QNET Mechatronic Interfacing Board

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Teach Fundamentals of Embedded Systems

The QNET Mechatronic Interfacing Board is ideally suited to introduce students to fundamentals of microcontroller I/O and inter-communication including industry standards, such as SPI, I²C and CAN buses. Developed exclusively for NI ELVIS platform and LabVIEW™ software, the system teaches students how to control the microcontroller at the register level and build controllers to interact with sensors, communication networks and human interface devices.

How It Works

The QNET Mechatronic Interfacing Board provides a communication interface with the NI ELVIS II(+) for directly controlling the PIC microcontroller's control registers. The NI ELVIS platform is interfaced to a PC or laptop via USB link.

The QNET Mechatronic Interfacing Board consists of a dsPIC33e microcontroller, SPI and I²C devices, such as temperature, proximity and acceleration sensors, memory chips, keypad and touch screen interface devices and external communication ports for UART and CAN. The internal registers of the PIC can be modified in real time to control the behaviour of the entire system without requiring re-flashing of firmware.

Comprehensive Resources and Courseware Included

The QNET Mechatronic Actuators Board comes with comprehensive digital resources developed by Quanser to enhance teaching controls, saving professors’ time while helping students quickly grasp the capabilities of the board, relate the studied control concepts to applications in real world and understand the exercises performed in lab. The resources include:

  • courseware with in-lab exercises
  • setup materials, including Quick Start Guides, User Manual and VIs for the board for faster, easier setup of the experiment
  • pre-designed VIs to help students understand how the theoretical block diagrams relates to the actual implementation

  • Compact digital interfacing system for NI ELVIS II
  • dsPIC33e microcontroller with ADC, SPI and I²C interfaces, UART and input capture
  • Two position encoders
  • Analog input signal generation via potentiometer
  • Keypad and touch screen for user interface
  • LCD screen and tri-colour LED for display
  • Colour sensor, connected to LED via fiber-optic cable
  • I²C accelerometer, gyroscope, thermometer, and IR range detector
  • SPI RAM and Flash memory chips
  • SD card slot with SPI interface
  • Fiber-optic serial I/O connected to UART
  • Two external CAN bus connectors with SPI CAN controller chips and built-in termination resistance
  • Comprehensive digital resources and courseware included
  • Fully compatible with LabVIEW™
  • Fully documented system models and parameters provided for LabVIEW™
SPI RAM capacity 64 kB
Flash capacity 64 Mb (32 Mb reserved)
Encoder resolution 24 pulses/rev
Temperature sensor max. sensitivity 0.0625 ºC
Accelerometer max. scale ± 8 g
Accelerometer granularity 12 bits
LCD colour depth 18 bits
Touch sensor granularity 16 bits
Gyroscope granularity 32 bits
CAN bus termination resistance 120 Ω
CAN transceiver voltage 5 V
Colour sensor max. output frequency 600 kHz

Topics covered in the Quanser-developed courseware:

  • Microcontroller I/O
  • Hardware control registers
  • Data storage in flash and RAM
  • SPI and I²C communication
  • CAN buses and inter-device communications
  • User I/O, controls and displays
  • Hardware integration
The QNET Mechatronic Interfacing Board can be also used to teach other topics that are not included in the Quanser-developed courseware.

To set up your QNET Mechatronic Interfacing Board, you need NI ELVIS Modular Engineering Education Laboratory Platform.

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