Universal Drive Controller IP Core

Block Diagram

Solution Type: IP Core, Qsys Component

End Market: Automotive, Consumer, Industrial, Medical, Military, Test & Measurement

Evaluation Method: Source Code

Technology: Processors and Peripherals: Peripherals

Arria Series: Intel® Arria® 10, Arria® V, Intel® Arria® 10 SoC, Arria® V SoC

Cyclone Series: Cyclone® IV, Cyclone® V, Cyclone® V SoC

MAX Series: Intel® MAX® 10

Stratix Series: Stratix® IV, Stratix® V


The Enclustra Universal Drive Controller IP Core enables the easy addition of drive control capabilities to existing or future FPGA designs. It supports DC, BLDC, 2- and 3-phase stepper motors. The Universal Drive Controller is available as Intel® Platform Designer (formerly Qsys) component, meaning no HDL knowledge is required. A software API is provided with the IP core, allowing configuration of the Universal Drive Controller without having to know the exact layout of the register bank and the meaning of each field within every register. The completely autonomous error handling reduces the complexity for the user application further. A Separate PWM clock domain for high-resolution PWM is available. In a typical configuration, the Universal Drive Controller IP core is capable of executing around 1,000,000 device calculations per second independently of the device type (including FOC for BLDC motors). For example, this means that 4 BLDC motors with current control rates of up to 250kHz can be controlled simultaneously.


  • Support for DC, BLDC, 2- and 3-phase stepper motors
  • Support for encoders and resolvers
  • Optimized for lowest total solution cost
  • Up to 8 drives per controller and 4 PID controllers per drive (position, velocity, current(s)) at up to 200kHz control rate
  • Voltage, current and temperature supervision

Device Utilization and Performance

Clock frequency > 64 MHzController update rate (@64 MHz, 1 axis): Up to 1 MHzDevice utilization strongly depends on the configuration of the IP-Core and the number of axes to support. Numbers for standard settings are given below (Cyclone V):1 DC motor:~4.5k ALM~9 M10K~2 DSP Blocks1 BLDC motor:~5k ALM~11 M10K~3 DSP Blocks

Getting Started

Enclustra offers a free evaluation license with a reference design running on a Cyclone® V SoC and an evaluation kit to get started.

IP Quality Metrics

Year IP was first released2011
Latest version of Quartus supported17.1
Altera Customer Use
IP has been successfully implemented in production with at least one customerY

Customer deliverables include the following:

  • Design file (encrypted source code or post-synthesis netlist)
  • Simulation model for ModelSim Altera edition
  • Timing and/or layout constraints
  • Testbench or design example
  • Documentation with revision control
  • Readme file
Parameterization GUI allowing end user to configure IPN
IP core is enabled for OpenCore Plus SupportN
Source language
Testbench languageVHDL
Software drivers providedY
Driver OS supportBare Metal
User InterfaceAXI
IP-XACT Metadata includedN
Simulators supportedModelSim PE
Hardware validated Y. Altera Board Name Enclustra Mercury SA1, Mercury+ PE1 & FMC-DR2
Industry standard compliance testing performed
If No, is it planned?N
IP has undergone interoperability testing
Interoperability reports available  N

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