A high-performance processor for embedded real-time control

René Cumplido, Simon Jones, Roger M. Goodall, Stephen Bateman

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This brief reports on an algorithm and corresponding processor architecture for the construction of high-performance processors targeted at linear time invariant (LTI) control. The overall approach involves reformulating the controller into a particular discrete state-space representation, which is optimized for numerical efficiency using the δ operator, then programming this into a specially-designed control system processor (CSP) implemented using a "programmable ASIC" device. This architecture presents large cost and performance benefits for control applications over traditional architectures, particularly for large multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) controllers. Results of implementing control of the vertical modes of a Maglev vehicle are presented and compared with implementations using commercial processors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-492
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Issue number3
Early online date25 Apr 2005
Publication statusPublished - May 2005
Externally publishedYes


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