Low Cost Hobbyists FPGA Kickstarter

If you have been thinking of dipping your toe into the world of FPGAs (field-programmable gate arrays) but always thought they were too expensive for hobbyist then you might want to check out the 'Mojo FPGA' on Kickstarter.

The Mojo is designed to make digital design easy and cost effective for anyone who is just getting started. FPGAs do not retain their configuration when the power is lost, so they must be reconfigured every time the board is turned on. Typically, a PROM is used to load the configuration file (also known as bit file) into the FPGA automatically. The problem with that is you generally need a fairly expensive programmer to program the PROMs. The Mojo features a basic serial port (similar to an Arduino) that can be used to program a new bit file into on-board flash memory. When the board is powered on, a microcontroller reads the flash memory and configures the FPGA automatically. All that is required is a low-cost USB to serial converter.

The original Kickstarter goal was 7,000 but they blew through that goal and are currently at 70,000. If you pledge $65 dollars you get a fully assembled board.

Case Study: Robot for tool production company with 10 employees

The acquisition cost for the entire system including imaging will have paid itself off in only 10 months with single shifts. If the robot is used for 2 shifts, it will actually have paid itself off in only seven months.

Robotics In Law Enforcement

Soon, the police won't have to draw their guns. They will be able to just push buttons and move joysticks to capture the bad guys.

Case Study: Kawasaki Robotics Upgrade Project Proves Successful

The Kawasaki Robotics project on the existing robotics paint system consisted of upgrading two Kawasaki robots and replacing four Kobelco robots with new Kawasaki robots.

Join the New LinkedIn Group 'Motion Control Fundamentals'

Created by Electromate.com, this New LinkedIn Technical Group strives to advance the knowledge of the fundamentals of Electro-mechanical Motion Control.

New ElectroCraft AxialPower Plus and L3 Linear Actuators

Based on modified hybrid stepping motors, ElectroCraft's New AxialPower Plus linear actuators are capable of producing linear forces up to 800 pounds and resolutions up to 0.000125" per 1.8° step.

Sagetech Corporation Achieves Coveted AS9100C Certification

Avionics innovator Sagetech Corporation today announced that it has been awarded certifications for both AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 standards. These certifications signify Sagetech's successful compliance with recognized quality management systems, including the rigorous AS9100C aerospace quality standard.

TE Connectivity Makes New Connection with the Launch of "ARISO Contactless Connectivity" Platform Providing Power, Data and Signal Without a Physical Connection

Industry leader brings 60 years of innovation and a new way of thinking to connectivity challenges.

Industrial Magnetics, Inc. Extends Line of Transporter® LP Magnetic End-of-Arm Tooling

Industrial Magnetics, Inc. has expanded their line of Transporter® LP magnetic end-of-arm tooling, designed to magnetically transfer metal blanks, stampings & parts in automated station-to-station, press-to-press transfer and robotic pick-and-place applications.

Army, Academics Cite Progress on UAS, but Challenges Remain

Also includes developing counter-UAS defenses for the day when enemies also use unmanned aircraft to gather intelligence.

Electronics and High-Performance Computing Communities Sought for Microfluidic Cooling Demo

DARPA's ICECool seeks to demonstrate intrachip/interchip microfluidic cooling

MMP Releases 48V DC Gearmotor: 18 IN Lbs of continuous torque at 782 RPM, 354 In Lbs Peak Torque

27 April 2012: "IP-54" Sealed, High Power, 48 Vdc Gearmotor Develops 18 Lb. In. Torque at 782 RPM Midwest Motion Products of Watertown, Minnesota, is pleased to announce the release of a new DC Gear- Motor, Model #: MMP-D33-455D-48V GP81-03.7 - Accepting any 48 Volt DC source, including battery power, this robust Gear Motor measures just 3.2" (max) Diameter, by 8.4" long and has a keyed output shaft of 19mm diameter by 40mm long. Easy mounting is accomplished with 4 "face mount" M6 threaded holes, equally spaced on a 65mm Dia. B.C. or an optional NEMA34 Flange, as shown on the attached Photo. The output of this fully reversible gearmotor is rated for 18 IN-LBS continuous torque, at 782 RPM, and 354 IN-LBS Peak. Despite its compact size, and weight of approximately 10 pounds, it's an efficient design, requiring just 5.1 Amps at 48 Volts DC to generate its Full-Load Torque. This translates into longer battery charge, very LOW-NOISE operation, and lower cost drive electronics. Motor windings for 12v, 18v, 24v, 28v, 36v, 42v, 60v & 90 Volts are available.

MMP Inc Releases New 12V DC Gearmotor capable of 136 Lb In of torque aat 35 RPM, with IP54 Rating

03 Sept 2011: "IP-54" Sealed, Low Current, 12 Vdc Gearmotor Develops 136 Lb. In. Torque at 35 RPM Midwest Motion Products, Inc. of Watertown, Minnesota, is pleased to announce the release of a new DC Gear Motor, the Model No. MMP TM57-12V GP52-124. Accepting any 12 Volt DC source, including solar or battery power, this robust Gear Motor measures just 2.24" in Diameter, by 7.76" long, and has a keyed output shaft of 12mm diameter by 25mm long. Easy mounting is accomplished with 4 "face mount" M5 threaded holes, equally spaced on a 40mm Dia. B.C. The output of this reversible gearmotor is rated for 136 Lb. In. (15.3Nm) torque, at 35 RPM. Despite its compact size, and weight of approximately 4 pounds, it's an efficient design, requiring just 7.2 Amps at 12 Volts DC to generate its Full Load Torque. That translates into long life battery charge, very low noise operation, and lower costs for related drive electronics. Motor windings for 24V, 28V, 36V, 42V, 48V, 60V & 90 Volts are available. This unique design is rated at an "IP 54" protection level for operation in harsh environments. Variable Speed control can be accomplished with our fully compatible Speed Controls, Model MMP 25A-12V, or

MMP Releases new 12V DC Gearmotor - 136 In Lbs torque at 140 RPM output speed

Midwest Motion Products of Watertown, Minnesota, is pleased to announce the release of a new DC Gear- Motor, Model # MMP-D33-455A-12V GP81-029 - Accepting any 12 Volt DC source, including battery power, this robust Gear Motor measures just 3.2" (max) Diameter, by 9.25" long and has a keyed output shaft of 19mm diameter by 40mm long. Easy mounting is accomplished with 4 "face mount" M6 threaded holes, equally spaced on a 65mm Dia. B.C. or an optional NEMA34 Flange, is also available. The output of this fully reversible gearmotor is rated for 136 IN-LBS continuous torque, at 140 RPM, and 1062 IN-LBS (120 Nm) Peak Torque. Despite its compact size, and weight of approximately 11 pounds, it's an efficient design, requiring just 28.6 Amps at 12 Volts DC to generate its Full-Load Torque. This translates into long battery charge, very LOW-NOISE operation, and lower cost drive electronics. Motor windings for 18v, 24v, 28v, 36v, 42v, 48v, 60v & 90 Volts are available.

Precision Motion Controller for Closed-Loop Positioning Systems Released by PI

PI (Physik Instrumente) LP offers a new closed-loop digital motion controller for precision positioning systems, model C-884.4D.

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