Motion control kit targets quick and eas(ier) robotics designs -

Motion control kit targets quick and eas(ier) robotics designs

XMOS and Synapticon are working together to create a new range of development kits that allows embedded designers to quickly and easily create a wide variety of innovative motor control and motion control applications.

The kits allow developers to address new opportunities in rapidly growing sectors such as consumer and professional robotics, transportation, and the factory automation market, enabling emerging trends such as Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing.

Based on the xCORE range of multicore microcontrollers from XMOS and Synapticon’s SOMANET technology, the new kits enable efficient, standards-compliant and safe motion control applications, ranging from simple single-axis solutions to innovative distributed motion control systems.

The first product in the family includes a SOMANET control subsystem, an EtherCAT communications module, 120W motor driver and an example brushless DC (BLDC) motor.

The compact kit measures just 40mm x 50mm x 15mm when assembled, making it ideal for use by designers seeking to add intelligence “close to the node” in their automation projects. Options are provided for Hall Sensor and Quadrature Encoder sensing, with support for CiA 402, the CANopen device profile for drives and motion control.

Configured and programmed in a high-level C-based environment via the XMOS xTIMEcomposer integrated development suite, the hardware package is augmented with motor control IP modules from Synapticon that implement position, speed and torque/current control loops. The  xCORE multicore microcontroller subsystem is equipped with up to 32 processing cores, providing up to 2000MIPS of raw performance.

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