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16x RC Servo Phidget

ID: RCC1000_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 position, velocity, and acceleration of 16 RC servos with just one VINT port.

$60.00 Quantity Available: 222 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 RC Servo Phidget can control up to 16 RC servo motors. This Phidget connects to your computer through a VINT Hub. Featrures • Control the position, velocity, and acceleration of each individual servo motor • Set the minimum and maximum pulse width for each servo, and the actual position values they correspond to in code. • Powered externally by an 8-30V supply • Provides a total of up to 20A of regulated power to its servos. • Control the regulator and choose a global voltage of 5.0V, 6.0V, or 7.4V. Technical Details: • Isolation - The VINT hub and the computer will be protected if anything goes wrong with your circuit • Polarity Protection - The device will not turn on and will not be damaged if the power supply is connected backward • Overcurrent Protection - Onboard fuse to protect the controller in an over-current event VINT Hubs 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 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

Servo Motors

The 16x RC Servo Phidget can drive up to 16 servo motors, up to a total maximum of 20 amps of current. Each of the servo motors in the list below is compatible with this Phidget and plugs directly to the board with no extra cables or soldering required. Servos come in two major varieties: limited rotation and continuous rotation. With limited rotation servos, the motor has a limited range of motion, but can be precisely controlled within that range. A continuous rotation servo can rotate continuously, but you won't be able to tell the servo to move to a specific location in degrees; instead you'll specify a direction and speed and for it to rotate at.

Product Motor Properties
Image Part Number Price Motor Type Range of Rotation Rated Torque Rated Speed
3000_1 $12.00 Limited Rotation Servo 180° 3 kg·cm 286°/s 3200_0$52.00 Limited Rotation Servo 180° 19.8 kg·cm 125°/s
3201_0 $57.75 Limited Rotation Servo Approx. 2700° 11 kg·cm 225°/s 3202_0$18.75 Continuous Rotation Servo 2.8 kg·cm 44 RPM
3203_0 $19.00 Limited Rotation Servo 180° 4.8 kg·cm 272°/s 3204_0$40.50 Limited Rotation Servo 180° 7.7 kg·cm 300°/s
3205_1 $11.00 Limited Rotation Servo 175° 2.2 kg·cm 545°/s 3207_0$10.00 Limited Rotation Servo 180° 2.4 kg·cm 375°/s
3209_0 $8.00 Limited Rotation Servo 180° 3.5 kg·cm 400°/s 3212_0$18.00 Continuous Rotation Servo 12.2 kg·cm 50 RPM

Power Supplies

This Phidget requires a power supply between 8 and 30V DC. We recommend that you use a 12V 5A DC power supply in most cases, but if you plan on using servos that add up to more than 5 Amps, you will want to get a power supply with a higher current rating. Select a 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 14.6 A 24 V PSU4017_0$75.00 15 A 24 V
PSU4018_0 $20.00 5 A 12 V PSU4019_0$120.00 25 A 24 V

Part 1: Setup

Select Device

Your Phidget must be connected to a device with a VINT port using a 3-wire Phidget cable.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

If you're unsure which one you should get, press ⊞ WIN + Pause/Break:

3a. Select Next

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3b. Read the Licence Agreement. Select Next.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Choose Installation Location. Select Next.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3d. Confirm Install

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. Installation Complete. Close installation Window.

Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect USB Cable to your Windows Computer

● Connect VINT Device(s)

Step 3: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

Step 3: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

For more help installing in Windows (e.g. manual install, using a VM, etc.), visit this page:

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3a. Select Continue

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Here, you have the option to select the installation location. Select Install to continue.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. You may see a message that the extension has been blocked. Select Open Security Preferences.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3g. Beside the message for Phidgets Inc, Click Allow.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3h. Installation Complete, Click Close.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3i. To delete the installer, click Move to Trash.

Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect USB Cable to your Mac

● Connect VINT Device(s)

Step 3: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

Step 3: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

1. First, you need to install the libusb-1.0 development libraries. For example, in Debian based distributions:

apt-get install libusb-1.0-0-dev

You’ll also need a C compiler and builder, if you don’t already have one installed.

apt-get install gcc
apt-get install make

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3. Use the following commands in the location you unpacked to install the library:

./configure
make
sudo make install

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

4. (Optional) You can also download and unpack the following optional packages:

phidget22networkserver - Phidget Network Server, which enables the use of Phidgets over your network

phidget22admin - Admin tool to track who is connected to your Phidgets when using the network server

libphidget22extra - Required for phidget22networkserver and phidget22admin

libphidget22java - The Java libraries for Phidget22

For installation instructions for these packages, see the README file included with each one.

Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect USB Cable to your Linux Computer

● Connect VINT Device(s)

Step 3: Verify Connection

1. The easiest way to verify that your libraries are working properly is to compile and run an example program. Download and unpack this C example that will detect any Phidget:

Step 3: Verify Connection

2. Next, open the terminal in the location where you unpacked the example. Compile and run using:

gcc HelloWorld.c -o HelloWorld -lphidget22
sudo ./HelloWorld

ou should receive a “Hello” line for each Phidget channel that is discovered:

I don’t see any Phidgets show up in the HelloWorld example

You need to run it with sudo in order to be able to access USB devices. In order to use Phidgets without sudo, you need to set your udev rules. See the Advanced Information page on the final slide of this guide for details.

Done!

If you're able to see your devices in the Hello World example, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

If you're unsure which one you should get, press ⊞ WIN + Pause/Break:

3a. Select Next

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3b. Read the Licence Agreement. Select Next.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Choose Installation Location. Select Next.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3d. Select Next to confirm install.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. Installation Complete. Close installation Window.

Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch (optional)

Step 3: Verify Connection

Choose a setup method:

Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

2. On your mobile device, go to the Wi-Fi settings and connect to the HUB5000:

Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Once your device is connected to the HUB5000’s WiFi signal:

Click on the WiFi network and find an option that says “Manage router” or “Visit homepage”.

Go to your internet browser and type 192.168.100.1 in the address bar.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use it to access the Configure Page from now on.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

6. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

7. Enter your Wifi Network details and click Save & Apply. It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

Step 4: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

Step 4: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

For more help installing in Windows (e.g. manual install, using a VM, etc.), visit this page:

Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

3. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Enter your Wifi Network details to use your Hub wirelessly and click Save & Apply. You can then disconnect the ethernet cable.

It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

Step 4: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

Step 4: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

For more help installing in Windows (e.g. manual install, using a VM, etc.), visit this page:

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3a. Select Continue

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Here, you have the option to select the installation location. Select Install.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. You may see a message that the extension has been blocked. Select Open Security Preferences.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3g. Beside the message for Phidgets Inc, Click Allow.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3h. Installation Complete, Click Close.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3i. To delete the installer, click Move to Trash.

Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch (optional)

Step 3: Verify Connection

Choose a setup method:

Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

2. On your mobile device, go to the Wi-Fi settings and connect to the HUB5000:

Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Once your device is connected to the HUB5000’s WiFi signal:

Click on the WiFi network and find an option that says “Manage router” or “Visit homepage”.

Go to your internet browser and type 192.168.100.1 in the address bar.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

6. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

7. Enter your Wifi Network details and click Save & Apply. It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

Step 4: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidget Control Panel:

Step 4: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

3. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Enter your Wifi Network details to use your Hub wirelessly and click Save & Apply. You can then disconnect the ethernet cable.

It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

Step 4: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidget Control Panel:

Step 4: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

1. First, you need to install the libusb-1.0 development libraries. For example, in Debian based distributions:

apt-get install libusb-1.0-0-dev

You’ll also need a C compiler and builder, if you don’t already have one installed.

apt-get install gcc
apt-get install make

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3. Use the following commands in the location you unpacked to install the library:

./configure
make
sudo make install

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

4. (Optional) You can also download and unpack the following optional packages:

phidget22networkserver - Phidget Network Server, which enables the use of Phidgets over your network

phidget22admin - Admin tool to track who is connected to your Phidgets when using the network server

libphidget22extra - Required for phidget22networkserver and phidget22admin

libphidget22java - The Java libraries for Phidget22

For installation instructions for these packages, see the README file included with each one.

Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch (optional)

Step 3: Verify Connection

Choose a setup method:

Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

2. On your mobile device, go to the Wi-Fi settings and connect to the HUB5000:

Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Once your device is connected to the HUB5000’s WiFi signal:

Click on the WiFi network and find an option that says “Manage router” or “Visit homepage”.

Go to your internet browser and type 192.168.100.1 in the address bar.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

6. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

7. Enter your Wifi Network details and click Save & Apply. It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

Step 4: Verify Connection

1. The easiest way to verify that your libraries are working properly is to compile and run an example program. Download and unpack this C example that will detect any Phidget:

Step 3: Verify Connection

2. Next, open the terminal in the location where you unpacked the example. Compile and run using:

gcc HelloWorld.c -o HelloWorld -lphidget22
sudo ./HelloWorld

ou should receive a “Hello” line for each Phidget channel that is discovered:

I don’t see any Phidgets show up in the HelloWorld example

You need to run it with sudo in order to be able to access USB devices. In order to use Phidgets without sudo, you need to set your udev rules. See the Advanced Information page on the final slide of this guide for details.

