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  • Linear Motor
Sep 2006
New Scale Technologies Inc.Request Info

New Scale’s latest Squiggle motor is the smallest linear motor on the market. At 1.5 mm x 1.5 mm, the SQL-1.5 piezoelectric motor is half the size of competing micromotors. It offers a 20-gram push force and submicron position resolution, 10 times more than its closest competitor, New Scale said.

The SQL-1.5 has been designed into next-generation auto focus and optical zoom assemblies by leading camera module developers, supporting top-tier handset manufacturers. Focus and zoom capabilities have become an essential ingredient in the drive to deliver smaller, thinner handsets with the image quality of digital still cameras.

The SQL-1.5 is also of interest in microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, and medical device applications. The motor itself is tiny, and its high precision enables dramatically smaller medical devices because it provides more precise valve control. This permits more concentrated meds in smaller reservoirs. The patented ceramic motor design generates no magnetic fields and can be made of nonferrous materials for use in and around MRI equipment.


  • Stroke: 10 mm (customizable)
  • Resolution: Better than 100 nm
  • Force: > 20 grams
  • Typical input power (moving): 400 mW
  • Input power (stationery): 0 mW


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