Developer's kits showcase world's smallest linear motor and highest-resolution miniature position sensor

Kits feature New Scale's tiny SQUIGGLE piezoelectric micro motor and TRACKER NSE-5310 miniature position sensor; serve as reference designs for closed-loop OEM system integration down to 0.5 micron resolution.

Victor, NY – June 22, 2009 – New Scale Technologies (www.newscaletech.com) today announced new developer’s kits for its SQUIGGLE linear micro motors and TRACKER NSE-5310 position sensors. The DK Series developer’s kits feature a tiny SQL series SQUIGGLE piezoelectric micro motor and a TRACKER NSE-5310 miniature position sensor. A slide assembly serves as a reference design for mechanical integration. A drive card with New Scale’s NSD-1202 motor controller ASIC serves as an electrical reference design and a development tool for use from initial product evaluation through prototype development.

The compact kit is powered by two AA batteries, with a push-button operation to demonstrate motion. The New Scale Pathway Software controls the kit through a USB interface connected to a PC, to allow for more detailed evaluation and system development. All components can be removed from the kit using basic tools for system integration and prototype testing.

The kits are designed to simplify evaluation of this miniature motion technology and its integration into miniature OEM products such as medical devices, tiny optical systems, and micro-robotic instruments.

Closed-loop SQUIGGLE motor / TRACKER sensor kit

The model DK-1.8-SS-TRK-33 closed-loop developer’s kit is designed for evaluation of the TRACKER NSE-5310 position sensor and the closed-loop operation of the SQUIGGLE motor. It includes:

SQL-1.8-6-12-SS SQUIGGLE motor: The world’s smallest linear motor at 2.8 x 2.8 x 6 mm, featuring 6 mm travel, 30 gram force stall force and 0.5 µm resolution.

TRACKER NSD-5310 position sensor: A magnetic sensor array with on-chip digital encoding and 0.5 µm resolution. The developer’s kit includes a sensor in TSSOP package; the NSE-5310 is available in chip-on-board packaging as small as 3.9 x 2.5 mm.

MC-3300 motor controller: A development platform and reference design integrating the NSD-1202 motor driver ASIC. The controller generates high frequency signals to drive the SQUIGGLE motor and accepts feedback from the TRACKER or other position sensor. It connects to a PC via USB.

New Scale Pathway Software: Evaluate the motor and sensor using a graphical user interface or develop and test scripts using the intuitive scripting interface. Documentation describes the ASCII codes that would be used in an OEM’s embedded system or microcontroller.

Mechanical reference design. The SQUIGGLE motor and TRACKER NSD-5310 sensor are integrated into a slide assembly demonstrating proper mounting, loading and alignment.

Open-loop SQUIGGLE motor kit

The model DK-1.8-SS-33 open-loop motor kit includes all of the above components except the position sensor. It facilitates open-loop motor evaluation, or development of systems using other position sensors or limit switches.

Price and availability

The developer’s kits are available now starting at $495. Buy online at shop.newscaletech.com or visit www.newscaletech.com/developers-kits.html for more information.

Contact New Scale regarding volume pricing and customization including custom chip-scale packaging for position sensors. New Scale’s design team works with OEM customers to integrate micro motors and sensors into system designs and create custom application-specific motion modules.

About New Scale Technologies

New Scale Technologies creates disruptively small motion systems based on our patented piezoelectric SQUIGGLE® motor, the world’s smallest linear motor, and TRACKER™ position sensor. The ultrasonic SQUIGGLE motor is smaller, more precise, less expensive, more robust and more power-efficient than other micro motors. The TRACKER position sensor integrates a magnetic sensor with on-chip digital encoder, for smaller size and higher resolution than miniature optical encoders.

We create complete motion systems integrating motor and sensor technology with supporting electronics (ASICs) developed with our partner austriamicrosystems. New Scale’s micro motors, encoders and micro-actuator modules enable design engineers to create smaller products including mobile phone cameras, electronic locks and intelligent fasteners, nano-scale fluid control including lab-on-a-chip systems, medical devices including miniature drug pumps and endoscopes, optics and imaging systems, automotive modules, lasers, aerospace and defense systems, cryogenic and MRI-compatible instruments, and consumer electronics including micro fuel cells.