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Advances in Electronics
Volume 2014, Article ID 745286, 7 pages
Research Article

Design and Build of an Electrical Machines’ High Speed Measurement System at Low Cost

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Patras University, 26443 Patras, Greece

Received 9 June 2014; Accepted 23 October 2014; Published 16 November 2014

Academic Editor: Liwen Sang

Copyright © 2014 Constantinos C. Kontogiannis and Athanasios N. Safacas. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The principal objective of this paper is to demonstrate the capability of high speed measurement and acquisition equipment design and build in the laboratory at a very low cost. The presented architecture employees highly integrated market components eliminating thus the complexity of the hardware and software stack. The key element of the proposed system is a Hi-Speed USB to Serial/FIFO development module that is provided with full software and driver support for most popular operating systems. This module takes over every single task needed to get the data from the A/D to the user software gluelessly and transparently, solving this way the most difficult problem in data acquisition systems which is the fast and reliable communication with a host computer. Other ideas tested and included in this document offer Hall Effect measuring solutions using some excellent features and very low cost ICs widely available on the market today.