IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 30, 2010 — Newport Corp. has introduced the XPS-DRVP1, an XPS-compatible driver card for the piezoelectric stack-based nanopositioning line of subnanometer resolution stages. It complements the other XPS driver cards designed to drive the traditional DC or stepper motor micropositioning products, allowing control of almost all of the company’s motion products with the XPS controller. Convenient to install, the driver eliminates the need for either an XPS pass-through card or an independent piezo-stack driver. It enables a wider variety of precision motion control positioning applications than was previously possible. Users can perform precise, fast positioning over long travel distances and can finish their motion processes with ultraprecise subnanometer positioning resolution. The XPS-compatible controller works with all “–D” versions of the company’s nanopositioners. An erasable programmable read only memory stores the stage parameters in the connector which also has embedded electric submersible pump plug-and-play technology that auto-uploads the stage ID and all necessary stage settings to the XPS. The single-axis driver features 60-mA peak current, operating from -10 to 130 V, with an internal loop rate of 4 kHz. For added flexibility, it can drive both open- and closed-loop nanopositioning stages equipped with strain gage position sensors.