Hydra-X

Hydra It is of mythological proportions. A multi-faceted creature (albeit electronic) filled with Power, Might and Awe. Hydra-X is your friend. Your next best friend for Power Application systems development!

Hydra-X is development platform which is feature rich, scalable and easy to use. Based on the Power Application Controller™ (PAC) family of ICs, Hydra-X gives you the ability to execute your own code on a 32-bit ARM Cortex Core, paralleled with analog resources such as multi-mode power manager (for DC-DC power management), configurable Analog frontend (AFE), Data converters (1MHz 10-bit ADC, 2 Precision DACs), 52V, 72V, 600V gate drivers, open drain drivers, to name a few.

With up to 14 PWM timing functions, you will find it hard to run out of timing resources. Fully configurable into PWM, input capture or output compare, these timers are expanded by a dead time generator block; extremely useful when driving external FETs in a half H-Bridge configuration and a dead time needs to be imposed in order to protect the design from shoot-through.

Hydra-X10 Board

PAC52xx Family Diagram

Hydra-X Features and Benefits:

  • Active-Semi's PAC™ Family ICs
  • Multi-mode Power Manager (AC-DC, DC-DC switchers, LDOs)
  • 14 channels of Analog to Digital conversion
  • Configurable AFE with single-ended & differential amplifiers, comparators
  • Open drain drivers
  • Up to 14 PWM timing functions
  • On chip temperature sensor
  • UART, SPI or I2C Serial Communication
  • Up to 36 GPIOs
  • 32-bit ARM® Cortex Core
  • On Board Debugger
  • Single Unit Debugger/Compiler/Programmer

One of the items that makes the PAC52xx device so fascinating is its level of integration. Anybody designing an application revolving around a microcontroller will remember the process of selecting voltage regulators to power up the different blocks. With PAC52xx, this step can be omitted as all voltage regulation needs have been taken care of. Simply apply your input voltage, and the internal Multi Mode Power block will generate all the internal voltages to power up the core, as well as the GPIO resources. 

Hydra-X platform offers a USB-to-UART chip which allows the connection of the development board to your computer. This link is advantageous as many applications can benefit from serial communications as seen from an external Graphical User Interface piece of software on your main computer.

Hydra-X also has an on-board debugger (versus a simple boot loader). This allows you to burn your code into FLASH with a simple press of a button. This debugger also gives you the ability to debug your code in real time which is quite priceless for faster development! You can observe memory contents such as variables, register values, etc, as well as stepping through code in hopes of finding that pesky bug.

Hydra-X platform is supported with the hardware kits for PAC5210 and PAC5220 ICs, and comes with supply supported software development kit (SDK) for IAR and CooCox IDEs, documentation, example code and reference designs.

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Product Selection Tables

Body Boards

ORDER PART #

TYPE

DESCRIPTION

INPUT VOLTAGE

SYSTEM
VOLTAGE
RAILS

GPIO

PWM CHANNEL

INTERFACE

STATUS

EP-HYDRA-X10-1
zip
Hydra-X10 Body Board PAC5210 based HYDRA-X Platform Evaluation Kit 12V to 52V 12V, 5V,
3.3V, 1.8V
36 14 GPIO SPI
I2C
UART
SWD
In Production
EP-HYDRA-X20-1
zip
Hydra-X20 Body Board PAC5220 based HYDRA-X Platform Evaluation Kit 12V to 52V 12V, 5V,
3.3V, 1.8V
28 6 GD
6 GPIO
SPI
I2C
UART
SWD
In Production

EP-HYDRA-X10-1

EP-HYDRA-X20-1

Heads

ORDER PART #

TYPE

DESCRIPTION

STATUS

EH-BLDCM1-1
zip
BLDC Motor Control Head Board HYDRA-X Head board for BLDC Motor solution for Sensored and Sensorless Control In Production
EH-PROTOS-1
zip
Hydra-X Proto Board HYDRA-X Head board for Prototyping - Small Size Blank Board In Production
EH-PROTOM-1
zip
Hydra-X Proto Board HYDRA-X Head board for Prototyping - Medium Size Blank Board In Production
EH-PROTOL-1
zip
Hydra-X Proto Board HYDRA-X Head board for Prototyping - Large Size Blank Board In Production

EH-BLDCM1-1

EH-PROTOS-1

EH-PROTOM-1

EH-PROTOL-1

Downloads for PAC™

EVALUATION KIT

DOWNLOAD LINK

PAC SDK for IAR and CooCox zip
Hydra-X10 User Guide zip
Hydra-X20 User Guide zip
Hydra-X BLDC Head User Guide zip
Hydra-X Small Proto Board User Guide zip

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