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    Digilent’s line of Robotic Development Kits provide the perfect starting point for those new to robotics, but have the power to be used for advanced designs and applications as well. Each kit pairs a powerful Cerebot™ 32MX4 microcontroller development board with a rugged steel platform and all the motors, wheels, sensors and development software needed to build a complete robot.

   The Basic kit (shown above) provides the components needed to build a simple autonomous robot. It combines the RSK and Cerebot 32MX4 with a push button module, a switch module and a character LCD module. 

   The Remote kit (shown at right) provides the components needed to build a wired remote control robot. It combines the RSK and Cerebot 32MX4 with a PmodJSTK joystick module, two PmodRJ45 connector modules, and an Ethernet cable.   

       The kits are each geared towards a different specialty, and each has downloadable instructions and a demo project that make it easy to get the robots up and running quickly.
   Digilent Inc. is a leader in the design, manufacture, and world wide distribution of FPGA and microcontroller technologies. Since its founding in 2000, Digilent has grown to the point where it's products can now be found in over 2000 universities in more than 70 countries throughout the world. As a multinational company with offices in the US, Taiwan, China and Romania, Digilent is able to provide low-cost, expert quality solutions for a variety of customer needs. Digilent also provides high-end OEM manufacturing services for leading technology companies including Xilinx, Cypress Semiconductor and National Instruments, to name a few. Digilent also sponsors yearly electronic design contests on a worldwide basis.

The Digilent Cerebot 32MX4 Controller Module

  The Digilent RDK Robots uses their Cerebot 32MX4 which is a powerful microcontroller development board suitable for embedded control and robotics projects for both students and hobbyists.The Cerebot 32MX4 features one of the new Microchip® PIC32™ microcontrollers. The PIC32 provides a 32-bit MIPS processor core operating at 80Mhz, 512K bytes of program FLASH and 32K bytes of RAM memory and numerous peripheral devices, including a USB controller, timer/counters, serial interface controllers, A/D converter and more. 

   The board has numerous I/O connectors and power supply options, including USB power. It also has a built in programming and debug circuit compatible with the Microchip MPLAB development software. The Cerebot 32MX4 has a nine connectors for Digilent Pmod™ peripheral modules. Digilent Pmods include H-bridges, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, a speaker, switches, buttons, LEDs, as well as converters for easy connection to RS232, screw terminals, BNC jacks, servo motors, and more.

Here is a YouTube video explaining how the Digilent Cerebot 32MX4Controller Board operates




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