Done!

If you're able to see your devices in the Hello World example, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

3. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Enter your Wifi Network details to use your Hub wirelessly and click Save & Apply. You can then disconnect the ethernet cable.

It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

Step 4: Verify Connection

1. The easiest way to verify that your libraries are working properly is to compile and run an example program. Download and unpack this C example that will detect any Phidget:

Step 3: Verify Connection

2. Next, open the terminal in the location where you unpacked the example. Compile and run using:

gcc HelloWorld.c -o HelloWorld -lphidget22
sudo ./HelloWorld

ou should receive a “Hello” line for each Phidget channel that is discovered:

I don’t see any Phidgets show up in the HelloWorld example

You need to run it with sudo in order to be able to access USB devices. In order to use Phidgets without sudo, you need to set your udev rules. See the Advanced Information page on the final slide of this guide for details.

Done!

If you're able to see your devices in the Hello World example, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

If you're unsure which one you should get, press ⊞ WIN + Pause/Break:

3a. Select Next.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3b. Read the Licence Agreement. Select Next.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Choose Installation Location. Select Next.

3d. Select Next.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. Installation Complete. Close installation Window.

Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch in the same network as your Windows PC

Step 3: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

Step 3: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

Now that the SBC's ethernet connection is verified, it can be connected to wifi.

If you don't have a USB wifi adapter or you're planning to stay on ethernet, you can scroll down to

Step 4: Connect Wireless

2. Create a password for your SBC. You'll use this to access the configuration page from now on.

Step 4: Connect Wireless

3. Navigate to Network -> Wireless. Select your Network, enter the wifi password and select Add This Network.

Step 4: Connect Wireless

4. Scroll down to your saved networks, click on your network and select Join This Network.

Step 4: Connect Wireless

5. It should now say connected in the status column.

You can now unplug the ethernet cable.

Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

For more help installing in Windows (e.g. manual install, using a VM, etc.), visit this page:

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3a. Select Continue

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Here, you have the option to select the installation location. Select Install.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. You may see a message that the extension has been blocked. Select Open Security Preferences.

3g. Click Allow.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3h. Installation Complete, Click Close.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3i. To delete the installer, click Move to Trash.

Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch in the same network as your Mac

Step 3: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidget Control Panel:

Step 3: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

Now that the SBC's ethernet connection is verified, it can be connected to wifi.

If you don't have a USB wifi adapter or you're planning to stay on ethernet, you can scroll down to

Step 4: Connect Wireless

2. Create a password for your SBC. You will use this to access the configuration page from now on.

Step 4: Connect Wireless

3. Navigate to Network -> Wireless. Select your Network, enter the wifi password and select Add This Network.

Step 4: Connect Wireless

4. Scroll down to your saved networks, click on your network and select Join This Network.

Step 4: Connect Wireless

5. It should now say connected in the status column.

You can now unplug the ethernet cable.

Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

1. First, you need to install the libusb-1.0 development libraries. For example, in Debian based distributions:

apt-get install libusb-1.0-0-dev

You’ll also need a C compiler and builder, if you don’t already have one installed.

apt-get install gcc
apt-get install make

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3. Use the following commands in the location you unpacked to install the library:

./configure
make
sudo make install

Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

4. (Optional) You can also download and unpack the following optional packages:

phidget22networkserver - Phidget Network Server, which enables the use of Phidgets over your network

phidget22admin - Admin tool to track who is connected to your Phidgets when using the network server

libphidget22extra - Required for phidget22networkserver and phidget22admin

libphidget22java - The Java libraries for Phidget22

For installation instructions for these packages, see the README file included with each one.

Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch in the same network as your Linux machine

Step 3: Verify Connection

1. The easiest way to verify that your libraries are working properly is to compile and run an example program. Download and unpack this C example that will detect any Phidget:

Step 3: Verify Connection

2. Next, open the terminal in the location where you unpacked the example. Compile and run using:

gcc HelloWorld.c -o HelloWorld -lphidget22
sudo ./HelloWorld

If everything is working, you should receive a “Hello” line for each Phidget channel that is discovered:

I don’t see any Phidgets show up in the HelloWorld example

You need to run it with sudo in order to be able to access USB devices. In order to use Phidgets without sudo, you need to set your udev rules. See the Advanced Information page on the final slide of this guide for details.

Now that the SBC's ethernet connection is verified, it can be connected to wifi.

If you don't have a USB wifi adapter or you're planning to stay on ethernet, you can scroll down to

Step 4: Connect Wireless

If you're using a terminal-only Linux machine, use the browser on your phone instead.

