Performance Motion Devices adds ultra-compact motion controller

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Performance Motion Devices (PMD) recently debuted its new ION/CME N-Series Digital Drives, new members of the ION Digital Drive family that provide high-performance motion control, network connectivity and amplification. The N-Series ION digital drives feature a patented, ultra-rugged PCB-mountable package with three power output levels – 75, 300, and 1,000 W. All ION/CME N-Series Digital Drives support brushless DC, DC brush, and step motors.

ION/CME N-Series Digital Drives provide profile generation, servo compensation, stall detection, field oriented control (FOC), electronic camming, and many other motion control functions. Additional features include support for Ethernet, CAN, serial, and SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) communications, and support for quadrature, sin/cos, and BiSS-C encoder formats.

Performance Motion Devices motion controlBenefits of ION/CME N-Series Digital Drives include:

  • Reduction in development time – to create a complete ready-to-go control solution, engineers only have to select their desired motor type and power level, and install on a simple interconnect board with their choice of connectors and form factor.
  • Flexible connection options – ION N-Series ION Digital Drives are easy to plug in and connect, supporting a range of communication interfaces including CAN, Ethernet, RS232, RS485, and SPI.
  • Small package, big power – Despite their small size, measuring only 1.48 x 1.48 x 0.66 in. (38 x 38 x 17 mm), N-Series ION Drives can drive brushless dc, dc brush, and step motors with up to a Kilowatt of continuous power output.
  • Fully programmable – At the core of every ION/CME N-Series Digital Drive is PMD’s powerful motion control language called C-Motion. It gives engineers the ability to write code and share across all their machine designs.

ION/CME N-Series Digital Drives are available immediately and are priced from $209 in quantity depending on motor type controlled and power level.

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