RCC1000_0 - 16x RC Servo Phidget

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Control position, velocity, and acceleration of 16 RC servos with just one VINT port.
RCC1000_0 - 16x RC Servo Phidget

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Details

Perfect for robotics projects, this impressive Servo Phidget can control up to 16 RC servo motors independently from a single port on your VINT hub (See the "Compatible Products" tab for a list of hubs). It is powered externally by a 8-30V supply, providing a total of up to 20A of regulated power to its servos. You can control the regulator and choose a global voltage of 5.0V, 6.0V, or 7.4V. A servo will have more torque when running at a higher voltage, but will have a shorter overall lifespan. Check your servo's data sheet and balance the voltage for your specific application.

User-friendly and Highly Compatible

You can control the position, velocity and acceleration of each servo motor with non-blocking methods in our API. You can also set the minimum and maximum pulse width for each servo, and the actual position they correspond to. This allows you to use a wide variety of servos, not just the ones sold here at Phidgets.

Safety and Reliability

This Phidget comes with a number of safety features built-in. The power terminal has polarity protection, so you won't fry your board or your servos if you connect the power supply backwards. The voltage regulator that converts the 8-30V to the user specified voltage will automatically limit the current to a safe level, and a fuse protects the device from power surges. The VINT port is electrically isolated from the rest of the board, making it simple to build a reliable, high-current system.

Product Specifications

Board Properties
Controlled By VINT
Servo Controller
Number of Motor Ports 16
Pulse Width Min 63 ns
Pulse Width Max 4 ms
Pulse Width Resolution 63 ns
Pulse Code Period 20 ms
Electrical Properties
Supply Voltage Min 8 V DC
Supply Voltage Max 30 V DC
Output Motor Voltage 5 V DC
Continuous Motor Current Max (Total) 20 A
Selectable Output Voltage Levels 5.0, 6.0, 7.4 VDC
Current Consumption Max 20 A
Current Consumption Min 10 mA
Output Impedance (Motor) 100 Ω
Physical Properties
Recommended Wire Size 12 - 24 AWG
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C

Documents

Welcome to the RCC1000 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:


Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

RCC1000-functional.jpg
  1. Connect the RCC1000 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget cable.
  2. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.
  3. Connect one or more servo motors to the RCC1000.
  4. Connect the power supply to the green power terminals on the RCC1000.


Now that you have everything together, let's start using the RCC1000!

Using the RCC1000

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the RCC1000, the Phidget Control Panel running on a Windows machine will be used.


The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines. If you would like to follow along, first take a look at the getting started guide for your operating system:


Linux users can follow the getting started with Linux guide and continue reading here for more information about the RCC1000.

First Look

After plugging the RCC1000 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

RCC1000 Panel.jpg


The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.


The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.

RC Servo

Double-click on the RCServo object, labelled RC Servo Motor Controller, in order to run the example:

RCC1000 Servo Example.jpg


General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:

  • Motor calibration options are provided. You can change the minimum and maximum pulse widths for your RC servo motor in the appropriate boxes. You can also change which position these pulse widths map to.
  • The SpeedRampingState checkbox lets the RCC1000 know whether or not to take the Acceleration and Velocity values into account when moving the RC servo motor.
  • Use the Position slider to change the target position and move the RC servo motor.

 

Further Reading

For more information on servo motors and controllers, check the Servo Motor and Controller Primer.

What to do Next

  • Software Overview - Find your preferred programming language here to learn how to write your own code with Phidgets!
  • General Phidget Programming - Read this general guide to the various aspects of programming with Phidgets. Learn how to log data into a spreadsheet, use Phidgets over the network, and much more.
  • Phidget22 API - The API is a universal library of all functions and definitions for programming with Phidgets. Just select your language and device and it'll give you a complete list of all properties, methods, events, and enumerations that are at your disposal.

Additional Information

SKU ES002348
Manufacturer Phidgets

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