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New Scale Technologies introduces "mechatronics on a fingertip" with high resolution, low power use

Victor, NY - March 18, 2010 – New Scale Technologies, Inc. today announced its M3 (Micro-Mechatronic Module) Design Platform for rapid development of custom closed-loop micro actuator modules. Building on the company’s miniature SQUIGGLE motor and TRACKER position sensor technology, this design platform yields a complete closed-loop actuator on a printed circuit board of 12 x 30 mm or less. Modules have low power consumption and 3.3V input voltage for battery-powered operation. No external control board is necessary; simple serial commands drive an on-board PID controller using a standard I2C, SPI or USART interface.

The basic M3 Design Platform consists of:

These components, mounted on a miniature printed circuit board, comprise the core of the M3 Design Platform. On this foundation, New Scale works with each OEM customer to adapt one of several base mechanical configurations to suit the specific application. The company is currently developing custom linear drive systems and custom autofocus modules built on the M3 Design Platform. 

While performance is tuned to customer’s requirements, typical specifications for a linear drive system based on the M3 Design Platform include 0.5 micron position resolution, up to 50 grams force load, 10 mm/sec speed, and up to 20 mm travel range. New Scale’s design team works with each OEM to navigate the trade-offs among factors such as speed, force, and power use.

"With the M3 Design Platform, we make miniature motion control integration extremely simple for our OEM customers," said Ralph Weber, Product Manager at New Scale. "Electrical integration is as easy as sending serial commands to the module. We build a mechanical interface to move whatever the customer needs moved: a lens within the module, or a lever external to the module, or any other load. Each custom module is a drop-in drive system for a customer’s miniature product application. These micro-mechatronic modules are smaller, more powerful, more precise and now even easier to integrate than traditional electromagnetic motor systems."

The SQUIGGLE RV motor and TRACKER sensor provide extremely precise, closed-loop positioning. The closed-loop system can be tuned with PID control parameters stored in the microprocessor to provide response tailored to the integrated system requirements.

Modules based on the M3 Design Platform are ideal for high resolution positioning in miniature optical instrumentation, lasers and photonics systems, aerospace controls and biomedical systems.

For more information visit the micro-mechatronics page or contact New Scale.

About New Scale Technologies

New Scale Technologies develops small, precise and smart motion systems for critical adjustments of optics in imaging devices and many other micro positioning applications. Our simple and elegant solutions deliver best-in-class performance in consumer imaging, biometric authentication, surveillance, medical devices, scientific instruments, haptic systems and many other markets. We design and manufacture custom products and license our technology to manufacturers worldwide. Our customers benefit from complete motion solutions that are tailored to their unique requirements and easily integrated into their next-generation instruments.

SQUIGGLE is a registered trademark, and New Scale Pathway and UTAF are trademarks of New Scale Technologies, Inc.

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