BoomBox

The Boombox is an industrial-grade and high-performance Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) platform tailored for engineers involved with the control design of innovative power electronic systems. It helps them to speed up their developments, while guaranteeing a safe and sound control implementation.

BOOMBOX RCP

CONTROL PLATFORM

The ultimate control system for research

  • – USB stick interface
  • – Multifunction button
  • – Mixed-mode inputs
  • – Web-based monitor
  • – 4 analog outputs
  • – 16 optical outputs
  • – Low-noise cooling fans
  • – Processor direct interface
  • – IO extension port
  • – 110-230V AV power
  • – Interlock
  • – PC host interface
your price

CHF8'900.00


1+ CHF 8'900.00
2+ CHF 8'294.80
3+ CHF 7'938.80
4+ CHF 7'698.50
5+ CHF 7'502.70

BOOMBOX RCP

CONTROL PLATFORM

The ultimate control system for research

1 – USB stick interface
2 – Multifunction button
3 – Mixed-mode inputs
4 – Web-based monitor
5 – 4 analog outputs
6 – 16 optical outputs
7 – Low-noise cooling fans
8 – Processor direct interface
9 – IO extension port
10 – 110-230V AV power
11 – Interlock
12 – PC host interface

BoomBox

The Boombox is an industrial-grade and high-performance Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) platform tailored for engineers involved with the control design of innovative power electronic systems. It helps them speed up their developments, while guaranteeing a safe and sound control implementation.

your price

CHF8'900.00


1+ CHF 8'900.00
2+ CHF 8'294.80
3+ CHF 7'938.80
4+ CHF 7'698.50
5+ CHF 7'502.70

HIGH PERFORMANCE FRONTEND

Unlike many rapid control prototyping systems, the BoomBox embeds a highly configurable analog frontend. This obviates the need to repeatedly develop signal conditioning interfaces for every project and enables instant swapping between multiple users.

Each of the 16 available input channels features:

  • 3kOhm full-differential voltage input or 100Ohm single-ended current-type input.
  • Programmable safety thresholds.
  • Programmable gain amplifier and low-pass filter

SOFTWARE-INDEPENDENT SAFETY MECHANISMS

The BoomBox is able to block the power switches in case of inappropriate operation, independently from the execution of the control software. As soon as an overvoltage or overcurrent is detected, all gating signals are instantaneously deactivated. Additionally, the source of the fault is clearly indicated, allowing for an easy back-tracing of the fault.

The BoomBox is also self-protected against inappropriate operating conditions such as loss of realtime (excessive computational burden) or critical algorithmic errors.

HIGH PERFORMANCE FRONTEND

Unlike many rapid control prototyping systems, the BoomBox embeds a highly configurable analog frontend. This obviates the need to repeatedly develop signal conditioning interfaces for every project and enables instant swapping capability between multiple users.

Each of the 16 available input channels features:

  • 3kOhm full-differential input or 100Ohm asymetric current-type input.
  • Programmable safety thresholds.
  • Programmable gain amplifier and low-pass filter

SOFTWARE-INDEPENDENT SAFETY MECHANISMS

The BoomBox is able to block the power switches in case of inappropriate operation, independently from the execution of the control software. As soon as an overvoltage or overcurrent is detected, all gating signals are instantaneously deactivated. Additionally, the source of the fault is clearly indicated, allowing for an easy back-tracing of the fault.

The BoomBox is also self-protected against inappropriate operating conditions such as loss of realtime (excessive computational burden) or critical algorithmic errors.

FLEXIBLE AND MODULAR DESIGN

Modular power converters are receiving an increasing interest, inducing new requirements for their control. Versatility and scalability are becoming key concepts. Unfortunately, existing controllers are barely capable of reproducing the same degree of modularity and flexibility as power circuits. 

The BoomBox solves these challenges by proposing easy means to combine elementary units, in order to boost their I/Os and data processing capabilities. Several BoomBoxes can be stacked in order to adjust to various applications.

Three different kinds of combined operation can be set up:

IO Extension mode

With this mode, up to five slave BoomBoxes can be connected to one master BoomBox using the IO extension port, offering up to 96 fiber outputs and 96 analog inputs.

