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Design and Implementation of Digital Linear Control Systems on Reconfigurable Hardware

  • Marcus Bednara1Email author,
  • Klaus Danne2,
  • Markus Deppe3,
  • Oliver Oberschelp3,
  • Frank Slomka4 and
  • Jürgen Teich1
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20032003:504157

Received: 14 March 2002

Published: 20 May 2003


The implementation of large linear control systems requires a high amount of digital signal processing. Here, we show that reconfigurable hardware allows the design of fast yet flexible control systems. After discussing the basic concepts for the design and implementation of digital controllers for mechatronic systems, a new general and automated design flow starting from a system of differential equations to application-specific hardware implementation is presented. The advances of reconfigurable hardware as a target technology for linear controllers is discussed. In a case study, we compare the new hardware approach for implementing linear controllers with a software implementation.


digital linear control reconfigurable hardware mechatronic systems

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Computer Sciences 12, Hardware-Software-Co-Design, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen
Heinz Nixdorf Institute, University of Paderborn
Mechatronic Laboratory Paderborn (MLaP), University of Paderborn
Department of Computer Science, Embedded Hardware/Software Systems Group, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg


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