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FPGAs Enable Energy-Efficient Motor Control in Next-Generation Smart Home Appliances

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Executive Summary

Home appliances are at the heart of the modern lifestyle. Consumers want them "Smart," "Green," and, of course, always cheaper. All those diverging requirements have pushed today's home-appliance designers to create genuine pieces of high technology. For years, smart appliances used general-purpose electronic devices, such as MicroController Units (MCU) and Digital Signal Processing (DSP) blocks, to manage functionalities such as the user interface and motor control. The performance of these devices is limited because these are made with generic hardware, leaving software as the only method to create application-specific functions by the home-appliance designer.

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