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Qik-ing off the New Year!


Happy New Year, Everybody!

I’m pleased to announce the release of two exciting new motor control products. The first is the qik 2s9v1 dual serial motor controller, which is an update to our original dual serial motor controller. Small microcontrollers have become much more powerful over the decade since we developed the first motor controller with a PIC12C508 (no hardware UART or PWM, no interrupts, and each small code change required UV-erasing a special windowed package!). The new AVR-based design takes advantage of hardware UARTs and hardware PWM to offer faster and more robust communication and motor control. We’ve also added LEDs for user feedback to make it easier to tell what the motor controller thinks you’re trying to make it do.

The second new product is a high-power discrete MOSFET h-bridge, which should provide new alternatives to those that needed a bit more voltage or current than the VNH2SP30 motor driver could provide.

We also forgot to mention our new carrier board for the ST LISY300AL gyro. As usual, we’ve kept the board small but usable, with mounting holes and an on-board voltage regulator for those still in the 5V world (robot electronics with high-power motors need good noise margins!).

Happy robot building!

- Jan