Motion Control Software eliminates need for intelligent motion cards.

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PC-based CODE 6 motion control software enables OEMs to control wide range of motion applications. Software interfaces directly to amplifiers and feedback devices. This enables PC software to control trajectory generation, position loop, velocity loop, input/output scanning, and event generation at the servo rate. It also allows customer developed algorithms to be integrated into the software.




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Cimetrix's CODE 6 Software Eliminates Intelligent Motion Cards for High Performance Applications


Cimetrix's CODE 6 Software Eliminates Intelligent Motion Cards for High Performance Applications

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah-October 23, 2001-Cimetrix, Incorporated (OTC: CMXX.OB) announced the introduction of CODE 6 (Cimetrix Open Development Environment version 6) with Core Motion technology. CODE 6 is a personal computer (PC) based motion control software package that can now eliminate the need for intelligent motion cards reducing hardware costs by 50 percent. This enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to control a wide range of intensive motion applications while offering flexibility in hardware selection, development environments and system architecture.

"Proprietary controller architectures are inflexible and offer inferior development environments," stated Dave Faulkner, executive vice president and managing director of motion control products. "We have several customers currently running CODE 6 with Core Motion in the field, including the world's fastest robot. This could only be achieved by allowing customer developed algorithms to be integrated into the software. CODE 6 with Core Motion technology provides our customers with a cost-effective solution and allows for flexibility, better performance and more programming choices than proprietary controllers."

Historically, machine OEMs who had transitioned from proprietary controllers to PC based motion control software had to use an intelligent motion card to augment the lack of PC performance. With the increasing power of PCs, Cimetrix's engineers utilizing Core Motion technology have moved the motion card functionality onto the PC, allowing for a direct connection from the PC to amplifiers and feedback devices. This enables the PC software to control trajectory generation, position loop, velocity loop, input/output scanning, and event generation at the servo rate.

Core Motion technology provides the same factory floor performance as high-end digital signal processing motion cards and is equipped with VenturCom's RTX real time extensions for Windows NT, NT Embedded, or 2000. In order to provide a connection from the PC to the motion subsystem, Core Motion utilizes analog interface cards or network connections to the drive amplifiers. Analog interface cards cost 50 to 75 percent less than intelligent motion cards, while network cards can drive this cost to $0. "Cimetrix CODE software continues to support motion cards from ACS, Anorad, Delta Tau, MEI, and Nyquist," added Faulkner. "Core Motion is the next step in a continual effort to provide OEMs with flexible solutions."

Due to the need for PC-based motion control software for less sophisticated motion applications, Core Motion will be made a stand-alone product to be released in early 2002. This will provide OEMs with a scaleable set of PC-based solutions: from two to three axis applications up to vision-triggered 30 axis machines. Core Motion will be programmable in C++, Visual BASIC, or programmable logic controller languages.

About Cimetrix Incorporated Cimetrix Incorporated, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a developer of software products for 300 mm semiconductor tools and motion intensive applications such as surface mount technology equipment, electronics assembly equipment, robots, and packaging equipment. Their core product families are CODE (Cimetrix Open Development Environment), for machine control; CIM300, for 300mm connectivity; and the Connect series, for SECS/GEM/XML communications and testing.

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