Motion Control Cards provide 1-4 axes of control.

Press Release Summary:

Designed with Magellan(TM) motion control IC, Prodigy® Motion Control Cards deliver board-level, multi-axis motion control for dc brush, brushless dc, step, and microstepping motors. Units feature servo loop rate of 50 µsec/axis and are available in both PCI and PC/104 configurations. In addition to trace capture, cards provide trajectory generation, servo loop closure, quadrature signal input, motor output signal generation, on-the-fly changes, and commutation.

Original Press Release:

Prodigy Motion Control Card from PMD

Prodigy® Motion Control Card offers OEM machine designers access to the powerful features of the Magellan(TM) chip set.

Prodigy® Motion Control Card improves application flexibility with powerful new feature set including direct amplifier commutation signals for multi-axis and multiple motor types.

Lincoln, MA - The Prodigy® Motion Cards from Performance Motion Devices, Inc. (PMD), designed with PMD's advanced Magellan(TM) Motion Control IC, provide board level, multi-axis motion control for DC brush, brushless DC, step, and microstepping motors. In addition to trace capture, Prodigy cards provide advanced motion control features including trajectory generation, servo loop closure, quadrature signal input, motor output signal generation, on-the-fly changes, commutation, and much more.

Key Updated Features Include...

o 4 axes motor control with direct amplifier commutation signals for brushless DC and microstepping motors, allowing the designers to use lower cost amplifiers.

o Servo loop rates of up to 50 µSec/Axis (20 kHz).

o Quadrature encoder rates up to 8 Mcount/Sec.

Prodigy cards are available in PCI and PC/104 configurations, and provide 1, 2, 3, or 4 axes of control. Prodigy-PCI and Prodigy-PC/104 utilize high density logic circuitry to provide cost-effective, advanced motion control functions programmed in C/C++ or Visual Basic language. The cards accept input parameters such as position, velocity, acceleration, and jerk from the host, and generate a corresponding trajectory. Instantaneous on-the-fly changes can be sent by the user, and external signal inputs can be used to program automatic profile changes.

Prodigy-PCI and Prodigy-PC/104 are available now. Prices start at $380 in OEM quantities.

o Uses PMD's advanced Magellan Motion Control IC
o Direct amplifier commutation signals supporting 6-step (Hall-based) and sinusoidal commutation
o Available in 1, 2, 3, & 4 axis versions with selectable multiple motor type control
o High-speed servo loop rate: 50 µsec/axis
o High precision ± 10V 16 bit DAC output to amplifier
o Pulse and direction
o High-speed motion trace for servo tuning diagnostics (up to 40 KB)
o S-curve, trapezoidal, electronic gearing, and user-generated profile modes
o PCI-bus, PC/104 (ISA), CANbus, or serial communications (RS232, RS422/485)
o Incremental and parallel encoder input and dual loop encoder input
o PID filter with velocity and acceleration feedforward and dual biquad filters
o 8 general purpose digital inputs and outputs
o 10-bit general purpose analog inputs

Martin Dugan
Vice President of Marketing
Performance Motion Devices
781.674.9860 ext. 249

Performance Motion Devices Inc. (PMD) is a world leader in motion-control chips, cards, and modules. PMD provides a full range of high-performance single and multi-axis motion control products for DC brush, brushless DC, and step motors.


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