IQ Motor Module

by IQ Motion Control

The first drone motor with position sensing

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$100

IQ Vertiq 2306 2200KV

An IQ Motor Module pre-loaded with our speed control firmware (2200 KV). (Formerly named IQ Speed Module.)


$100

IQ Vertiq 2306 220KV

An IQ Motor Module pre-loaded with our position control firmware (220 KV). (Formerly named IQ Position Module)

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MickMake

"Bring professional-grade motor control to your drones"

droneblog

"One current major limitation with drones is in flight time. [IQ] is one startup with big plans to increase flight time through more efficient motors."

Technical.ly Philly

"A drone startup that went from Penn’s GRASP Lab to a four-month hardware accelerator in Shenzhen, China."

diarioelectronicohoy

"Ofreciendo un rendimiento profesional para fabricantes y pilotos, este módulo de motor controlador para drones, con sensor de posición incorporado, permite el desarrollo de aeronaves no tripuladas y controladas a distancia más estables en el aire."

Make

"[IQ] demos will absolutely knock your socks off — first take a look at this clip showing off the unit’s control capabilities, then watch this video of how nimble pilots can use the system to flip a drone over and fly upside-down."

Hackaday

Hackaday

"... a new generation of smart motors out that combine the mechanical motor mechanism with a built-in controller."

The IQ Motor Module is an integrated motor and controller with an embedded position sensor. With position sensing and advanced calibration and control algorithms, IQ is able to optimize motor performance and give users unprecedented control over their vehicles and machines. The drone industry has relied on hobby-grade motors and controllers for too long. Now, IQ is bringing advanced motor control to the drone industry and other robotics fields at an affordable price.

IQ motors support serial communication as well as standard hobby protocols, so you can easily integrate them into your vehicle. Whether you’re an engineer testing our motors for commercial use or a maker/pilot using them in a personal drone, IQ motors will deliver high-end, professional performance.

What can you do with IQ Motor Modules?

Speed Applications

FPV Drone Racing and Acrobatics

The IQ Vertiq 2306 2200KV is ideal for FPV pilots who want faster throttle response, greater maneuverability, and higher peak RPM. Check out some demos.

Vertical Takeoff and Landing

High efficiency motors are even more important in VTOL applications. The Vertiq 2306 2200KV is much more efficient relative to standard motor/ESC combinations at lower speeds.

New UAVs

Freed from the limitation of spinning in a single direction, IQ motors enable entirely new drone technology. We’re excited to see what our backers come up with.

Other RC Vehicles

Although our high speed motors and controllers are designed for multicopters, they’re great for anything from RC planes to cars to battlebots.

Precision Applications

Robotic Arms

An IQ Vertiq 2306 220KV motor can be used to actuate movement at every joint, giving a robot arm smooth, precise motion.

3D Printers and CNCs

Our tech is great for linear motion machines. IQ motors are smoother, quieter, and more efficient than stepper motors, and they will never skip a step or get lost.

Gimbals

Closed-loop position control and anti-cogged motion can make gimbal systems extremely smooth and stable.

Prototype Industrial Machinery and Medical Devices

High speed, precision motors and controllers can cost thousands of dollars. Try our motors in your prototype to save money without sacrificing performance. We’re planning to make industrial and medical-grade motors soon.

Maker Projects

Since our motors are easily programmable and versatile, they can be used in so many different applications we can’t possibly imagine them all. We can’t wait to see what our backers dream up.

IQ Motors in Drone Action

Quick Prop Reversal and Super Responsivity

Precision Rotor Intermeshing

Fly Upside-down

Roll

Flip

Features & Specifications

Specifications

Microcontroller32-bit ARM Cortex MCU @ 64 MHz
Motor Dimensions28.4 mm diameter, 22 mm height
Stator Dimensions23 mm diameter, 6 mm height
Shaft Diameter2 mm ID, 5 mm OD, 5 mm prop
Weight (motor w/o wires)35.2 g
Weight (motor w/ wires+connectors)43.1 g
Weight (prop adapter+nut)2.6 g
Motor KV Options2200 RPM/V, 220 RPM/V
2200 KV Max Continuous Motor Current (10 s)30 A
2200 KV Max Instant Motor Current (50 ms)60 A
220 KV Max Continuous Motor Current (10 s)3 A
220 KV Max Instant Motor Current (50 ms)6 A
Voltage (Max # of Lipo Cells)17 V (4S)

The preliminary Speed Module datasheet is available here.

Features

  • Enhanced Controllability
    • Velocity and position control with tunable PID + feed forward
    • 3D reversible, no delay while crossing zero
    • No start-up or reverse jitter
    • Anti-cogging: smoother flight, reduced vehicle vibration
    • 40 ms response time
  • Power and Efficiency Boost
    • Sinusoidal commutation (up to 20% increase battery life)
    • Trapezoidal commutation (4.8% more shaft power)
  • Other Advanced Features
    • Regenerative and active braking
    • Active freewheeling
    • Over-current protection
    • Communication protocols (serial, Dshot1200, & standard PWM)
    • Telemetry capability (voltage, current, RPM)
    • Fast FET switching, use of gate drivers
    • Sensored vector control with space vector PWM
    • Controller-motor integration

Speed Firmware

The speed firmware is specially designed to drive propellers or any application with target velocities. This firmware speaks all of the common communication protocols, including 1-2 ms PWM, Oneshot (125, 42), Multishot, and DShot(150, 300, 600, 1200), as well as IQ’s UART protocol.

