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Pololu TReX Jr Dual Motor Controller DMC02

SKU: POLOLU-767

$75.33 AUD, inc GST
$68.48 AUD, exc GST
Pololu TReX Jr Dual Motor Controller DMC02
75.33 AUD

SKU: POLOLU-767

$75.33 AUD, inc GST
$68.48 AUD, exc GST
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Pololu TReX Jr bottom with labels and dimensions

A novel blend of serial, RC, and analog motor control

The TReX Jr Dual Motor Controller, a lower-power version of the TReX Dual Motor Controller, is a versatile DC motor controller designed to seamlessly blend autonomous and human control of small robots. The TReX Jr can control two bidirectional and one unidirectional motor via three independent control interfaces: radio control (RC) servo pulses, analog voltage, and asynchronous serial (RS-232 or TTL). Using the compact MC33887 motor driver allows for a single-board design that reduces cost while maintaining a small package. As an added benefit, the use of the MC33887 motor driver allows operation to 24 V.

The TReX Jr uses five input channels to receive the RC or analog control signals. When operating in RC or analog mode, the five channels function as follows:

  • Channel 1: motor 1 speed and direction or, if in mix mode, turn left/right
  • Channel 2: motor 2 speed and direction or, if in mix mode, go forward/reverse
  • Channel 3: auxiliary (unidirectional) motor speed
  • Channel 4: can be used to enable “flipped mode”, which allows invertable robots to be controlled as normal when they are inverted
  • Channel 5: determines whether the motors are controlled by the channel inputs or the serial interface; this channel allows you to switch between autonomous and human control at will

The serial interface can switch instantly with one of the other two interfaces, allowing mixed autonomous and remote control. For example, a robot could be configured to run autonomously most of the time, but a human operator could override the autonomous function if the robot gets stuck or into a dangerous situation. If the serial mode is selected as the primary interface, high-resolution measurements of all five channel input signals (be they RC pulses or analog voltages) are made available to the autonomous robot controller, allowing for complex and unlimited mixing of operator control and sensor input. For example, the TReX would be a great motor controller for a remotely controlled balancing robot.

Pololu TReX Jr Dual Motor Controller with labels

Technical specifications

Dimensions1.75" x 1.75" x 0.5" (0.3" height without connectors)
Supply voltage5 – 24 V
Primary motor outputs2 bidirectional, 5 A peak, up to 2.5 A continuous (may be combined to control 1 bidirectional, 5 A continuous)
Auxiliary output1 unidirectional, 10 A continuous
Speed control128 steps in each direction
Control interfacesRC servo pulses, analog voltages, or serial commands; master interface set by mode-select jumper
Input channels5 (RC servo pulses or analog voltages)
RC pulse measurements12-bit resolution, 1 us accuracy
Analog measurements10-bit resolution
Serial interfaceboth RS-232 and TTL (logic level), bidirectional
Baud ratessupports 11 common baud rates ranging from 1200 to 115,200 bps
Expanded protocolAllows multiple Pololu servo and motor controllers on one serial line
Compact protocolAllows both motors 1 and 2 to be simultaneously set with just three bytes

RC/Analog control features

  • Battery Elimination Circuit (BEC) jumper lets the TReX Jr optionally power your RC receiver or analog controller
  • mix-mode jumper allows for single-stick motor control of differential-drive robots
  • automatic calibration for your particular RC or analog controller (the TReX Jr can learn the channel ranges)

Options accessable through the serial interface

  • all five high-resolution channel input values are available
  • remapped channel input values show what the TReX Jr would do if it were in control
  • optional 7-bit cyclic redundancy checking to ensure command/data validity
  • calibration values can be explicitly read and set
  • each channel can be reversed and parabolically scaled
  • current limit, acceleration, and maximum motor speed settings
  • the bidirectional motors can (individually) be set to coast or variable brake when in the deadband
  • upgradable firmware

Safety features

  • “safe-start” requirements prevent accidental motor activation at power-up
  • optional automatic motor shutdown on serial error, timeout, or input channel noise

Note: The TReX Jr does not require use of the serial interface to function; it will work right out of the box as an electronic speed control (ESC). You will not have access to the full suite of features the TReX Jr provides if you do not make use of the serial interface, though.

24" (600 mm) female-female RC servo extension cable.

Servo cable accessories

The TReX Jr has male 0.1" headers; for direct connection to an RC receiver or serial servo controller, Pololu recommend ordering one 6" female-to-female cable, 12" female-to-female cable, or 24" female-to-female cable per channel you intend to use (the TReX Jr can use up to five channels).

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Product Comments

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