(If you use a phone, you need to enter the IP address your router assigned to the SBC instead of phidgetsbc.local)

Step 4: Connect Wireless

2. Create a password for your SBC. You will use this to access the configuration page from now on.

Step 4: Connect Wireless

3. Navigate to Network -> Wireless. Select your Network, enter the wifi password and select Add This Network.

Step 4: Connect Wireless

4. Scroll down to your saved networks, click on your network and select Join This Network.

Step 4: Connect Wireless

5. It should now say connected in the status column.

You can now unplug the ethernet cable.

Step 4: Connect Wireless

6. Run the HelloWorld example again to confirm that your Phidgets are accessible over wifi.

Done!

If you're able to see your devices in the Hello World example, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

The RC Servo Phidget can control the position, velocity, and acceleration of up to 16 RC servo motors. It is powered externally by an 8-30V supply, providing a total of up to 20A of regulated power to its servos. You can control the regulator and choose a global voltage of 5.0V, 6.0V, or 7.4V. A servo will have more torque when running at a higher voltage but will have a shorter overall lifespan.

Explore Your Phidget Channels Using The Control Panel

1. Open your Control Panel, and you will find the following channels:

2. Double click on a channel to open an example program. Each channel belongs to the RCServo channel class:

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RC Servo Motor Controller: Controls the position, velocity limit, acceleration and supply voltage of a servo motor

In your Control Panel, double click on "RC Servo Motor Controller":

Part 4: Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting

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How do I know what channel, serial number, or hub port to use in my program?

Before you open a Phidget channel in your program, you can set these properties to specify which channel to open. You can find this information through the Control Panel.

1. Open the Control Panel and double-click on the red map pin icon:

2. The Addressing Information window will open. Here you will find all the information you need to address your Phidget in your program.

See the Phidget22 API for your language to determine exact syntax for each property.

Selecting Min and Max Pulse Width

The easiest way to determine the minimum and maximum pulse width is to check your servo's datasheet or specification table and use the numbers provided. If you do not have the numbers, you can determine the maximum and minimum pulse width by following this process:

• Set the minimum to 1000us and the maximum to 1001us as a starting point
• Reduce the minimum to 900us and hit apply. Enable the servo and test moving to the minimum position value, and then return to the maximum. If the servo doesn’t vibrate or make a buzzing noise, you can continue to reduce the minimum and repeat this process.
• When the servo eventually vibrates or makes a buzzing noise, it means it's stalled out and you've gone past its minimum. If this happens, continue increasing the minimum by small amounts until there is no buzzing or vibration when holding the minimum position.
• Repeat this process for the maximum pulse width, increasing the maximum setting until the motor stalls out. Then adjust lower to hit the maximum value without the motor stalling.

This process is important because selecting a minimum or maximum pulse width that results in the motor stalling could have an impact on the motor's lifespan.

If you have a continuous rotation servo, you do not have to worry about the motor stalling. Increase the maximum and decrease the minimum until you reach the servo's maximum speed.

Synchronization of Multiple Servo Motors

Many applications call for several servo motors operating in unison - for example, operating a CNC table, or a robot arm. Highly precise synchronization of servos using the RCC1000 is not possible, as the sequencing will be affected by the real-time performance of your operating system. Each servo is controlled as an independent unit, so there is no way of arranging for a particular action to happen to all motors at the same time. Typical jitter can be 10-30mS.

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Channel NameAPIChannel
RC Servo Motor Controller RCServo 0 - 15

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Product Specifications

Board Properties
Controlled By VINT
Servo Controller
Number of Motor Ports 16
Pulse Width Min 63 ns
Pulse Width Max 4 ms
Pulse Width Resolution 63 ns
Pulse Code Period 20 ms
Electrical Properties
Supply Voltage Min 8 V DC
Supply Voltage Max 30 V DC
Continuous Motor Current Max (Total) 20 A
Selectable Output Voltage Levels 5.0, 6.0, 7.4 VDC
Current Consumption Max 20 A
Current Consumption Min 10 mA
Output Impedance (Motor) 100 Ω
Replacement Fuse 20A Slow Blow Blade Type, Standard or Micro
Physical Properties
Recommended Wire Size 12 - 24 AWG
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C
Customs Information
American HTS Import Code 8471.80.40.00
Country of Origin CN (China)

Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
January 2018 0 106 Product Release
May 2019 0 110 Added failsafe functionality
June 2019 0 111 Fixed spurious "TargetPositionReached" triggers

Have a look at our servo controllers:

Product Servo Controller
Image Part Number Price Number of Motor Ports Pulse Width Resolution
1066_1B $35.00 1 83.3 ns RCC0004_0$85.00 8 83.3 ns
RCC1000_0 \$60.00 16 63 ns