The TReX Dual-Motor Controller is a versatile, high-power DC motor controller designed to seamlessly blend autonomous and human control of small- and medium-sized robots. The TReX 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). It maintains compactness through a two-board design that features the VNH2SP30-based Dual High-Current Motor Driver Carrier as its bottom layer. (For a lower-power version of the TReX, please consider the TReX Jr).
The TReX 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:
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 Dual Motor Controller with labels|
|Dimensions||1.9" x 1.9" x 0.8"|
|Supply voltage||6 – 16 V|
|Primary motor outputs||2 bidirectional, 30 A peak, up to 13 A continuous per channel (may be combined to control 1 bidirectional, 25 A continuous)|
|Auxiliary output||1 unidirectional, 15 A continuous|
|Speed control||128 steps in each direction|
|Control interfaces||RC servo pulses, analog voltages, or serial commands; master interface set by mode-select jumper|
|Input channels||5 (RC servo pulses or analog voltages)|
|RC pulse measurements||12-bit resolution, 1 us accuracy|
|Analog measurements||10-bit resolution|
|Serial interface||both RS-232 and TTL (logic level), bidirectional|
|Baud rates||supports 11 common baud rates ranging from 1200 to 115,200 bps|
|Expanded protocol||Allows multiple Pololu servo and motor controllers on one serial line|
|Compact protocol||Allows both motors 1 and 2 to be simultaneously set with just three bytes|
Note: The TReX does 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 provides if you do not make use of the serial interface, though.
|Pololu TReX connected to an RC receiver|
The TReX has male 0.1" headers; for direct connection to an RC receiver or serial servo controller, Pololu recommends 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 can use up to five channels).