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Brushless DC Motor Phidget

ID: DCC1100_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 a brushless DC motor from your VINT Hub. The hall effect input enables easy position and velocity control.


Quantity Available: 968

Qty Price
5 $61.75
10 $58.50
25 $52.00
50 $45.50
100 $42.25
250 $39.00
500 $35.75
1000 $32.50

The DCC1100 requires an 8-30V DC power supply and can control one brushless DC motor. The motor must have hall-effect feedback for this controller to function. The DCC1100 has a 5-pin Molex connector to interface with the motor's hall-effect output. This Phidget connects to your computer through a VINT Hub.


  • Control motor velocity, acceleration, and braking strength - Forward and reverse
  • Set a specific target position
  • Monitor Temperature - Your program can react to changes in controller temperature.

Technical Details:

  • Isolation - The VINT port on this device is isolated, improving reliability and eliminating ground loops
  • Overcurrent Protection - Onboard fuse to protect the controller in an over-current event
  • Overheating Protection - A built-in heatsink prevents overheating
  • Failsafe Protection - Set the device to turn off automatically if your program becomes unresponsive


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

BLDC Motors

We offer a wide variety of BLDC motors that can be used with this Phidget. For wiring details, see the Connection & Compatibility tab on the motor's product page. This controller is only compatible with BLDC motors that have hall-effect sensor feedback.

Product Motor Properties Gearbox Properties
Image Part Number Price Rated Speed Rated Torque Gear Ratio
DCM4100_0 $36.00 4000 RPM 1.3 kg·cm
DCM4101_0 $72.00 810 RPM 5.6 kg·cm 4 7/8 : 1
DCM4102_0 $74.00 260 RPM 15.3 kg·cm 14 70/121 : 1
DCM4103_0 $76.00 166 RPM 24.5 kg·cm 23 49/64 : 1
DCM4104_0 $80.00 70 RPM 51 kg·cm 55 833/1331 : 1
DCM4105_0 $85.00 38 RPM 193.7 kg·cm 105 5/8 : 1
DCM4106_0 $42.00 4000 RPM 2.8 kg·cm
DCM4107_0 $84.00 930 RPM 12.2 kg·cm 4 1/4 : 1
DCM4108_0 $86.00 250 RPM 37.7 kg·cm 15 3/10: 1
DCM4109_0 $88.00 170 RPM 57.1 kg·cm 22 2/3 : 1
DCM4110_0 $95.00 82 RPM 102 kg·cm 46 82/125 : 1
DCM4111_0 $98.00 41 RPM 214.1 kg·cm 96 1/3 : 1
DCM4112_0 $65.00 4000 RPM 5 kg·cm

Power Supplies

This Phidget requires a power supply between 8 and 30V DC. 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

5-Wire Cable

These cables are normally used to connect encoders to Phidgets, but the same connector is used by the hall effect input on the DCC1100. The BLDC motors sold at Phidgets already have this cable soldered to the end of the hall effect wires, but if you have your own motor you can buy one of these cables. Just snip one end off and solder it to you motor's hall effect wires in order to connect it to the DCC1100.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Cable Length Cable Gauge
3019_0 $5.00 500 mm 26 AWG

Part 1: Setup

Welcome to the DCC1100 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:

Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

DCC1100 Functional.jpeg
  1. Connect the DCC1100 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget cable.
  2. Connect the motor to the Phidget's output terminals. See the datasheet or product page for your motor to determine wiring.
  3. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.
  4. Connect the motor's hall-effect wires to the 5-cable port on the DCC1100. If you didn't get your motor from our website, you'll want to solder half of a 3019 Cable to the end of the hall-effect wires.
  5. Connect the power supply to the power terminals.

Now that you have everything together, let's start using the DCC1100!

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the DCC1100, 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 DCC1100.

First Look

After plugging the DCC1100 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

DCC1100 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.

Part 2: Using Your Phidget


The DCC1100 lets you control one brushless DC motor with hall-effect feedback. With this Phidget, you can set the velocity (forward or reverse) and acceleration of your motor, or set a specific target position using the position controller built into the Phidgets software libraries. You can also monitor the controller temperature for cooling management and safety.

The DCC1100 requires an 8-30V DC power supply.

DCC1100 About.jpg

Explore Your Phidget Channels Using The Control Panel

You can use your Control Panel to explore your Phidget's channels.

