Pololu Jrk 12v12 USB Motor Controller with Feedback (12Amp)


Overview

Overview

jrk 12v12 USB motor controller with feedback with dimensions

The jrk 12v12 is a versatile, general-purpose motor controller that supports a variety of interfaces, including USB. The 6 V to 16 V operating range and high continuous output current of 12 A (30 A peak) allow this board to control many medium-sized DC brushed motors. Analog voltage and tachometer (frequency) feedback options allow quick implementation of closed-loop servo systems, and a free configuration utility (for Windows) allows easy calibration and configuration through the USB port.

Key improvements over competing products and earlier Pololu motor controllers with feedback include:

  • USB connectivity with emulated serial (COM) port allows direct motor control from a PC.
  • Ultrasonic PWM to eliminate switching-induced motor shaft hum or whine.
  • Robust, high-speed communication protocol with user-configurable error condition response.
  • High internal resolution (12 bits) for smooth and flexible calibration to various input and feedback devices.
  • Current sensing and limiting.
  • Reversed power protection.
  • Field-upgradeable firmware.

Main Features of the Jrk 12v12

  • Simple bidirectional control of one DC brush motor.
  • 6 V to 16 V operating supply range.
  • 12 A maximum continuous current output (30 A peak).
  • Four communication or control options:
    • USB interface for direct connection to a PC.
    • Full-duplex, TTL-level asynchronous serial interface for direct connection to microcontrollers or other embedded controllers.
    • Hobby radio control (RC) pulse width interface for direct connection to an RC receiver or RC servo controller.
    • 0–5 V analog voltage interface for direct connection to potentiometers and analog joysticks.
  • Two closed-loop feedback options:
    • 0–5 V analog voltage.
    • Frequency/tachometer digital input up to 2 MHz with 1 ms PID period.
    • (Open-loop control with no feedback also available.)
  • Simple configuration and calibration over USB with free configuration program (Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP compatible).
  • Configurable parameters include:
    • PID period and PID constants (feedback tuning parameters).
    • Maximum current.
    • Maximum duty cycle.
    • Maximum acceleration.
    • Error response.
    • Input calibration (learning) for analog and RC control.
  • Optional CRC error detection eliminates communication errors caused by noise or software faults.
  • Reversed power protection.
  • Field-upgradeable firmware.
  • Optional feedback potentiometer disconnect detection.
  • Comprehensive user’s guide.

 Specifications

Motor channels: 1
Operating voltage: 6 – 16 V
Continuous output current: 12 A
Peak output current: 30 A
Auto-detect baud rate range: 300 – 115,200 bps
Available fixed baud rates: 300 – 115,200 bps
Available PWM frequencies: 20 kHz, 5 kHz
Reverse voltage protection?: Yes
USB connector style: USB Mini-B

The jrk 12v12 is the larger of two jrk motor controllers. For a lower-power version that has a wider operating voltage range, see the jrk 21v3.

Included Hardware

jrk 12v12 USB motor controller with feedback with included hardware

jrk 12v12 USB motor controller with feedback with included hardware

 

The jrk ships with a 14×1 straight 0.100" male header strip and two 5mm, 2-pin terminal blocks. To provide maximum flexibility, none of these parts are soldered to the board.

For the most compact installation, you can solder wires directly to the jrk pads themselves and skip using the included hardware. The included hardware allows you to make less permanent connections. You can break the 14×1 header strip into an 8×1 piece and two 3×1 pieces and solder these strips into the jrk’s I/O pads.

The three mounting holes are intended for use with #2 screws (not included).

Note: A USB A to mini-B cable is not included.

Specifications

Dimensions

Size: 1.35" x 1.85"
Weight: 0.5 oz

General specifications

Motor driver: VNH2SP30
Motor channels: 1
Control interface: USB; non-inverted TTL serial;
RC servo pulses; analog voltage1
Minimum operating voltage: 6 V
Maximum operating voltage: 16 V
Continuous output current per channel: 12 A
Peak output current per channel: 30 A
Current sense: 0.13 V/A2
Maximum PWM frequency: 20 kHz
Minimum logic voltage: 4 V3
Maximum logic voltage: 5 V
Reverse voltage protection?: Y

Notes:

1
Autodetects baud rates between 300 and 115,200 bps, or can be set to any fixed baud rate in this range.
2
Current readings are converted to a digital number from 0-255.
3
In RC mode, the pulses can be as low as 2V.

Resources

Documentation and other information

Pololu Jrk USB Motor Controller User’s Guide (Printable PDF:jrk_motor_controller.pdf)

 

Pololu USB Software Development Kit

The Pololu USB SDK contains the code you need for making your own applications that use native USB to control the Jrk Motor Controller, Maestro Servo Controller, Simple Motor Controller, or USB AVR Programmer.

Application Note: Using AutoHotkey with Pololu USB Products (Printable PDF: application_note_autohotkey.pdf)

An application note about using AutoHotkey for Windows to control Pololu USB products.

File downloads

Jrk Motor Controller Windows Drivers and Software (release 121204) (5MB zip)
This ZIP archive contains the installation files for the Jrk Configuration Utility, the jrk command-line utility (JrkCmd), and the jrk drivers for Microsoft Windows.

Recommended links

The Haunted Organist
A spooky animatronic skeleton using the Jrk USB Motor Controller. See the final resultor more pictures and information. By Mark Goodson, October 2009.
R2D2 dome position control
A replica of the famous Star Wars droid R2D2 that uses the Jrk USB Motor Controllerfor position control. See the video which shows the Jrk Configuration Utility in action, or read the blog post which has more information. By ggpipe, February 2010.
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
The Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 is required for many Pololu configuration, control, and utility programs under Windows. Most computers will have this installed already or can automatically install it over the internet, but you can also get .NET 3.5 directly from Microsoft at this link. If you are installing on a computer without internet access, make sure to get the Full Redistributable Package.

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