JRM Vol.16 No.2 pp. 200-207
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2004.p0200


Development of a Universal Interface Board and its Application to Robot Controllers and Signal Processors

Masaaki Kumagai*, and Takashi Emura**

*Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tohoku Gakuin University, 1-13-1 Chuo, Tagajo, Miyagi 985-8537, Japan

**Bio-Robotics Department at Tohoku University, 01 Aramaki Aoba, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579, Japan

October 18, 2003
December 5, 2003
April 20, 2004
interface board, PCI bus, robot controller, digital signal processing, image processing

Multipurpose digital interface boards for the PCI bus were designed for robot controllers. They used a programmable logic device reconfigured for internal circuits. The user plugs the board in, then downloads circuit data to obtain various interfaces. Optional modules such as analog front ends and support software also were developed. The board enables rapid prototyping and flexible use of high-speed digital circuits. Three applications of the board — robot interfaces of DC servomotors for a walking robot, high-speed digital signal processing for a motion capture system, and pipelined image processing units — showed the effectiveness of the board.

Cite this article as:
Masaaki Kumagai and Takashi Emura, “Development of a Universal Interface Board and its Application to Robot Controllers and Signal Processors,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.16, No.2, pp. 200-207, 2004.
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