vary an electric motor’s speed. Synapse has been built with additional functionality that allows your UAV to take intelligent actions if issues arise.

Separate ESCs are required to control each motor on a UAV. This increases bulk and reduces flexibility of the system as ESCs traditionally require space on a UAV’s arm. Agile’s powerful system rests entirely on a single board in the centre of your UAV. This offers the opportunity for additional functional payloads to be built where traditional ESCs once sat.

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.

Does Synapse introduce single points of failure to my UAV?

Synapse will, in fact, reduce single points of failure throughout your system. Remote ESCs on each arm are eliminated with the integration of Synapse’s single board design. This integration replaces potentially unreliable cabling with high-performance board-to-board connections. This reduction of connection wiring, paired with Synapse’s military grade connectors and components, results in increased reliability over commercial off the shelf components.

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.

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