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Smart Brushless DC motor controller targets robotics and industrial automation

November 01, 2012

Toni_McConnel-November 01, 2012

The MBL1650 motor controller from Roboteq, Inc is an intelligent controller capable of directly driving a hall-sensor equipped brushless DC motor up to 120Amps at up to 50V. The MBL1650 is targeted at designers making mobile robots, automated systems, or any other high power brushless motor control application.


The controller accepts commands from either analog pedal/joystick, standard R/C radio, USB, CAN or RS232 interface. Using the serial port, the controller can be used to design fully or semi-autonomous robots by connecting it to single board computers, wireless modems or WiFi adapters. Using CAN bus, up to 127 controllers can be networked on a single twisted pair network.

The MBL1650 incorporates a Basic Language Interpreter capable of executing over 50,000 Basic instructions per second. This feature can be used to write powerful scripts for adding custom functions, or for developing automated systems without the need for an external PLC or microcomputer.

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