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

DCC1100 Panel.jpg

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

Brushless DC Motor Controller Controls the velocity and acceleration of the motor

In your Control Panel, double click on "Brushless DC Motor Controller":

Position Controller A built-in PID position controller

In your Control Panel, double click on "Position Controller":

Temperature Sensor Measures the board temperature so you can tell if the DCC1100 is overheating

In your Control Panel, double click on "Temperature Sensor":


Part 3: Create your Program

1. Setting up your Programming Environment

2. Phidget Programming Basics

Part 4: Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting

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:

The locate Phidget button is found in the device information box

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

All the information you need to address your Phidget

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

Setting the Change Trigger and Data Interval

The Change Trigger is the minimum change in the sensor data needed to trigger a new data event. The Data Interval is the time (in ms) between data events sent out from your Phidget. You can modify one or both of these values to achieve different data outputs. You can learn more about these two properties here.

Stall Velocity

If the load on your motor is large, your motor may begin rotating more slowly, or even fully stall. Depending on the voltage across your motor, this may result in a large amount of current through both the controller and the motor. In order to prevent damage in these situations, you can use the StallVelocity property.

The StallVelocity should be set to the lowest velocity you would expect from your motor. The controller will then monitor the motor's velocity, as well as the Velocity, and prevent a 'dangerous stall' from occuring. If the controller detects a dangerous stall, it will immediately reduce the Velocity (i.e. average voltage) to 0 and an error will be reported to your program.

  • A 'dangerous stall' will occur faster when the Velocity is higher (i.e. when the average voltage across the motor is higher)
  • A 'dangerous stall' will occur faster as (StallVelocity - motor velocity) becomes larger .

Setting StallVelocity to 0 will turn off stall protection functionality.

Rescale Factor

Rescale Factor can be set to change the motor position units into something more useful, such as degrees or rotations. The following video explains how to set the Rescale Factor using a stepper controller as an example.

Instead of steps, brushless DC motors work in commutations. The number of commutations per rotation is equal to the number of poles multiplied by the number of phases. So, if you have an 8-Pole, 3-Phase motor, the motor will have 24 commutations per rotation. For this motor, to change the target position units from communications to rotations, you would set the rescale factor to 1/24, or 0.0416.

Control Loop Parameters

In order to get the desired behavior from your controller, you will have to tune your control parameters. This video explains the tuning procedure and gives information on how the controller works.

My motor moves away from the target position in Position Controller mode.

Check your motor wires are hooked up correctly to the A B C terminals. Of the six possible wiring permutations, only one will result in normal rotation.

Four of the wiring permutations will cause the motor to stall, and the other will cause reverse rotation.

Check your motor’s datasheet for the correct wiring.

For specifications that deal with acceleration and velocity limits, see the API tab.

Product Specifications

Board Properties
Controlled By VINT
Electrical Properties
Supply Voltage Min 8 V DC
Supply Voltage Max 30 V DC
Current Consumption (Unconfigured) (VINT Port) 500 μA
Current Consumption Max (VINT Port) 650 μA
Replacement Fuse 20A Slow Blow Blade Type, Standard or Micro
Continuous Motor Current Max 20 A
Controller Properties
Motor Type Brushless DC
Number of Motor Ports 1
Velocity Resolution 0.003 Duty Cycle
Hall-Effect Sensor
Hall-Effect Voltage 5 V DC
Physical Properties
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C
Customs Information
Canadian HS Export Code 8471.80.00
American HTS Import Code 8471.80.40.00
Country of Origin CN (China)

Hall-Effect Input

3019 CableMotor Wire
GreenHall-Effect 'C'
WhiteHall-Effect 'B'
BrownHall-Effect 'A'

To make connection simple, the DCC1100 has a 5-pin molex connector to interface with the motor's hall-effect output. All BLDC motors sold at Phidgets have the mating connector soldered to the end of the cable. If you have your own motor, you can cut a Phidget Encoder cable in half and solder them together as follows:


Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
March 2018 0 113 Product Release
March 2018 0 114 Fixed issue where duty cycle never fully reached 1.0
May 2019 0 120 Added failsafe timer functionality

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
Brushless DC Motor Controller BLDCMotor 0
Temperature Sensor TemperatureSensor 0
Position Controller MotorPositionController 0


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