HARDWARE TOOLS: Developer's kits claim smallest linear motor and highest-resolution miniature position sensor - Embedded.com

HARDWARE TOOLS: Developer’s kits claim smallest linear motor and highest-resolution miniature position sensor

Victor, N.Y. – New Scale Technologies has launched the DK Series developer's kits for its SQUIGGLE linear micro motors and TRACKER NSE-5310 position sensors, and feature a tiny SQL series SQUIGGLE piezoelectric micro motor and a TRACKER NSE-5310 miniature position sensor.

A slide assembly serves as a reference design for mechanical integration. A drive card with New Scale's NSD-1202 motor controller ASIC serves as an electrical reference design and a development tool for use from initial product evaluation through prototype development.

The compact kit is powered by two AA batteries, with a push-button operation to demonstrate motion. The New Scale Pathway Software controls the kit through a USB interface connected to a PC, to allow more detailed evaluation and system development. All components can be removed from the kit using basic tools for system integration and prototype testing.

The kits are designed to simplify evaluation of this miniature motion technology and its integration into miniature OEM products such as medical devices, tiny optical systems, and micro-robotic instruments.

Closed-loop SQUIGGLE motor/TRACKER sensor kit The model DK-1.8-SS-TRK-33 closed-loop developer's kit is designed for evaluation of the TRACKER NSE-5310 position sensor and the closed-loop operation of the SQUIGGLE motor. It includes the SQL-1.8-6-12-SS SQUIGGLE motor, which the company claims is the world's smallest linear motor at 2.8 x 2.8 x 6 mm, featuring 6 mm travel, 30 gram force stall force and 0.5 m resolution.

The TRACKER NSD-5310 position sensor is a magnetic sensor array with on-chip digital encoding and 0.5 m resolution. The developer's kit includes a sensor in TSSOP package; the NSE-5310 is available in chip-on-board packaging as small as 3.9 x 2.5 mm.

The MC-3300 motor controller is a development platform and reference design integrating the NSD-1202 motor driver ASIC. The controller generates high frequency signals to drive the SQUIGGLE motor and accepts feedback from the TRACKER or other position sensor. It connects to a PC via USB.

The New Scale Pathway Software evaluates the motor and sensor using a graphical user interface or develop-and-test scripts using the intuitive scripting interface. Documentation describes the ASCII codes that would be used in an OEM's embedded system or microcontroller.

The SQUIGGLE motor and TRACKER NSD-5310 sensor are integrated into a slide assembly demonstrating proper mounting, loading and alignment.

Open-loop SQUIGGLE motor kit The model DK-1.8-SS-33 open-loop motor kit includes all of the above components except the position sensor. It facilitates open-loop motor evaluation, or development of systems using other position sensors or limit switches.

The developer's kits are available now starting at $495. Buy online at http://shop.newscaletech.com or visit www.newscaletech.com/developers-kits.html'for more information.

Contact New Scale regarding volume pricing and customization including custom chip-scale packaging for position sensors. New Scale's design team works with OEM customers to integrate micro motors and sensors into system designs and create custom application-specific motion modules.

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