Single-Chip Motor Controller Enables Quieter, Smaller Precision Automation
The cSPIN, STMicroelectronics’ new single-chip motion controller, allows for the design of equipment such as robotics and industrial machines with quieter, smaller, and lighter precision movement and positioning systems, according to the company. (Source: STMicroelectronics)
Thanks for the perspective, naperlou. It seems that "less is more" is becoming a theme in motion-control systems, as smaller yet more complex devices require more precision and less bulk. Appreciate your comment.
Reducing the motor control function to a single chip is a great way to reduce component count. These functions are driven by physics and a broad range of motors, thus giving flexibility, but not requiring a fully generalized solution.
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