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Design Features

  • Unlocks the full motion control power of our Automation1-iSMC intelligent software-based motion controller
  • Features complete configuration & performance capability of the XC2 PWM servo drive
  • Includes local drive with 100 VDC bus motor power & up to 10 amps peak output
  • Eliminates the PC from your control scheme
  • Allows for up to 12 axes of control when more Automation1 drives are connected over the HyperWire fiber-optic bus
  • Includes Safe Torque Off (STO) functional safety
  • Offers many optional features, including Multi-axis Position Synchronized Output (PSO) and I/O expansion board options


The iXC2 is a part of the user-friendly Automation1 motion control platform, which includes the following:

Control Your Full Machine

The Automation1-iSMC motion controller deployed to an iXC2 drive can control up to twelve axes of motion over the Automation1 HyperWire® communication bus. You can truly control a full machine or system with this device. All axes are tightly coordinated with other axes on the network to deliver contoured motion and a single, simple machine control architecture.

Extend Your I/O

Configure the Automation1-iSMC with the appropriate industrial ethernet options and connect additional third-party devices, completing your control architecture.

All The Benefits of the Compact XC2

You can use the iXC2 PWM amplifiers to control brushless AC, brush DC, voice coil and stepper motor types at up to 100 VDC operating voltage and 10 A peak current capability. Standard features for the iXC2 include STO, a data array consisting of more than 4 million 32-bit elements (>16.7 MB), dedicated home and end-of-travel limit inputs, and an enhanced current sense device. Standard encoder support includes square-wave and absolute encoders.

Add I/O to your iXC2 with an expansion board containing analog and digital I/O, an added encoder input, and dedicated PSO. Improve the resolution of amplified sine-wave encoders by adding a feedback multiplier.

Effortless Feedback

Aerotech’s standard feedback connector is a 25-pin DB-25 connector, which enables simple, single-cable connectivity for all feedback signals from a servo motor and precision stage combination. The iXC2 is offered with or without an integral encoder multiplier, which enables design flexibility based on the resolution required by your application. Absolute encoder support is a standard feature.

Ready to Connect

HyperWire makes it simple to connect the iXC2 in a multi-axis configuration with other Automation1 drive hardware. A 24-volt one amp brake output is included. The device is CE approved, NRTL safety certified and EU 2015/863 RoHS 3 directive certified. The power amplifier bandwidth is software selectable and up to 95 percent efficient.

Capture Process Data

The iXC2 collects multiple signals and data items that provide valuable diagnostic and performance information. When coupled with the two Gbps HyperWire bandwidth, you can pull the required data back to the iSMC for easy access via the Automation1 Studio application or the .NET application programming interface (API). Unlike other platforms, you never have to lower your trajectory rates to acquire this valuable data.

From bus voltage to current feedback to position error during part processing, the Automation1 iXC2 creates a constant stream of data. You can use this data to monitor your drive’s performance.

Excellent In-Position Performance

Thanks to advanced control techniques and feedback signal processing, the iXC2 can control stage in-performance to less than 0.20 nanometers rms.

See how Automation1 Servo Drives Improve In-Position Stability.

iXC2 Controller Details

Motion Controller (1) Aerotech’s Automation1-iSMC Intelligent Software-Based Motion Controller (version 2.2 and
Maximum Axes of Control(1) Up to 12 axes
I/O Points(1) See “I/O Expansion Board (-EB1)” specifications below. Note: Controller can control I/O
from connected devices.
Programming Language(1) AeroScript, RS-274 G-code
APIs(1) .NET (cross-platform Linux support)

C (cross-platform Linux support)

Python (cross-platform Linux support)

EPICS (cross-platform Linux support) see
Programming Tasks(1) 4 user tasks (standard) / 9 user tasks (optional)

1 reserved task
Position Modes Absolute, incremental, dynamic trajectory correction
Motion Types(1) Linear motion

Clockwise & counterclockwise





Many more
Acceleration Profiles Linear (time & rate based)

Sine (time & rate based)

S-curve (time & rate based)
Velocity Profiling(1) Yes
Safe Zones(1) Yes
Advanced Features(1) Corner rounding

Tool normalcy control

Cutter compensation

Programmable fixture offsets(2)

Rotation, mirroring & translation transformations

Part profile scaling

Polar & cylindrical

Orthogonality correction

Electronic gearing

EasyTune® & classical tuning

Backlash compensation

Spindle motion

High-speed registration

Multi-dimensional error mapping
Access Control No
Controller File System Yes (5 GB)
Supported HyperWire Drives Automation1-XC6e(3)(4)