Position Firmware

The position firmware has a position controller capable of single turn positioning and multi turn positioning. The built in minimum jerk trajectory generator creates smooth motion with minimal user effort. It speaks step/direction and IQ’s UART protocol.

Note: We will make both the position and speed firmware available, so users will be able to flash the controllers with the other firmware if they choose. We will do an update explaining how to switch firmwares if you’d like the position firmware on an IQ Speed Module or vice versa.

Comparisons

Drone Motor Setups: IQ Vertiq 2306 2200KV vs. Competition

SpecificationsIQ Motor Modules Drone Setup #1Drone Setup #2Drone Setup #3
MotorIntegrated Tiger Motor F40III - 2400KV Turnigy D2206-2300KV 31g Brushless Motor CW ZTW Black Widow 2206 2200KV With Built-In ESC CW
Electronic Speed Control (ESC)Integrated 32A Kiss ESC Turnigy MultiStar 30A BLHeli-S Rev16 V3 ESC 2~4S (Opto) Integrated
Motor Dimensions (Dia/Height) (LxWxD) (mm)28.4/22 28.4/17 28/19.5 27.5/21.4
ESC Dimensions (Lenth/Width) (mm)Integrated 27/19 28/13 Integrated
Weight RTF¹ / RTU (g)45.7 46.6 41.2 41.6
Motor KV (final drive) (RPM/V)2200 & 220 2400 2300 2200
Shaft Diameter (ID/OD/prop) (mm)2/5/2005 1.6/4/5 -/3/5 -/3/5
Voltage (V) / No. of Lipo Cells (S)16.8/4 30/6 16.8/4 12.6/3
Max Speed (no load) (RPM)37000 & 3700 71000 39000 28000
Min Speed (RPM)0 ~1000 ~1000 ~1000
GearboxNo No No No
Torque (stalled, continuous) (Nm)0.04 N/A N/A N/A
Max Current Continuous (A)30 & 3 32 30 18
Max Current Burst (A)60 & 6 45 35 28
Reversibility (3D mode)Yes Yes² No No
Open-loop velocity controlYes (Voltage/PWM) Yes (PWM) Yes (PWM) Yes (PWM)
Closed-loop velocity controlYes (PID+FF) No No No
BackdrivableYes N/A N/A N/A
​Regenerative and active brakingYes Yes Yes No
Active freewheelingYes Yes Yes No
Over-current protectionYes Yes No No
Built-in Controller/ESCYes No No Yes
Sinusoidal (vibrationless)Yes Yes (<90% throttle) No No
Price (qty. 1) (USD)80 54.89 18.05 28.63

¹ With 150 mm wires, XT-30 power connector, servo connector
² Startup jitter on direction change

Position Motor Setups: IQ Vertiq 2306 220KV vs. Competition

SpecificationsIQ Motor Modules Position Setup #1Position Setup #2Position Setup #3
MotorIntegrated Nema 11 11HS12-0956D Power HD 3001HB Dynamixel AX-18A
DriverIntegrated TB6612 Stepper Motor Driver Breakout Integrated Integrated
ControllerIntegrated Arduino Pro Mini 328 Integrated Integrated
Motor Dimensions (Dia/Height) (LxWxD) (mm)28.4/22 28.2x28.2x31.5 20.5x54.5x39.5 32x50x40
ESC Dimensions (Lenth/Width) (mm)Integrated 27/19 + 33/18 Integrated Integrated
Weight RTF¹ / RTU (g)45.7 >110 43 54.5
Motor KV (final drive) (RPM/V)2200 & 220 211 14 8
Shaft Diameter (ID/OD/prop) (mm)2/5/2005 -/5/- N/A N/A
Voltage (V) / No. of Lipo Cells (S)16.8/4 13.5/3 6/- 12.6/3
Max Speed (no load) (RPM)37000 & 3700 2800 83 97
Min Speed (RPM)0 0 0 0
GearboxNo No 240:1 254:1
Torque (stalled, continuous) (Nm)0.04 0.04 0.43 1.8
Max Current Continuous (A)30 & 3 1 0.9 2.2
Max Current Burst (A)60 & 6 N/A N/A N/A
Reversibility (3D mode)Yes Yes Yes Yes
Open-loop position controlYes Yes No No
Closed-loop position controlYes No Yes (165°) Yes (300°)
Closed-loop multi-turn position controlYes No No No
Trajectory generationYes No No No
BackdrivableYes Yes² No No
​Regenerative and active brakingYes No Yes Yes
Active freewheelingYes No N/A N/A
Over-current protectionYes Yes No Yes
Built-in Controller/ESCYes No Yes Yes
Sinusoidal (vibrationless)Yes No N/A N/A
Price (qty. 1) (USD)80 29.53 9.95 94.9

¹ With 150 mm wires, XT-30 power connector, servo connector
² Position information will be lost

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Credits

IQ Motion Control

Born out of the University of Pennsylvania’s robotics lab, IQ Motion Control is a tech startup that delivers the ultimate drone motor module for versatility and performance.


Jon Broome

Co-founder

Matt Piccoli

Co-founder

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