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Inmoco’s Magellan range of Motion Control Processors from Performance Motion Devices (PMD) provide chip-based motion control in scientific, automation, industrial and robotic applications.

The Magellan processors, in combination with PMD’s Pro-Motion and C-Motion development software, provide over 20 features to improve OEM machine designs and reduce time to market.

The Magellan Motion Control processors are available in one-, two-, three- and four-axis versions for the control of DC brush, brushless DC, microstepping, and pulse and direction motors.

Providing designers with a quick means of incorporating motion control functionality into demanding machine designs, they are complete, integrated motion control ICs, requiring only an external amplifier to be functional.

With its integrated design, Magellan is the core motion-control component in a variety of applications across industries that require very high position accuracy, reliability and stability.

It is at the heart of machines such as clinical blood analysers, semiconductor wafer-handling equipment, surface-inspection systems and three-dimensional printing systems.

The Magellan units are driven by a host, using an 8 or 16-bit parallel bus, CANBus 2.0B or an asynchronous serial port.

User-selectable profiling modes include S-curve, trapezoidal, velocity contouring and electronic gearing.

Servo-loop compensation utilises a full 32-bit position error, PID with velocity and acceleration feedforward, integration limit and dual bi-quad filters for sophisticated motion control of complex loads.

Supporting Magellan is Pro-Motion, a Microsoft Windows-based prototyping tool, to rapidly set up, tune and test motion-control systems that use the Magellan Motion Control Processor.

Pro-Motion optimises motion system applications by facilitating the setting and viewing of all parameters, and by the exercising of all features of a motion design.

It includes a step-by-step axis wizard that allows designers to quickly and easily tune control loops.

Complementing Pro-Motion is C-Motion, the motion-control programming library for Magellan that provides a set of callable C/C++ programming routines, which contain all the code required to communicate with and control Magellan within an application.

C-Motion enables application-specific C/C++ coding to be easily combined with C-Motion source code libraries.

All set-up and development software is included free with Magellan.

Two versions of Magellan are available from Inmoco: the multi-motor MC58000 series controls DC brush, brushless DC and microstepping, and the MC55000 series controls pulse and direction motors.

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