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16x RC Servo Phidget

ID: RCC1000_0

Control position, velocity, and acceleration of 16 RC servos with just one VINT port.


Quantity Available: 78

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

Perfect for robotics projects, this impressive Servo Phidget can control up to 16 RC servo motors independently from a single port on your VINT hub (See the "Compatible Products" tab for a list of hubs). It is powered externally by a 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. Check your servo's data sheet and balance the voltage for your specific application.

User-friendly and Highly Compatible

You can control the position, velocity and acceleration of each servo motor with non-blocking methods in our API. You can also set the minimum and maximum pulse width for each servo, and the actual position they correspond to. This allows you to use a wide variety of servos, not just the ones sold here at Phidgets.

Safety and Reliability

This Phidget comes with a number of safety features built-in. The power terminal has polarity protection, so you won't fry your board or your servos if you connect the power supply backwards. The voltage regulator that converts the 8-30V to the user specified voltage will automatically limit the current to a safe level, and a fuse protects the device from power surges. The VINT port is electrically isolated from the rest of the board, making it simple to build a reliable, high-current system.

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
Output Motor Voltage 5 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
Physical Properties
Recommended Wire Size 12 - 24 AWG
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
RC Servo Motor Controller RCServo 0 - 15


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Library & Driver Downloads

Code Samples

RCServo C Multiple Download
RCServo C# Windows Download
RCServo Java Multiple Download
RCServo Java Android Download
RCServo JavaScript Nodejs Download
RCServo JavaScript Browser Download
RCServo Objective-C macOS Download
RCServo Swift macOS Download
RCServo Swift iOS Download
RCServo Python Multiple Download
RCServo Visual Basic .NET Windows Download


Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
January 20180106Product Release

Getting Started

Welcome to the RCC1000 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:

Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

  1. Connect the RCC1000 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget cable.
  2. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.
  3. Connect one or more servo motors to the RCC1000.
  4. Connect the power supply to the green power terminals on the RCC1000.

Now that you have everything together, let's start using the RCC1000!

Using the RCC1000

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the RCC1000, 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. If you would like to follow along, first 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 RCC1000.

First Look

After plugging the RCC1000 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

RCC1000 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.

RC Servo

Double-click on the RCServo object, labelled RC Servo Motor Controller, in order to run the example:

RCC1000 Servo 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:

  • Motor calibration options are provided. You can change the minimum and maximum pulse widths for your RC servo motor in the appropriate boxes. You can also change which position these pulse widths map to.
  • The SpeedRampingState checkbox lets the RCC1000 know whether or not to take the Acceleration and Velocity values into account when moving the RC servo motor.
  • Use the Position slider to change the target position and move the RC servo motor.

Technical Details

Selecting Min and Max Pulse Width

The easiest way to determine the range of pulse widths to use 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 them by following this process:

  • Set the minimum to 1000us and the maximum to 1001us. This will probably be a safe midpoint to start from.
  • Reduce the minimum to 900us and hit apply. Enable the servo and test moving the position to either extreme.
  • Continue to reduce the minimum and test the range. If at any point the servo vibrates or makes a buzzing noise, it means it's stalled out and you've gone past its minimum. Continue increasing the minimum until there is no buzzing or vibration when holding the minimum position.
  • Repeat this process for the maximum pulse width, increasing it until the motor stalls out and then decreasing until it doesn't.

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 it spends a lot of time holding position at those locations.

If you have a continuous rotation servo, you don't have to worry about it stalling so you can just 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 a 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.

Further Reading

For more information on servo motors and controllers, check the Servo Motor and Controller Primer.

What to do Next

  • Software Overview - Find your preferred programming language here to learn how to write your own code with Phidgets!
  • General Phidget Programming - Read this general guide to the various aspects of programming with Phidgets. Learn how to log data into a spreadsheet, use Phidgets over the network, and much more.
  • Phidget22 API - The API is a universal library of all functions and definitions for programming with Phidgets. Just select your language and device and it'll give you a complete list of all properties, methods, events, and enumerations that are at your disposal.


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
HUB0000_0 $30.00 6
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

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 Maximum Speed at Rated Voltage
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 $12.50 Limited Rotation Servo 180° 2.4 kg·cm 375°/s
3209_0 $10.00 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 Voltage Min Power Supply Voltage Max Power Supply Current Wall Plug Style
3022_0 $10.00 11.4 V DC 12.6 V DC 2 A Australian
3023_1 $10.00 11.4 V DC 12.6 V DC 2 A European
3024_1 $10.00 11.4 V DC 12.6 V DC 2 A North American
3025_0 $10.00 11.4 V DC 12.6 V DC 2 A British
3080_0 $25.00 11.4 V DC 12.6 V DC 5 A Australian
3081_0 $25.00 11.4 V DC 12.6 V DC 5 A European
3082_0 $25.00 11.4 V DC 12.6 V DC 5 A North American
3083_0 $25.00 11.4 V DC 12.6 V DC 5 A British
3084_0 $4.50 11.4 V DC 12.6 V DC 500 mA European
3085_0 $4.50 11.4 V DC 12.6 V DC 500 mA North American
3086_0 $10.00 22.8 V DC 25.2 V DC 1 A North American
PSU4015_0 $20.00 1 A
PSU4016_0 $40.00 15 A
PSU4017_0 $75.00 15 A

Have a look at our servo controllers:

Product Servo Controller
Image Part Number Price Number of Motor Ports Pulse Width Resolution
1061_1B $85.00 8 83.3 ns
1066_1B $35.00 1 83.3 ns
RCC1000_0 $60.00 16 63 ns