ADLINK Introduces PCI-8174 4-Axis Stepper, Servo Motion Control Card

ADLINK releases the PCI-8174 stepper and servo motion control card, offering an on-board DSP with motion ASIC for simplified implementation of time-critical motion sequences. This product is in use for applications such as semiconductor front and back end equipment, TFT/LCD manufacturing equipment, electronic assembly and testing equipment, automatic optical inspection equipment, flight or vehicle simulator in military and video game, dispenser machinery, and cutting or carving machinery.

The PCI-8174 can operate as a standalone controller by executing all processes in the hardware layer, and can simultaneously execute a sequence via the motion ASIC without consuming CPU resources, making this an ideal card for interrupt control and synchronization among multiple axes. With the DSP on-board design, the PCI-8174 can also support firmware customization.

ADLINK PCI-8174 DSP-based 4-Axis Stepper and Servo Motion Control CardThe PCI-8174 delivers many features for pick-and-place, gantry, line scan, and dispenser applications: high-frequency pulse output rates of up to 6.55 MHz, a software security protection to prevent illegal copying of custom software, a card index switch for multiple cards in a system, serial connectivity for multiple axes among multiple cards, and on-the-fly speed and position change while the axis is in motion.

The multi-axis operation design of the PCI-8174 allows linear interpolation using up to all four axes and circular interpolation using any two axes. The PCI-8174 offers continuous contouring and outputs backlash correction pulses before sending commands when a direction change occurs during interpolation to ensure flawless velocity continuity. With 13 home moving modes to choose from, the motion card is well suited for a variety of mechanical design and operating restrictions.

Price and Availability
The PCI-8174 is available now and is competitively priced starting at $1190 and is available with discounts in volume.

About ADLINK Technology
ADLINK Technology provides a wide range of embedded computing products and services to the test & measurement, automation & process control, gaming, communications, medical, network security, homeland security, and transportation industries. ADLINK products include integrated building blocks for Industrial Application Platforms: ISA, PCI, PXI, and PCI Express-based data acquisition and I/O; vision and motion control; and AdvancedTCA, CompactPCI, PICMG, and COM Express modules for industrial computing. ADLINK strives to minimize the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its customers by providing customization and system integration services, maintaining low manufacturing costs, and extending the lifecycle of its products. ADLINK is a global company with headquarters and manufacturing in Taiwan; R&D and integration in Taiwan, China, and the US; and an extensive network of worldwide sales and support offices. ADLINK is ISO-9001, ISO-14001, and TL9000 certified, is an Associate Member of the Intel(R) Communications Alliance, an Executive Member of PICMG, a Sponsor Member of the PXI Systems Alliance, and an Associate Member of the LXI Consortium. ADLINK is a publicly traded company listed on the TAIEX Taiwan Stock Exchange.