PEBB II Control

A Guideline to Develop the

Architecture, and Specifications for PEBB II Control

Angelo Ferraro

Harris Semiconductor


PEBB II Control

Standardization of Power Electronic Control

Level I directly impact control and are most strongly recommended

Level II do not directly impact the control but are important for forward and backward compatibility

Shells promote modularity

Typical PEBB Converter


Typical PEBB Application

 Each Gray box demonstrates a "Shell" the graph above would be in the bottom two boxes

Control Specification

Each Shell Requires a Full Specification:



Programming (Software / Firmware)


Mechanical Control Specification

Mechanical Specification must specify

operational modes may require use of specific mechanical solutions

media types (electrical, optical, wireless, etc.)

connector / cable types / media windows,

number of communication paths,

position within sub-assembly

must accommodate self-identification

Electrical Control

Electrical Specification must specify

media types (electrical, optical, wireless, etc.)

number of communication paths

connector / cable types / media windows, including pin-outs,

communication modes

operating voltages, currents, energy levels

must provide self-identification

Software Control Specification

Programming Specification must specify

media (ROM; RAM, optical, magnetic, etc.)

data speeds, communication speeds, reconfiguration speed,

self-identification and self-awareness

level-specific programming languages,

trans-shell communication / control languages

must accommodate operational modes

Environmental Control Specification

Environmental Specification must specify both the operating and survivable limits:

temperature, pressures, humidities,

voltage, current, energy levels

electromagnetic fields

operational modes describe environment

normal vs. emergency operation