News, Events, Notices
News Events Team Notices

January 5, 2013
The FRC 2013 competition has been annouced! Ultimate Ascent
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January 23, 2013
See what we're up too in our Week One Team Update!
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January 29, 2013
Week 2 Update is up! see what us busy students have been doing
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January 5, 2013
FIRST Robotics Competition 2013 kickoff. @ Burlington Central High School
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January 14, 2012
We're doing the FLL webcast.

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The cRIO


The robot controller is a National Instruments cRIO, short for compact Reprogramable Input Output.


Features


  • Real time operating system (VxWorks by WindRiver) customized for FIRST.
  • 400MHz processor with 64MB of DRAM and 256MB non-volatile memory.
  • Two Ethernet ports and an RS232 serial port for connections to peripherals.
  • 24VDC power supply input which works with the FIRST Power Distribution Board.

We use the FIRST-designated NI cRIO-FRC integrated microprocessor to control our robot. The cRio allows for swappable modules to interface with other FIRST components. It can survive tempuratures of -20 to 55 degrees celcuis. The system provides 64 MB of DRAM for embedded operation and 256 MB of non-volatile memory.


The cRIO-FRC features two 10/100 Mbits/s Ethernet ports that we use for communicating with the driver station and an RS232 serial port for connecting peripherals such as a CAN (Controller Area Network) bus.


For the 2009-2011 competition seasons, FIRST has selected three C Series I/O modules: the NI 9201 for analog inputs, the NI 9403 for digital I/O, and the NI 9472 for pneumatic output.


The Jaguars


All of the motors on our robots have been controlled by Texas Instraments Jaguars also know as MDL-BDC24's for the previous two years. Alternatives exist, such as the Innovation First Victor.



  • PWM interface or Controller Area Network (CAN) interface via a RS232 serial interface
  • Real-time monitoring of current, voltage and speed.
  • Load firmware over RS232/CAN
  • Directly interfaces to a PC serial port or National Instruments cRIO
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