The Ensemble QDe™ desktop nanopositioning piezo drive from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) was designed for seamless use with the Ensemble family of drives and controllers. The QDe connects to any Ensemble controller network, enabling coordinated motion between piezo stages and servo axes. The drive is suitable for single- or multi-axis applications such as point-to-point motion, linear and circular interpolation, multi-axis error correction, and autofocusing. High-speed interrupts and data logging capabilities provide a real-time link to external systems.

The drive features high-speed position latching capability and multi-axis position synchronized output (PSO) for generation of pulses based on actual position feedback in applications ranging from laser firing to acquisition system triggering. Using high-resolution A/D and D/A converters, it enables sub-nanometer positioning resolution at high bandwidths. It uses PID servo loops with feedforward and multiple integrators, coupled with eight programmable filters to supply necessary tools needed to optimize motion performance.

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