Motion Control Driver Card suits sub-nanometer resolution stages.

Press Release Summary:

Designed for piezoelectric stack-based NanoPositioning line of sub-nanometer resolution stages, XPS-compatible Model XPS-DRVP1 eliminates need for XPS pass-through card or independent piezo-stack driver. Single-axis unit operates from -10 to 130 V with 60 mA peak current and internal loop rate of 4 kHz. For added flexibility, Model XPS-DRVP1 can drive both open loop and closed loop NanoPositioning stages equipped with strain gage position sensors.

Original Press Release:

Newport Introduces a Piezo Driver for the XPS Universal and Integrated Controller/Driver

o New drive module is designed to control piezoelectric stack-based NanoPositioning products.

Irvine, CA - Newport Corporation, a worldwide leader in laser and photonic solutions that Make, Manage, and Measure Light®, introduces the XPS-DRVP1, an XPS-compatible driver card for the piezoelectric stack-based NanoPositioning line of sub-nanometer resolution stages. The XPS-DRVP1 complements the other XPS driver cards designed to drive the traditional DC or Stepper motor micro-positioning products, allowing control of almost all of Newport's Motion products with the XPS controller. Convenient to install, the XPS-DRVP1 eliminates the need for either an XPS pass-through card or an independent piezo-stack driver. The XPS-DRVP1 permits a wider variety of precision motion control positioning applications than was previously possible.

According to Beda Espinoza, Product Manager for the Newport Motion, "Now customers have the ability to perform precise, fast positioning over long travel and finish their motion processes with ultra-precise sub-nanometer positioning resolution. The XPS-compatible controller works with all "-D" versions of Newport's NanoPositioners. An erasable programmable read only memory (EPROM) stores the stage parameters in the connector which also has embedded ESP "plug-and-play" technology that auto-uploads the stage ID and all necessary stage settings to the XPS. This facilitates setups to ensure our customers are up and running in no time."

The single-axis XPS-DRVP1 driver features 60mA peak current (operating from -10V to 130V), with an internal loop rate of 4kHz. For added flexibility, it can drive both open loop and closed loop NanoPositioning stages equipped with strain gage position sensors with dynamic performance similar to Newport's NPC3 controller.

For more information about Newport's new XPS universal motion controller/driver, please visit: To view compatible NanoPositioning products from Newport, go to:

About Newport Corporation

Newport Corporation is a leading global supplier of advanced-technology products and systems to customers in the scientific research, microelectronics manufacturing, aerospace and defense/security, life and health sciences and precision industrial manufacturing markets. Newport's innovative solutions leverage its expertise in high-power semiconductor, solid-state and ultrafast lasers, photonics instrumentation, sub-micron positioning systems, vibration isolation, optical subsystems and precision automation to enhance the capabilities and productivity of its customers' manufacturing, engineering and research applications. Newport is part of the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000 Index.

Company Contacts:

Kim Abair

Director, Global Marketing

Tel: 949-863-3144


Beda Espinoza

Product Manager

Tel: 949-253-1247


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