Industrial Ethernet Communication EtherCAT (Optional)


iXC2 Specifications

Motor Style Brush, brushless, voice coil, stepper(1)
Control Supply 24 VDC
Motor Supply 15-100 VDC
Bus Voltage(2) 15-100 VDC
PWM Frequency 20 kHz
Peak Output Current (1 sec)(3) 10 Apk
Continuous Output Current(3) 5 A
Position Synchronized Output

One-axis PSO (includes One-axis Part-Speed PSO)*


Three-axis Part-Speed PSO*

*Requires adding an expansion board to the drive to output PSO pulses via a physical connection
25-Pin Motor Feedback Connector High-speed differential inputs (encoder sin, cos & marker)

CW and CCW limits

Hall effect sensor inputs (A, B & C)

Analog motor temperature input (accepts digital)

Brake output
Multiplier Options MX0 option:

Primary encoder: 40 million counts per second square-wave input

Auxiliary encoder: 40 million counts per second square-wave input

MX1 option:

Primary encoder: 200 kHz sine-wave input, encoder multiplier up to x16,3844*

Auxiliary encoder: 40 million counts per second square-wave input

*Encoders multiplied with this input cannot be echoed out
I/O Expansion Board (-EB1) PSO output connector with up to 12.5 MHz output rate

Auxiliary Encoder Port

1x 16-bit differential, ±10 V analog input

1x 16-bit single-ended, ±10 V analog output

8x optically isolated digital inputs

8x optically isolated digital outputs
I/O Expansion Board (-EB2) PSO output connector with up to 12.5 MHz output rate

Auxiliary Encoder Port

2x Industrial Ethernet Ports
Drive Array Memory 16.7 MB (4,194,304 32-bit elements)
High Speed Data Capture Yes (50 ns latency)
Safe Torque Off (STO) Yes (SIL3/PLe/Cat 4)
HyperWire Connections 1x HyperWire small form-factor pluggable (SFP) port
Automatic Brake Control Standard (24 V at 0.5 A)
Absolute Encoder Renishaw Resolute BiSS; EnDat 2.1; EnDat 2.2, and SSI
Current Loop Update Rate 20 kHz
Servo Loop Update Rate 20 kHz
Power Amplifier Bandwidth 2500 Hz maximum (software selectable)
Power Amplifier Efficiency 85-95%(4)
Minimum Load Inductance 0.1 mH
Operating Temperature 0 to 40 °C
Storage Temperature -30 to 85 °C
Weight 0.54 kg (1.20 lb.)
Compliance CE approved, NRTL safety certification, EU 2015/863 RoHS 3 directive


Automation1 iXC2, -EB0 Option

Automation1 iXC2, -EB1 Option

Automation1 iXC2, -EB2 Option

Ordering Information

Automation1 iXC2 Ordering Options

Automation1 iXC2

Option Description
Automation1 iXC2 Automation1 iXC2 - Enhanced, Compact PWM Servo Drive with Motion Controller

Peak Current

Option Description
-10 10 A peak, 5 A cont. current (default)

Expansion Board

Option Description
-EB0 No expansion board (default)
-EB1 Expansion board with analog/digital I/O
-EB2 Expansion board with industrial Ethernet ports


Option Description
-MX0 No encoder multiplier (default)
-MX1 x16384 multiplier (primary), no multiplier (auxiliary)


Option(1)(2) Description
-PSO1 One-axis PSO (includes one-axis Part-Speed PSO) (default)
-PSO6 Three-Axis Part-Speed PSO
  1. PSO functionality is included in the base iXC2. The -EB1 board is required to use PSO logic to generate an output signal.
  2. Encoder feedback-based PSO requires the -MX0 multiplier option.

Automation1 PS2 Din Rail Power Supply Ordering Options

Automation1 PS2

Option Description
Automation1 PS2 Automation1 PS2 - Din-rail mounted power supply for 1 to 4 compact servo drives

Drive Type (Required)

Option Description
-D1 PS2 for XC2, XC2e drives & iXC2e, iXC2 drive-based controllers
-D2 PS2 for XL2e drives & iXL2e drive-based controllers

Power Output (Required)

Option Description
-P1 240 watts at 24 VDC
-P2 240 watts at 48 VDC
-P3 480 watts at 48 VDC
-P4 480 watts at 96 VDC
-P5 240 watts at +/-12 VDC (10A)
-P6 240 watts at +/-24 VDC (5A)
-P7 480 watts at +/-48 VDC (5A)

Number of Axes (Required)

Option Description
-AX01 1 axis of wiring
-AX02 2 axes of wiring
-AX03 3 axes of wiring
-AX04 4 axes of wiring

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