September 30, 2022

By Tom Atwood

PMD ProdigyCME 400x275What is it? The Prodigy/CME Machine-Controller boards provide high-performance motion control for medical, scientific, automation, industrial, and robotic applications. Available in 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-axis configurations, these boards support DC Brush, Brushless DC, and step motors and allow user-written C-language code to be downloaded and run directly on the board. 

The Prodigy/CME Machine-Controller has on-board Atlas amplifiers that eliminate the need for external amplifiers. To build a fully functioning system, users only need a power supply, motors, and cabling. Host interface options include Ethernet UDP and TCP, CANbus, RS-232, and RS-485. At the core of every Prodigy/CME Machine-Controller Board is a Magellan IC, which speaks PMD's common language C-Motion, ensuring compatibility with the entire range of PMD motion control products.

Key features:

  • Available in 1, 2, 3, and 4-axis configurations
  • Uses PMD’s advanced Magellan Motion Processor
  • Supports DC Brush, Brushless DC, and step motors
  • On-board high performance Atlas amplifiers
  • S-curve, trapezoidal, electronic gearing, and velocity-contouring
  • Ethernet, CANbus and serial communications
  • Board-level execution of user application code at 96 MIPs
  • High speed loop rate: 50 μsec/axis
  • Up to 256 microsteps per full step resolution
  • Up to 1KW peak output power per axis
  • Extensive fault detection including over and undervoltage, motor short, and overtemp
  • Single voltage supply drives motors and board logic
  • Profile and servo changes on-the-fly
  • Advanced PID filter with feedforward and dual biquad filters
  • High-speed hardware performance trace (up to 468 KB)
  • 8 channels of high precision 16-bit analog input and output
  • 12+ channels of general purpose digital I/O
  • Two directional limit switches, high speed index, and home inputs per axis
  • C-Motion Engine development tools
  • Support for external amplifiers via +/- 10V analog output
  • Includes Pro-Motion, C-Motion and VB-Motion development software

For more details on the technology, visit the Performance Motion Devices website here.

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