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Author:  Chuoiujk [ Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:38 am ]
Post subject:  My USB Microcontroller Interface problem

Hello, :lol: :lol:
I really hope this is the right place for my question.

I am fairly new to robotics and have much to learn.

I would like to interface the following motor driver:
http://www.haydonkerk.com/LinearActuatorProducts/IDEADriveBrushlessMotorController/tabid/379/Default.aspx

with the FEZ Raptor Mainboard.
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I am having trouble interfacing the two - the driver uses USB (mini B) communication, while the FEZ Raptor Mainboard can act as a USB Host. I may potentially need to run two 4 quadrant motor drivers. This includes:
4 drive motors - these motors can share the same signal, as I am creating a Swerve drive with all wheels powered/controlled the same.
4 steering motors -these motors can share the same signal, as I am creating a Swerve drive with all wheels powered/controlled the same.
3 linear actuators which are individually controlled.
I was planning on having the motor drivers powered externally, while communication to the driver is handled through the microcontroller which was from USB interface. Does this make sense, am I overlooking aspects which I need to keep in mind?
Thank you very much for your help!
Regards,
Chuoiujk

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