Hybrid IC Motion Controller
By DE StaffMotion Control Machine Building
Nippon Pulse COMMANDER core bridges the gap between off-the-shelf and design-from-scratch controllers.
Nippon Pulse America introduced its Commander core motion controller, a four-axis hybrid IC that bridges the gap between off-the-shelf and design-from-scratch controllers. The controller uses a BASIC-like programming language (A-SCRIPT) that allows programmers to compile, read and write standalone programs. The software also provides multi-threading and subroutine support, and can be run in both PC-based and standalone modes. Commander core’s advanced functionality includes linear, arc, circular, helix and tangential interpolation, as well as coordinated motion and continuous buffered motion, thanks to its 100 buffer registers. It also allows the user to choose between trapezoidal or S-curve acceleration/deceleration, and absolute or incremental positioning. The controller is based on Nippon Pulse’s PCL6045BL motion control LSI, and an ARM Core processor. It has stepper and servo motor interfaces, and can operate via joystick with analog input (X and Y axes). Communication can be established over USB, Serial (RS-485, I2C, SPI) and Ethernet.