Motion Processor controls multiple motor types.

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Requiring external amplifier to operate, Magellan(TM) MC50110 single-IC provides dedicated, single-axis control for dc brush, brushless dc, microstepping, and pulse and direction motors. Unit is driven by host microprocessor using 8 or 16-bit parallel bus, CANBus 2.0B, or asynchronous serial port. It provides 32-bit position error, dual bi-quad filters, 50 µs loop time, and multi-chip synchronization. Unit can off-load motion control functions from application's host processor.

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Ultra-High Performance Motion Processor Released

Single-axis motion control IC reduces cost, shortens design time

Lincoln, MA - Performance Motion Devices, Inc. announces the Magellan(TM) MC50110 single-axis, single-IC Motion Processor. The MC50110 is a member of PMD's Magellan family of ultra-high performance, highly integrated motion processors designed for controlling multiple motor types. This flexible, programmable device offers users the ability to off-load intensive motion control functions from the application's host processor.

The Magellan MC50110 is a fully functional motion controller requiring only an external amplifier to be functional. This advanced motion IC provides dedicated single-axis control for DC brush, brushless DC, microstepping and pulse & direction motors and provides profile generation, servo loop closure, PLC-style signal manipulation and motor signal generation.

The Magellan 50110 Motion Processor is driven by a host microprocessor using an 8 or 16-bit parallel bus, CANBus 2.0B, or an asynchronous serial port. It provides standard features such as programmable PID filter with velocity and acceleration feedforward, while adding advanced features like 32-bit position error, dual bi-quad filters, 50 µSec loop time and multi-chip synchronization. In addition, trace capabilities provide designers with on-the-fly data storage for analyzing system performance, tuning servo filters, and performing maintenance and diagnostics. PMD's advanced instruction set supports over 130 commands, providing flexibility and versatility to designers during the application programming.

Four selectable profile modes are supported including S-curve, trapezoidal, velocity contouring and electronic gearing. The Magellan accepts input parameters such as position, velocity, and acceleration from the host and generates a corresponding trajectory. It accepts feedback from an incremental encoder at up to 10 megacounts per second or from an absolute encoder or resolver at 160 megacounts per second.

The MC50110 is available in 2 versions. The multi-motor MC58110 provides dedicated control for DC brush, brushless DC, microstepping and pulse & direction motors, with motor-type selectable on an axis by axis basis using a software command. The MC55110 is dedicated to pulse & direction output. Prices start at $24.00 in OEM quantities. For additional information, go to

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