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2x DC Motor Phidget

ID: DCC1003_0
Recommended for new designs: This product (or a similar replacement with a compatible form, fit and function) is estimated to be available for ten years or more.

Control two DC motors from one VINT port with this compact motor controller.


Quantity Available: 204

Qty Price
5 $57.00
10 $54.00
25 $48.00
50 $42.00
100 $39.00
250 $36.00
500 $33.00
1000 $30.00

The DCC1003 gives you complete control of two DC motors of up to 4 amps each from one of the ports on your VINT hub. You can control motor velocity, acceleration and braking strength using commands from your software. The compact and enclosed form factor of the DCC1003 makes it easy for this Phidget to fit in smaller projects while still controlling motors with current ratings of up to 4 amps. See the Connection & Compatibility tab for a list of devices with VINT ports that can connect to this Phidget.

Reliability and Protection

A built in heatsink on this controller prevents it from overheating during operation.

The VINT port on this device is isolated from the rest of the board, greatly improving reliability and eliminating ground loops. Your VINT Hub and computer will also be safe in the event of a current spike coming back from the motor.

The power terminals on this device are polarity protected: if you happen to hook up the power supply backwards, the device simply won't power up and won't be damaged. There is also a fuse included on-board to protect the controller in an over-current event.


This Phidget is a smart device that must be controlled by a VINT Hub. For more information about VINT, have a look at the VINT Primer. You can use a Phidget Cable to simply and easily connect the two devices. Here's a list of all of the different VINT Hubs currently available:

Product Board
Image Part Number Price Number of VINT Ports Controlled By
HUB0000_0 $30.00 6 USB (Mini-USB)
HUB5000_0 $60.00 6 Local Network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi)
SBC3003_0 $120.00 6

Phidget Cables

Use a Phidget cable to connect this device to the hub. You can solder multiple cables together in order to make even longer Phidget cables, but you should be aware of the effects of having long wires in your system.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Cable Length
3002_0 $2.00 600 mm
3003_0 $1.50 100 mm
3004_0 $3.00 3.5 m
3034_0 $1.50 150 mm
3038_0 $2.25 1.2 m
3039_0 $2.75 1.8 m
CBL4104_0 $1.75 300 mm
CBL4105_0 $2.00 900 mm
CBL4106_0 $2.50 1.5 m

Power Guards

Using motor controllers with large motors can pose a risk for your power supply. If your supply does not have protective features built-in, you can use a Power Guard Phidget to prevent damage from power spikes from back EMF that is generated when motors brake or change direction. We recommend that you use the SAF2000 for any motor with a current rating between 1 and 5 amperes, and the SAF1000 for motors above 5A.

Image Part Number Price
SAF1000_0 $60.00
SAF2000_0 $10.00

DC Motors

We offer a wide variety of DC motors that can be used with this Phidget. Motors with higher gearbox ratios will have higher torque at the cost of lower speed. If you want a motor that has an encoder attached to it, skip ahead to the next table.

Product Motor Properties Physical Properties Gearbox Specifications
Image Part Number Price Maximum Speed at Rated Voltage Rated Torque Shaft Diameter Weight Gear Ratio Gearbox Type
3254_0 $10.00 230 RPM 200 g·cm 6 mm 128 g 10 : 1 Spur
3255_0 $10.00 127 RPM 310 g·cm 6 mm 133 g 18 : 1 Spur
3256_0 $11.00 46 RPM 820 g·cm 6 mm 137 g 50 : 1 Spur
3257_0 $11.00 23 RPM 1.6 kg·cm 6 mm 136 g 100 : 1 Spur
3261_0 $18.00 1080 RPM 240 g·cm 6 mm 144 g 3 1217 : 1 Planetary
3262_1 $18.00 285 RPM 900 g·cm 6 mm 170 g 13 212289 : 1 Planetary
3263_1 $20.50 78 RPM 3.1 kg·cm 6 mm 193 g 50 801895 : 1 Planetary
3265_0 $38.00 670 RPM 540 g·cm 8 mm 416 g 3 1217 : 1 Planetary
3266_0 $42.00 175 RPM 1.9 kg·cm 8 mm 464 g 13 212289 : 1 Planetary
3266_1 $42.00 175 RPM 1.9 kg·cm 8 mm 464 g 13 212289 : 1 Planetary
3267_0 $43.00 49 RPM 6.6 kg·cm 8 mm 526 g 50 801895 : 1 Planetary
3267_1 $43.00 49 RPM 6.6 kg·cm 8 mm 526 g 50 801895 : 1 Planetary
3268_1 $43.00 18 RPM 17.3 kg·cm 8 mm 526 g 139 184/1221 : 1 Planetary
3269_3 $69.00 588 RPM 5.1 kg·cm 12 mm 1.3 kg 4 14 : 1 Planetary
3270_2 $66.00
3272_2 $72.00 53 RPM 51 kg·cm 12 mm 1.7 kg 46 82125 : 1 Planetary
3273_2 $72.00 33 RPM 82.6 kg·cm 12 mm 1.7 kg 76 4964 : 1 Planetary
3274_2 $76.00 15 RPM 173 kg·cm 12 mm 2 kg 167 601625 : 1 Planetary
DCM4000_0 $40.00 3280 RPM 2.5 kg·cm 8 mm 1.4 kg
DCM4001_0 $80.00 772 RPM 10.6 kg·cm 12 mm 1.9 kg 4.25:1 Planetary
DCM4002_0 $82.00 182 RPM 45 kg·cm 12 mm 2.1 kg 18:1 Planetary
DCM4003_0 $84.00 50 RPM 162.5 kg·cm 12 mm 2.2 kg 65:1 Planetary
DCM4004_0 $50.00 3000 RPM 4.4 kg·cm 10 mm 2.7 kg
DCM4005_0 $60.00 3563 RPM 6.1 kg·cm 10 mm 3.3 kg

