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Post subject: Phase Method of Resolver Decoding
post Posted: Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:18 pm
RESOLVER DECODING (PHASE
Looking for any information on circuits that will decode
analog resolver signals into unambiguous binary positional data.
I'm specifically looking for information on a technique called the
PHASE METHOD of decoding, wherein the sin & cosine windings are
driven and the position data is extracted from the rotor signal. The
rotor phase, relative to the reference signal phase, is compared to
determine the amount of shaft rotation. The phases are compared by keeping
track of their zero crossings, and a binary count output that represents
their phase difference, (zero crossings) is generated. The binary output
is generated by utilizing zero crossing detectors on the reference signal
to start a binary up/down counter and alternately, zero crossings from
the rotor signal are used to latch the binary count when they occur,
the count that is latched by the rotor's zero crossing represents the
difference in phase between the two signals and thus the amount of angular
rotation of the shaft in binary. For example, a zero count, would mean
the two signals are in phase, a 1/2 max count, signals are 180 out of
phase, and so on. One must also keep track of rotation direction so
the counter can count up or down in coordination with the direction.
This system is not as complicated as it might first seem but I am looking
for help from anyone who has experience with this technique.
I am specifically NOT looking for information on ratiometric tracking
converters that typically drive the resolver's rotor and decode the
sine and cosine signals. But rather, only information on this alternate
Any info on this subject is wanted, explanations,
insights, schematics, IC's, etc.
(I apologize if this is the wrong forum for this post. Please point
me to the correct one.)