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Prodigy PCI Programmable Motion Cards with Ethernet Connectivity
The Prodigy family of motion cards, well suited for robotic applications, now has board-level C-Motion programming.
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Jul 01, 2009

The Prodigy/CME PCI card is an ideal solution for demanding scientific, automation, industrial, and robotic applications.

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Performance Motion Devices’ Prodigy family of motion cards, well suited for robotic applications, now has board-level C-Motion programming, expanded design flexibility, and extended connectivity options.



Performance Motion Devices, Inc. (PMD) has announced the newest addition to its latest advancement in the Prodigy® family of motion cards, the Prodigy/CME PCI card. Just like PMD’s PC/104 and Stand-Alone card options, the new programmable PCI card provides machine designers the capability to download and run motion programs directly on the cards. This new capability off-loads the PC host and increases the flexibility to distribute motion programs throughout the machine.

The Prodigy/CME PCI card is an ideal solution for demanding scientific, automation, industrial, and robotic applications. These motion control cards support multiple motor types, including DC brush, brushless DC, microstepping, and step motors. Prodigy/CME PCI cards are available in 1, 2, 3, and 4-axis versions and are designed in surface mount technology. PMD’s development software ships with each card, and includes Pro-Motion® GUI, C-Motion® API, and VB-Motion®.

C-Motion® Engine
Programming is made easy with C-Motion®, a source code library of motion commands for development of C/C++ programs that run on the Prodigy Motion Cards. PMD’s C-Motion® Engine stores and independently runs the downloaded motion control code on the Prodigy Motion Cards.

Prodigy cards provide high performance board-level motion control for scientific, industrial, robotic, and general purpose automation applications. These cards support multiple motor types including DC brush, brushless DC, step, and microstepping motors, and are available in 1, 2, 3, and 4-axis versions. Based on PMD’s industry leading Magellan® Motion Processor, the Prodigy cards provide user-selectable profile modes including S-curve, trapezoidal, velocity contouring, and electronic gearing. Servo loop compensation utilizes a full 32-bit position error, PID with velocity and acceleration feedforward, integration limit and dual biquad filters for sophisticated control of complex loads. Prodigy Motion Cards come with serial, CAN and Ethernet communications options. The new motion cards are available in OEM quantities starting at $575.

Contact
Ron Pulicari
Marketing Communications Manager
Performance Motion Devices
781.674.9860 ext. 249


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