DC Linear Actuators

Linear actuators are simply DC motors that are hooked up to a linear screw which causes the shaft to move laterally instead of rotating. Unlike a rotary DC motor, linear actuators have a minimum and maximum position at which the shaft cannot contract or extend any further. On its own, the motor would not be smart enough to stop before attempting to push beyond these limits, possibly damaging the motor. That's why each linear actuator also has a built-in feedback potentiometer so you can monitor the position of the shaft and prevent the actuator from stalling out at its limits. The potentiometer can be read using one of the ports on your VINT Hub in VoltageRatioInput mode.

Product Motor Properties Electrical Properties Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Stroke Length Maximum Speed Peak Power Point Peak Efficiency Point Gear Ratio Rated Voltage Weight
3545_0 $100.00 150 mm 24 mm/s 350 N 24 V DC 995 g
3546_0 $100.00 150 mm 10 mm/s 750 N 24 V DC 1 kg
3547_0 $100.00 300 mm 24 mm/s 350 N 24 V DC 1.2 kg
3570_0 $80.00 50 mm 32 mm/s (@ 16 mm/s) 50 N (@ 24 mm/s) 24 N 35:1 12 V DC 56 g
3571_0 $80.00 100 mm 32 mm/s (@ 16 mm/s) 50 N (@ 24 mm/s) 24 N 35:1 12 V DC 74 g
3572_0 $80.00 140 mm 32 mm/s (@ 16 mm/s) 50 N (@ 24 mm/s) 24 N 35:1 12 V DC 84 g
3573_0 $80.00 50 mm 20 mm/s (@ 10 mm/s) 75 N (@ 15 mm/s) 38 N 63:1 12 V DC 56 g
3574_0 $80.00 100 mm 20 mm/s (@ 10 mm/s) 75 N (@ 15 mm/s) 38 N 63:1 12 V DC 74 g
3575_0 $80.00 140 mm 20 mm/s (@ 10 mm/s) 75 N (@ 15 mm/s) 38 N 63:1 12 V DC 84 g
3576_0 $80.00 50 mm 8 mm/s (@ 4 mm/s) 175 N (@ 7 mm/s) 75 N 150:1 12 V DC 56 g
3577_0 $80.00 100 mm 8 mm/s (@ 4 mm/s) 175 N (@ 7 mm/s) 75 N 150:1 12 V DC 74 g
3578_0 $80.00 140 mm 8 mm/s (@ 4 mm/s) 175 N (@ 7 mm/s) 75 N 150:1 12 V DC 84 g

Power Supplies

This Phidget requires a power supply between 8 and 30V DC. We recommend that you use a 12V DC power supply for smaller motors and a 24V supply for larger motors. Check your motor's specifications if you're not sure. For best performance, you should get a 5 amp supply. Select the power supply from the list below that matches your region's wall socket type.

Product Electrical Properties Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Power Supply Current Output Voltage Wall Plug Style
3022_0 $10.00 2 A 12 V Australian
3023_1 $10.00 2 A 12 V European
3024_1 $10.00 2 A 12 V North American
3025_0 $10.00 2 A 12 V British
3084_0 $1.50 500 mA 12 V European
3085_0 $1.50 500 mA 12 V North American
3086_0 $10.00 1 A 24 V North American
PSU4013_0 $20.00 2.5 A 24 V
PSU4014_0 $40.00 5 A 24 V
PSU4015_0 $20.00 1 A 24 V
PSU4016_0 $40.00 15 A 24 V
PSU4017_0 $75.00 15 A 24 V
PSU4018_0 $20.00 5 A 12 V

Power Supply Pigtail

You can use a pigtail wire if you want to avoid removing the barrel jack connector from your supply's cord:

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Connector A Connector B Cable Length Cable Gauge
3031_0 $2.75 Power Jack 5.5 x 2.1mm (Female) 2 Loose Wires 250 mm 20 AWG

Getting Started

Welcome to the DCC1003 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:

Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

DCC1003 Functional.jpeg
  1. Connect the DCC1003 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget cable.
  2. Connect the motors to the Phidget's output terminals.
  3. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.
  4. Connect the power supply to the DCC1003's GND and VCC terminals.

