Products for USB Sensing and Control
1061_1 - PhidgetAdvancedServo 8-Motor
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Product Features

Control up to 8 RC servo motors or actuators with this controller board. Connects to your computer via USB.
Product Description

The PhidgetAdvancedServo 8-Motor allows you to control the position, velocity, and acceleration of up to 8 RC servo motors. It requires a 6-15VDC external power supply; its switching power supply allows the 1061 to efficiently operate from 6 to 15 VDC and can be used with a wide range of batteries. All our power supplies can be used with the 1061.

The 1061 has a high resolution of 125 steps per degree; it measures the power consumption of each servo and its switching regulator protects the motors from overvoltage. It powers servo motors of up to 3.4 Amps.

The 1061 continuously measures the current consumed by each motor with an accuracy of ±10%.

The AdvancedServo connects directly to a computer’s USB port.

Product Specifications

Servo Controller

API Object NameAdvancedServo
Number of Motor Ports8
Pulse Width Min83.3 ns
Pulse Width Max2.7 ms
Pulse Width Resolution83.3 ns
Pulse Code Period Max25 ms

Electrical Properties

Supply Voltage Min6 V DC
Supply Voltage Max15 V DC
Current Consumption Max26 mA
Continuous Motor Current Max(per motor) 1.6 A
Overcurrent Trigger(combined) 12 A
Surge Current Max(per motor) 3 A
Output Impedance (Motor)600 Ω
Output Motor Voltage5 V DC
USB SpeedFull Speed

Physical Properties

Power Jack Hole Diameter5.5 mm
Power Jack Pin Diameter2.1 mm
Power Jack PolarityCenter Positive
Recommended Wire Size12 - 24 AWG
Object Temperature Min0 °C
Object Temperature Max70 °C

Note:: Current from USB supply is not available for motors.
Comes packaged with


We do not carry enclosures for the 1061_1, because motor controllers are prone to overheating when kept in enclosed spaces for extended periods of time with no airflow.


*When you download the sample code, look in the "AdvancedServoExamples" folder, not the "ServoExamples" folder.

Each servo motor behaves slightly differently. The Phidgets API provides calibration parameters for a number of different models of servo motors; however these values are generic with respect to the model and not specific to each individual unit. It is possible to generate your own values through some manual calibration in the event that your application requires very accurate control or if you are using a servo for which default values are not provided. Read the following manual to find out how to do it.

Previous Versions of the 1061

Servo Motors

If you need some motors, we do carry a good variety of servo motors with different amount of torque, different material for the gear trains and different amount of travel; we also offer continuous rotation servos.