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Programming a Microcontroller to Drive a Fisher & Paykel SmartDrive™ Washing Machine Motor to Power

Wednesday 4:00pm - 4:30pm, CITRENZ (Ara Room 3)

Microcontrollers are one of the basic building blocks of the “Internet of Things”. In this paper, I describe the tools and processes needed to program a STM32F302R8 microcontroller to drive a Fisher & Paykel SmartDrive™ brushless direct current motor.

The motor is used to power a go-kart. The STM32F302R8 is an ARM® Cortex®-M4 microcontroller, programmed with the “C” programming language. The F&P SmartDrive™ motor is a brushless direct current motor, which relies on a microcontroller unit to provide commutation for the coils.


Andy Fendall

Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)