The MAX™ family of multi-axis motion controllers has a new type of architecture that provides better servo control and performance than any controller in its class. The architecture uses the PowerPC, 32-bit floating point RISC processor, which runs at 266 MHz. Signals, data points and the PIC loop all update every 122 µsec on all 8 axis. The CPU works with SDRAM and Flash memory for firmware storage. Unique and custom applications are possible through the controller's 64k of shared memory, which allows near real-time data transfer between an application program and the controller. They offer better electrical and mechanical characteristics, with one 120-pin shielded cable and one 25-pin ribbon, less cable than the best competitors' models. The MAXp is a universal dual-voltage board, and is Rev 2.2 compliant, which makes it compatible with the current 3.3/5.0V dc PCI computers. The MAXv VME controller complies with the VME64 bus specification ISO/IEC 15776:2001 (E), and is also backward compatible to the OMS VME58 controller. It has two analog outputs, two encoder inputs, six analog inputs and 16 digital I/O. The running application can control parameters like temperature and pressure with independent analog inputs. Precision and control can be boosted with two extra encoder inputs. There is also an OEM version of MAXv that has no front panel connections. MAX controllers are versatile enough to be customized to individual needs. They are made for any applications requiring multi-axis motion control, including just about any robot or automated machine.
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