Brushed DC Motor Controller Module Offers Control Options
Providing variable speed control for 12-V brushed DC motors at up to 40 A, Luminary Micro’s Jaguar MDL-BDC brushed DC motor controller module exhibits motor speed control via a R-C servo-type (PWM) interface or a CAN interface. The CAN communications interface delivers real-time monitoring of current, voltage, speed, and other parameters; configurability of module options, including tuning of motor control parameters; and the ability to load module firmware. The device includes a status LED that indicates run, direction, and fault conditions; a motor brake/coast selector, forward and reverse limit switch inputs, analog inputs, and quadrature encoder interfaces. The module uses motion control software and a 32-bit Stellaris MCU to implement multiple motion control algorithms, such as open-loop speed control and closed-loop control of speed, position, or motor current. A DK-BDC reference design kit is available to ship with the module. Pricing is $109 alone or $219 with the kit.