Motion Controller Board handles 4 axes simultaneously.

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Double size PC-MIP board can be used on CompactPCI, PCI, VME and embedded platforms with high speed PCI bus interfaces. Chipset supports steppers, sinusoidal commutation of brushless motors, and positioning and velocity control of brush servo motors. Any axis can be selected to be brush or brushless. Instruction set supports 130 commands plus selectable profiling modes including S-curve, trapezoidal, velocity contouring and electronic gearing.




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NEW MULTI-AXIS PC-MIP MOTION BOARD CONTROLS BRUSHED, BRUSHLESS STEPPER MOTORS and PIEZO actuators



Antioch, CA. Dietzenbach Germany PCI automation Inc. announces the 4-axis PC-MIP motion controller, based on Performance Motion Devices NEW Navigator(TM) MC2800.

The double size PC-MIP board can be used on CompactPCI, PCI, VME and embedded platforms with high speed PCI bus interfaces. PCI automation Inc. provides carrier boards and multi axis power amplifiers for all these types of platforms.

The 4-axis PC-MIP motion controller series uniquely combines the ability for users to control brushed and brushless servo motors as well as steppers in one chipset. The chipset supports sinusoidal commutation of 2 or 3-phase brushless motors as well as positioning and velocity control of brushed servo motors. Users can select any axis to be brushed and any axis to be brushless (for 2 and 4 axes) using this motion processor.

The flexibility and price/performance of the 4-axis PC-MIP motion controller helps designers meet their motion requirements using a versatile yet extremely compact product. Available in two and four axis configurations, the 4-axis PC-MIP motion controller series is the first release of the multi-axis multiple motor type in PCI Automation Inc.'s family of high-performance, highly integrated technology designed for controlling servo and stepper motors.

PMD's instruction set supports over 130 commands and offers flexibility and versatility to designers during application programming. User selectable profiling modes supported by the motion processor include S-curve, trapezoidal, velocity contouring and electronic gearing. The 4-axis PC-MIP motion controller Series accepts input parameters such as position, velocity, and acceleration from the host and generates a corresponding trajectory.

The 4-axis PC-MIP motion controller series has a pre-programmed PID filter with feedforward velocity and acceleration, and a 32-bit position error. The motion processor accepts feedback from an incremental encoder at 5 megacounts per second or from an absolute encoder or resolver at 160 megacounts per second. The 4-axis PC-MIP motion controller outputs commutation signals based on either Hall sensors or the motor's encoder. Two or three separate motor signals per axis are sent by the motion processor, either in a 16-bit Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) or 10-bit, 20 kHz or 80 kHz Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) compatible format.

By directly outputting commutation signals from the chip, the designer can improve smoothness of motion control and motor stability. The 4-axis PC-MIP motion controller's ability to directly do the commutation reduces torque ripple, oscillation, overshoot and audible noise level.

Multiple breakpoints per axis offer precise sequencing and control of events by the application program. Trace capabilities provide designers with on-the-fly parameter storage for analyzing system performance, tuning servo filters, and performing maintenance and diagnostics. The 4-axis PC-MIP motion controller series can be ideal in applications where fast, smooth, accurate motion is a requirement for the positioning or control system.

These applications include industrial automation and robotics, medical automation, materials handling, semiconductor manufacturing, test and laboratory equipment, and textiles.

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