Item #: 767
UPC: 0689395303
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    This lower-power, smaller, and lower-cost version of the TReX is the ultimate general-purpose motor controller for small motors: it has a wide operating range (5 to 24V), delivers 2.5A continuously per motor, provides current sensing on the two main channels, and it features the TReX triple interface that allows you to control motors from a serial line (RS-232 or TTL), radio control (RC) receiver, or analog voltage source such as a potentiometer.

    The TReX Jr Dual Motor Controller, a lower-power version of the TReX Dual Motor Controller, is a versatile DC motor controller designed to seamlessly blend autonomous and human control of small robots. The TReX Jr can control two bidirectional and one unidirectional motor via three independent control interfaces: radio control (RC) servo pulses, analog voltage, and asynchronous serial (RS-232 or TTL). Using the compact MC33887 motor driver allows for a single-board design that reduces cost while maintaining a small package. As an added benefit, the use of the MC33887 motor driver allows operation to 24V.

    The TReX Jr uses five input channels to receive the RC or analog control signals. When operating in RC or analog mode, the five channels function as follows:

    * Channel 1: motor 1 speed and direction or, if in mix mode, turn left/right
    * Channel 2: motor 2 speed and direction or, if in mix mode, go forward/reverse
    * Channel 3: auxiliary (unidirectional) motor speed
    * Channel 4: can be used to enable "flipped mode", which allows invertable robots to be controlled as normal when they are inverted
    * Channel 5: determines whether the motors are controlled by the channel inputs or the serial interface; this channel allows you to switch between autonomous and human control at will

    The serial interface can switch instantly with one of the other two interfaces, allowing mixed autonomous and remote control. For example, a robot could be configured to run autonomously most of the time, but a human operator could override the autonomous function if the robot gets stuck or into a dangerous situation. If the serial mode is selected as the primary interface, high-resolution measurements of all five channel input signals (be they RC pulses or analog voltages) are made available to the autonomous robot controller, allowing for complex and unlimited mixing of operator control and sensor input. For example, the TReX would be a great motor controller for a remotely controlled balancing robot.

    RC/Analog control features
    Battery Elimination Circuit (BEC) jumper lets the TReX Jr optionally power your RC receiver or analog controller
    Mix-mode jumper allows for single-stick motor control of differential-drive robots
    Automatic calibration for your particular RC or analog controller (the TReX Jr can learn the channel ranges)

    Options accessable through the serial interface
    All five high-resolution channel input values are available
    Remapped channel input values show what the TReX Jr would do if it were in control
    Optional 7-bit cyclic redundancy checking to ensure command/data validity
    Calibration values can be explicitly read and set
    Each channel can be reversed and parabolically scaled
    Current limit, acceleration, and maximum motor speed settings
    The bidirectional motors can (individually) be set to coast or variable brake when in the deadband
    Upgradable firmware

    Safety features
    "Safe-start" requirements prevent accidental motor activation at power-up
    Optional automatic motor shutdown on serial error, timeout, or input channel noise

    Note: The TReX Jr does not require use of the serial interface to function; it will work right out of the box as an electronic speed control (ESC). You will not have access to the full suite of features the TReX Jr provides if you do not make use of the serial interface, though.

    Specs
    Dimensions1.75 x 1.75 x 0.5in. (.3in. height without connectors)
    Weight0.53 oz (15g)
    Supply Voltage 5-24V
    Primary Motor Outputs 2 bidirectional, 5A peak, up to 2.5A continuous (may be combined to control 1 bidirectional, 5A continuous)
    Auxiliary Output 1 unidirectional, 10A continuous
    Speed Control 128 steps in each direction
    Control interfaces RC servo pulses, analog voltages, or serial commands; master interface set by mode-select jumper
    Input Channels 5 (RC servo pulses or analog voltages)
    RC Pulse Measurements 12-bit resolution, 1 us accuracy
    Analog Measurements 10-bit resolution
    Serial interface Both RS-232 and TTL (logic level), bidirectional
    Baud rates Supports 11 common baud rates ranging from 1200 to 115,200 bps
    Expanded ProtocolAllows multiple servo and motor controllers on one serial line
    Compact Protocol Allows both motors 1 and 2 to be simultaneously set with just three bytes

     

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    I used this with the RB-JON-01 tank tread and beetle motors to make a small rc tank (http://www.gregkelley.org/blog/?p=139). My only complaint was the sonic whining. The jrk motor controllers don't have this problem, but they're the same price for only a single motor controller. Other than the whine, this motor controller is really impressive. Failsafe works very well, and instructions for calibrating inputs are clear. THIS IS NOT PLUG AND PLAY. You must calibrate at least channel 1. And if you want to power your receiver with the 5 volt output, it will not supply enough current to run servos off your receiver. The configuration utility for windows is easy to use. This board seems fairly robust, and the cheapest PWM dual motor controller with tank mixing for a small robot.