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. We first gained recognition in the robotics community for our Anticogging technology, and since, we have developed advanced motion control systems that allow our electric motors to achieve increased power and efficiency, as well as superior speed and position control. Six years worth of development allows us to incorporate both public and proprietary algorithms to deliver peak motor performance.
The roots of IQ can be traced back to 2010 when founder and CEO Matthew Piccoli began his PhD in the Modlab, part of the GRASP lab at the University of Pennsylvania. He started working on a project that ultimately led to the creation of a single-motor aerial vehicle called UNO. Knowing that he would have to pulse the motor quickly to steer the single motor flying vehicle, Matt hunted the industry and hobby worlds for high bandwidth, high power, light weight motor controllers. They didn’t exist, so he decided to make his own. The IQ motor module has evolved from this project and it is now the first commercially available sensored drone module.
The first drone motor with position sensing
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?
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.
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.
An IQ Vertiq 2306 220KV motor can be used to actuate movement at every joint, giving a robot arm smooth, precise motion.https://player.vimeo.com/video/256687335?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&api=1
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.
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.
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.https://player.vimeo.com/video/256687353?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&api=1
IQ Motors in Drone Action
Quick Prop Reversal and Super Responsivity
Precision Rotor Intermeshing
Features & Specifications
|Microcontroller||32-bit ARM Cortex MCU @ 64 MHz|
|Motor Dimensions||28.4 mm diameter, 22 mm height|
|Stator Dimensions||23 mm diameter, 6 mm height|
|Shaft Diameter||2 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 Options||2200 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.
- 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
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.
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.
Drone Motor Setups: IQ Vertiq 2306 2200KV vs. Competition
|Specifications||IQ Motor Modules||Drone Setup #1||Drone Setup #2||Drone Setup #3|
|Motor||Integrated||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|
|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 control||Yes (Voltage/PWM)||Yes (PWM)||Yes (PWM)||Yes (PWM)|
|Closed-loop velocity control||Yes (PID+FF)||No||No||No|
|Regenerative and active braking||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|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
|Specifications||IQ Motor Modules||Position Setup #1||Position Setup #2||Position Setup #3|
|Motor||Integrated||Nema 11 11HS12-0956D||Power HD 3001HB||Dynamixel AX-18A|
|Driver||Integrated||TB6612 Stepper Motor Driver Breakout||Integrated||Integrated|
|Controller||Integrated||Arduino Pro Mini 328||Integrated||Integrated|
|Motor Dimensions (Dia/Height) (LxWxD) (mm)||28.4/22||28.2×28.2×31.5||20.5×54.5×39.5||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|
|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 control||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Closed-loop position control||Yes||No||Yes (165°)||Yes (300°)|
|Closed-loop multi-turn position control||Yes||No||No||No|
|Regenerative and active braking||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|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
Shipping & Fulfillment
Crowd Supply will be handling all fulfillment and logistics. As such, all orders will be shipping from their warehouse in Texas, in the US. See The Crowd Supply Guide for more information on their ordering and shipping policies.