Products for USB Sensing and Control
1061_0 - PhidgetAdvancedServo 8-Motor - Discontinued

Product Features

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

Replaced by the 1061_1 - PhidgetAdvancedServo 8-Motor.

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

Pulse Code Period Typical: 20ms - Maximum: 25ms
Minimum Pulse Width 83.3ns
Maximum Pulse Width 2.7307ms
Output Controller Update Rate Typical: 31 updates/second
Output Impedance (control) 600 Ohms
Position Resolution 0.0078125º (15-bit)
Lower Position Limit -22.9921875º
Upper Position Limit 233º
Velocity Resolution 0.390625º/s (14-bit)
Velocity Limit 6400º/s
Acceleration Resolution 19.53125º/s2 (14-bit)
Acceleration Limit 320000º/s2
Time Resolution 83.3ns
Minimum Power Supply Voltage 6V
Maximum Power Supply Voltage 15V
Power Jack Dimensions 5.5x2.1mm
Power Jack Polarity Center Positive
Max Motor Current Continuous(individual) 1.6A
Max Motor Current (Surge) 3 A
Motor Overcurrent Trigger (combined) 12A
Operating Motor Voltage 5.0V
Device Current Consumption 26mA max
Operating Temperature 0 - 70°C
Note:: Current from USB supply is not available for motors.
Comes packaged with


We do not carry enclosures for the 1061_0, because motor controllers are prone to overheating when kept in enclosed spaces for extended periods of time with no airflow.


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.

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.