Now that you have everything together, let's start using the DCC1003!

Using the DCC1003

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the DCC1003, the Phidget Control Panel running on a Windows machine will be used.

The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines.


To open the Phidget Control Panel on Windows, find the Ph.jpg icon in the taskbar. If it is not there, open up the start menu and search for Phidget Control Panel

Windows PhidgetTaskbar.PNG


To open the Phidget Control Panel on macOS, open Finder and navigate to the Phidget Control Panel in the Applications list. Double click on the Ph.jpg icon to bring up the Phidget Control Panel.

For more information, take a look at the getting started guide for your operating system:

Linux users can follow the getting started with Linux guide and continue reading here for more information about the DCC1003.

First Look

After plugging the DCC1003 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

DCC1003 Panel.jpg

The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.

The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.

DC Motor

Double-click on the DC Motor object, labelled 2x DC Motor Phidget, in order to run the example:

DCC1003 DCMotor Example.jpg

General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:

  • Drag the Target Velocity slider from -1 (full reverse) to 1 (full forward) to make the motor move.
  • Manipulate the Acceleration slider to increase/decrease the amount of time it takes the DC Motor to reach a target velocity.
  • Manipulate the Current Limit slider to limit the amount of current provided to the motor. Higher current means more torque, but more power consumption.
  • Manipulate the Braking Duty Cycle slider to change how hard the motor brakes.
  • Manipulate the Current Regulator Gain: see the technical section for details on this.
  • Turn the fan on and off by selecting the fan mode. Auto mode will have the fan turn on whenever the controller starts to heat up.

Finding The Addressing Information

Before you can access the device in your own code, and from our examples, you'll need to take note of the addressing parameters for your Phidget. These will indicate how the Phidget is physically connected to your application. For simplicity, these parameters can be found by clicking the button at the top of the Control Panel example for that Phidget.

The locate Phidget button is found in the device information box

In the Addressing Information window, the section above the line displays information you will need to connect to your Phidget from any application. In particular, note the Channel Class field as this will be the API you will need to use with your Phidget, and the type of example you should use to get started with it. The section below the line provides information about the network the Phidget is connected on if it is attached remotely. Keep track of these parameters moving forward, as you will need them once you start running our examples or your own code.

All the information you need to address your Phidget

Using Your Own Program

You are now ready to start writing your own code for the device. The best way to do that is to start from our Code Samples.

Select your programming language of choice from the drop-down list to get an example for your device. You can use the options provided to further customize the example to best suit your needs.

Code Sample Choose Language.png

Once you have your example, you will need to follow the instructions on the page for your programming language to get it running. To find these instructions, select your programming language from the Programming Languages page.

Techincal Section

Power Consumption

The amount of power consumed by the DCC1003 depends on the motor voltage and current. The following graph shows how the power consumption varies with motor voltage at zero load:

DCC1003 power.jpg

Further Reading

For more information, have a look at the DC Motor and Controller Primer.

What to do Next

  • Programming Languages - Find your preferred programming language here and learn how to write your own code with Phidgets!
  • Phidget Programming Basics - Once you have set up Phidgets to work with your programming environment, we recommend you read our page on to learn the fundamentals of programming with Phidgets.

Product Specifications

Board Properties
Controlled By VINT
Controller Properties
Motor Type DC Motor
Number of Motor Ports 2
Acceleration Min 0.1 % Duty Cycle/s
Acceleration Max 100 % Duty Cycle/s
PWM Frequency 25 kHz
Sampling Interval Min 100 ms/sample
Sampling Interval Max 60 s/sample
Acceleration Resolution 0.1 Duty Cycle/s
Velocity Resolution 0.001 Duty Cycle
Current Limit Resolution 5.6 mA
Acceleration Time Min 20 ms
Acceleration Time Max 20 s
Electrical Properties
Continuous Motor Current Max (per motor) 4 A
Supply Voltage Min 8 V DC
Supply Voltage Max 30 V DC
Current Consumption (Unconfigured) (VINT Port) 500 μA
Current Consumption Max (VINT Port) 750 μA
Physical Properties
Recommended Wire Size 16 - 26 AWG
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C
For power consumption specifications, see the technical section of the User Guide.


Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
May 2019 0 102 Product Release
May 2019 0 110 Added failsafe timer functionality

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
DC Motor Controller DCMotor 0 - 1


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Product Controller Properties Electrical Properties Board Properties
Image Part Number Price Number of Motor Ports Velocity Resolution Acceleration Resolution Continuous Motor Current Max Controlled By
1064_1B $115.00 2 0.79 % Duty Cycle 1.9 % Duty Cycle/s (per motor) 14 A USB (Mini-USB)
1065_1B $75.00 1 0.39 % Duty Cycle 24.5 % Duty Cycle/s 5 A USB (Mini-USB)
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DCC1002_0 $40.00 1 0.001 Duty Cycle 0.1 Duty Cycle/s 4 A VINT
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