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Design Features

  • Connects through the HyperWire® fiberoptic bus, which has 20 times the bandwidth of 100BASE-T Ethernet buses
  • Includes Safe Torque Off (STO) safety circuit
  • Generates 100 VDC bus motor power & up to 10 amps peak output
  • Features drive array with more than 16.7 MB of memory
  • Collects analog sensor or position data up to 320 kHz (triggered by axis position)
  • Offers many optional features, including Multi-axis Position Synchronized Output (PSO) and I/O expansion board


The XC2 is a part of the user-friendly Automation1 motion control platform, which includes the following:

Better Control. More Precision

The XC2 connects to the Automation1 Intelligent Software-Based Machine Controller (iSMC) controller over fiber-optic HyperWire®, the fastest, highest-throughput communication bus in motion control.

You can use the XC2 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 XC2 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 XC2 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 XC2 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

Two HyperWire connections make it simple to connect the XC2 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 XC2 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.

Excellent In-Position Performance

Thanks to advanced control techniques and feedback signal processing, the XC2 can control stage in-performance to as low as 0.2 nanometers rms.

See how Automation1 Servo Drives Improve In-Position Stability.

System Integration Made Simple

The small form-factor enables compact machine designs, while a four-axis system can be configured with more than 70 I/O points. The XC2 integrates easily with the Automation1 Software-Based Machine Controller (iSMC).

XC2 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 (PSO) Standard:

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 and marker)

CW and CCW Limits

Hall Effect Sensor Inputs (A, B, and 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 x16,384*

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
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 2x HyperWire small form-factor pluggable (SFP) Ports
Automatic Brake Control Standard; 24 V at 1 A
Absolute Encoder Renishaw Resolute BiSS; EnDat 2.1; and EnDat 2.2
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 XC2, -EB0 Option

Automation1 XC2, -EB1 Option

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Automation1 XC2

Option Description
Automation1 XC2 Automation1 XC2 - Compact PWM Servo Drive

Peak Current

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

Expansion Board

Option Description
-EB0 No expansion board (default)
-EB1 IO expansion board


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


Option(1)(2) Description
-PS01 One-Axis PSO (includes One-axis Part-Speed PSO) (Default)
-PSO6 Three-axis Part-Speed PSO
  1. PSO functionality is included in the base XC2. 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

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 and iXC2e & iXC2 Drive-based Controllers
-D2 PS2 for XL2e Drives and 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 Axis of Wiring
-AX03 3 Axis of Wiring
-AX04 4 Axis of Wiring

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