Parallel mode

Using the CAN protocol to communicate between numerous BoomBoxes, multiple controllers can be coordinated for complex applications.

Mixed mode

Both types of modularity can be combined to increase the IO count and computing power of the system. Hence, practically limitless control systems become possible.

FLEXIBLE AND MODULAR DESIGN

Modular power converters are receiving an increasing interest, inducing new requirements for their control. Versatility and scalability are becoming key concepts. Unfortunately, existing controllers are barely capable of reproducing the same degree of modularity and flexibility as power circuits can offer. Extensive or strongly hierarchized control structures are still difficult to implement for non-experts.

The BoomBox solves these challenges by proposing easy means to combine elementary units in order to boost their I/Os and data processing capabilities. Several BoomBoxes can be stacked in order to best adjust to various applications. Three different kinds of combined operation can be set up:

IO Extension mode

With this mode, up to five slave BoomBoxes can be connected to one master BoomBox using the IO extension port, offering up to 96 fiber outputs and 96 analog inputs.

Parallel mode

Using the CAN protocol to communicate between numerous BoomBoxes, multiple controllers that are coordinated for complex applications.

Mixed mode

Both types of modularity can be combined to increase the IO count and computing power of the system. Hence, practically limitless control systems become possible.

TAILOR-MADE KERNEL

The BoomBox embeds an ultra-light and strongly layered operating system dedicated to power electronics. This kernel simultaneously combines a high level of safety and a very simple use for the user.

More importantly, thanks to the combination of its kernel and FPGA-based peripherals, the BoomBox is hardware-independant. In other words, the system architecture has been designed to circumvent the low cycle lifetime of electronic components. The BoomBox is designed to last, guaranteeing a continuous portability and re-usablility of the user’s control code over evolving hardware and over time.

PRE-WRITTEN SOFTWARE LIBRARIES

Generally, rapid prototyping systems do not fully reach their expected level of performance, partly due to the relatively poor quality of the self-generated executable codes.
Conversely, with the BoomBox control platform, the user is purposely involved in the programming procedure, but is also provided with a complete set of fully tested software control libraries. A basic project template and several examples are provided as well.

In such a way, the usual unattractiveness of C/C++ coding is compensated by very easy-to-use software libraries and the little additional programming effort is largely compensated by significantly better real-time performances.

Finally, numerous code examples and tutorials are directly available on imperix’s website in order to guide the user as much as possible in the development of control applications.

TAILOR-MADE KERNEL

The BoomBox embeds an ultra-light and strongly layered operating system dedicated to power electronics. This kernel simultaneously combines a high level of safety and a very simple use for the user.

More importantly, thanks to the combination of its kernel and FPGA-based peripherals, the BoomBox is hardware-independant. In other words, the system architecture has been designed to circumvent the low cycle lifetime of electronic components. The BoomBox is designed to last, guaranteeing a continuous portability and re-usablility of the user’s control code over evolving hardware and over time.

PRE-WRITTEN SOFTWARE LIBRARIES

Generally, rapid prototyping systems do not fully reach their expected level of performance, partly due to the relatively poor quality of the self-generated executable codes.
Conversely, with the BoomBox control platform, the user is purposely involved the in programming procedure, but is also provided with a complete set of fully tested software control libraries. A basic project template and several examples are provided as well.

In such a way, the usual unattractiveness of C/C++ coding is compensated by very easy-to-use software libraries and the little additional programming effort is largely compensated by significantly better real-time performances.

Finally, numerous code examples and tutorials are directly available on imperix’s website in order to guide the user as much as possible in the development of control applications.

NUMEROUS ACCESSORIES

The development of power electronic systems can be made even faster and easier by using the numerous accessories and side products that are ideally suited to operate with the BoomBox. Among them, imperix provides various kind of power electronic building blocks, the Power Trench boards, as well as other kind of accessories, such as sensors.

Swiss made

The BoomBox control platform is designed, manufactured and assembled in Switzerland. In addition, the use of high-performance analog and digital components allows imperix to exclusively rely on high reliability and quality constitutive elements.