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Recent technological advances have enabled distributed control systems to be implemented via networks. This allows feedback control loops to be closed over communication channels. This paper develops a control system with high-speed and real-time communication links. Two-degrees-of-freedom control is utilized in this servo control system, and sigma-delta modulation is employed to compress data and to transmit the signal over the transmission channels between the controller and the controlled plant. Simulation results show that the controller can compensate the possible existing noise in the transmission channels. In addition, the developed system is implemented in field-programmable gate arrays. We developed a real-time closed-loop control system that has a communication channel whose control-sampling period is 600 ns and can reduce the sampling period of the controller module to hundreds of nanoseconds.
Date of Publication: April 2008