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Design Features

  • Connects through the HyperWire® fiber-optic 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 67 MB of memory
  • Collects analog sensor or position data up to 320 kHz (triggered by axis position)
  • Offers many optional features, including Multiaxis Position Synchronized Output (PSO) &
    I/O expansion board


The XC2e is a part of the user-friendly Automation1 motion control platform, which includes the following:

Industry-Leading Data Acquisition Speed and Volume Capability

No other motion control platform can give you the data acquisition speed and volume you get with the Automation1 XC2e. For applications where data analysis speed is critical to maximizing throughput, the Automation1 platform delivers industry-leading performance.

Better Control. More Precision

The XC2e 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 XC2e 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.

With process control features such as additional I/O and Aerotech’s ultrafast, low latency Position Synchronized Output (PSO), the XC2e commands your process tool based on the real-time encoder position. This means processes built around the XC2e have better motion and process performance.

Feature-Forward Design

Standard features for the XC2e include STO, a data array consisting of more than 16 million 32-bit elements, 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 XC2e with an expansion board containing analog and digital I/O, an added encoder input, and dedicated PSO.

Upgrade your process control capabilities with one of many multi-axis PSO options. Improve the resolution of amplified sine-wave encoders by adding a feedback multiplier, including dual loop multiplier support.

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 XC2e 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 XC2e 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 XC2e 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 XC2e 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 XC2e can control stage in-performance to less as low as 0.18 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 XC2e integrates easily with the Automation1 Software-Based Machine Controller (iSMC).

XC2e 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 (1sec)_3 10 Apk
Continuous Output Current_3 5 A
Position Synchronized Output (PSO) Standard:

One-axis PSO (includes one-axis part-speed PSO)*


Two-axis PSO (includes two-axis part-speed PSO)*

Two-axis part-speed PSO only*

Three-axis part-speed PSO only*

*Requires adding an expansion board to the drive to output PSO pulses via a physical connection
25-Pin Motor Feedback
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

MX2 option: Primary encoder: 2 MHz/200 kHz (bandwidth selectable) sine-wave input, encoder
multiplier up to 65,536

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

MX3 option: Primary encoder: 2 MHz/200 kHz (bandwidth selectable) sine-wave input, encoder
multiplier up to 65,536

Auxiliary encoder: 200 kHz sine-wave input, encoder multiplier up to x16,384*

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 67.1 MB (16,777,216 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 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 2.36 kg (5.20 lb)
Compliance CE approved, NRTL safety certification, EU 2015/863 RoHS 3 directive


Automation1 XC2e, -EB0 Option

Automation1 XC2e, -EB1 Option

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Automation1 XC2e

Option Description
Automation1 XC2e Automation1 XC2e High-Performance PWM Digital Drive

Peak Current

Option Description
-10 10 A Peak, 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)
-MX2 x65536 multiplier (primary), no multiplier (auxiliary)
-MX3 x65536 multiplier (primary), x16384 multiplier (auxiliary)


PSO Option(1) Description
-PSO1 One-Axis PSO (includes One-axis Part-Speed PSO) (Default)
-PSO2 Two-Axis PSO (includes Three-Axis Part-Speed PSO)
-PSO5 Two-Axis Part-Speed PSO
-PSO6 Three-Axis Part-Speed PSO
  1. 1. PSO functionality is included in the base XC2e. The -EB1 board is required to use PSO logic to generate an output signal

Automation1 PS2

Option Description
Automation1 PS2 Automation1 PS2 Power Supply for XC2e, XC2, and future XL2e Digital 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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