Overview

The Orangutan SV-328 robot controller is a complete control solution for small robots running at 6 – 13.5 V. The small (2.15" x 1.9") module includes a powerful Atmel ATmega328P AVR microcontroller, two bidirectional motor ports each capable of providing 1 A (continuous), a removable 8-character x 2-line liquid crystal display, a buzzer, three user pushbutton switches, and two user LEDs.

Eight general-purpose I/O lines with up to eight analog input channels allow for adding sensors or expanding the system. These lines are brought out to 0.1" female headers as shown in the picture below; from left to right, the bottom row of pins are: PC5, PC4, PC3, PC2, PC1, PC0, PD1 and PD0. The Orangutan SV-328 features a 5V switching regulator capable of delivering up to 3 A, allowing the Orangutan to power RC servos directly from its regulated 5V power bus. This power bus can be accessed through the power and ground pins dedicated to each user I/O line.

Orangutan SV-328 top view with components labeled.

The Orangutan SV-328 is based on Atmel’s mega328 AVR microcontroller, which runs at 20 MHz and features 32 Kbytes of flash program memory, 2 Kbytes of SRAM, and 1024 bytes of EEPROM. Because the user has direct access to the microcontroller, any development software for Atmel’s AVR microcontrollers, including Atmel’s free Atmel Studio and the WinAVR GCC C/C++ compiler, is compatible with the Orangutan SV-328. An in-circuit programmer, such as our USB AVR programmer, is required for programming the Orangutan SV-328; we offer a combination deal that lets you save when you buy a programmer with your Orangutan. We provide an extensive set of software libraries that make it easy to interface with all of the integrated hardware. These libraries come with a number of sample programs that demonstrate how to use the various components on the Orangutan SV-328. This robot controller is also compatible with the popular Arduino development platform.

Improvements over the Original Orangutan

The Orangutan SV-328 has introduced a number of substantial improvements over the original Orangutan, the most significant of which is the enhanced power system that allows an expanded operating range of 6 – 13.5 V (meaning you can power the Orangutan SV-328 from a 12 V battery), delivers higher motor current, and has much more available current on the 5 V line. The following list details the major changes:

  • TB6612FNG motor driver delivers higher current with higher-frequency PWM and decreased power consumption.
  • Hardware PWM outputs now connect to all motor driver inputs, removing the need for processor-intensive software PWM.
  • Input voltage can now be as high as 13.5 V.
  • The integrated 5 V regulator can supply up to 3 A, allowing this version to power servos and other high-power peripherals for which the battery voltage would be too high.
  • The MCU has been upgraded to an ATmega328 running at 20 MHz, and the pin connections have changed to match that of the Orangutan LV-168, the Baby Orangutan B, and the 3pi robot, so the same code will generally work on all four devices. The form factor of the Orangutan SV-328 is identical to that of the Orangutan LV-168.
  • Reverse battery protection is now achieved using a MOSFET instead of a diode, so the input voltage no longer experiences a diode drop.
  • The main power switch now turns off power to the entire board.

Main Features

  • overall unit dimensions: 2.15" x 1.9"
  • input voltage: 6-13.5 V
  • 2 bidirectional motor ports (1 A continuous per channel, 3 A maximum per channel)
  • programmable 20 MHz Atmel ATmega328P AVR microcontroller (32 KB flash, 2 kB SRAM, 1024 bytes EEPROM)
  • 8 general-purpose I/O lines, 6 of which can be used as analog input channels
  • 2 additional analog input channels (ADC6 & ADC7) can be accessed on the board
  • removable 8-character x 2-line LCD
  • 5V regulator capable of supplying up to 3 A
  • buzzer tied to one of the mega328’s hardware PWMs
  • 3 user pushbutton switches
  • 2 user LEDs
  • battery voltage self-monitoring optionally connected to ADC6
  • user potentiometer optionally jumpered to ADC7
  • comprehensive user’s guide

Note: This product could ship with either a silver-bezel LCD or a black-bezel LCD. Pictures of the two possible types are shown below.


Specifications

Dimensions

Size: 2.15" x 1.90"
Weight: 35 g

General specifications

Processor: ATmega328 @ 20 MHz
RAM size: 2048 bytes
Program memory size: 32 Kbytes
Motor driver: TB6612FNG
Motor channels: 2
User I/O lines: 81
Max current on a single I/O: 40 mA
Minimum operating voltage: 6 V
Maximum operating voltage: 13.5 V
Continuous output current per channel: 1 A
Peak output current per channel: 3 A
Maximum PWM frequency: 80 kHz
Reverse voltage protection?: Y
External programmer required?: Y
LCD included?: Y

Notes:

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All 8 can be used as digital I/Os and 6 can be used as analog inputs. Two additional dedicated analog inputs can be accessed on the PCB if their jumper connections to optional hardware are removed.

Resources

Documentation and other information

Pololu Orangutan SV-xx8 and LV-xx8 User’s Guide (Printable PDF)

User’s guide for the Pololu Orangutan SV-168, SV-328, and LV-168 robot controllers.

Pololu AVR Programming Quick Start Guide (Printable PDF)

This guide explains how to get started programming your Orangutan or 3pi Robot in Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. It covers setting up an AVR development environment (Atmel Studio for Windows users), installing the Pololu AVR C/C++ Library, and setting up the Pololu USB AVR Programmer.

Pololu AVR C/C++ Library User’s Guide (Printable PDF)

Information about installing and using the C/C++ libraries provided for use with Pololu products.

Pololu AVR Library Command Reference (Printable PDF)

A reference to commands provided in the Pololu C/C++ and Arduino libraries for the AVR.

Programming Orangutans and the 3pi Robot from AVR Studio 4

Guide for programming Orangutans and the 3pi robot from the Atmel’s older AVR Studio 4 IDE. It covers installing the Pololu AVR C/C++ Library, and setting up the Pololu USB AVR Programmer.

Programming Orangutans and the 3pi Robot from the Arduino Environment (Printable PDF)

Guide to making the Arduino IDE compatible with the 3pi robot and the Orangutan SV-328, Orangutan LV-168, and Baby Orangutan B robot controllers, including Arduino libraries for interfacing with all of their on-board hardware.

Application Note: Using the Motor Driver on the 3pi Robot and Orangutan Robot Controllers (Printable PDF)

Detailed information about the 3pi Robot, Orangutan SV-328/168 and LV-168, and Baby Orangutan B motor drivers, including truth tables and sample code.

Application Note: MLX90614ESF SMBus Communication with Orangutan Robot Controllers (Printable PDF)

A guide for implementing the SMBus (I²C-compatible) protocol for the MLX90614ESF temperature sensor on the AVR-based Orangutan robot controller series. The guide includes sample code for taking temperature readings.


File downloads

Orangutan SV-328 Robot Controller schematic diagram (413k pdf)
Schematic diagram for the Orangutan SV-328 Robot Controller.
Pololu AVR Development Bundle for Windows (12MB exe)
This bundle contains all the Pololu software you need to get started programming AVRs in Windows: the Pololu AVR C/C++ Library, the Pololu USB AVR Programmer drivers and software, and the Pololu Orangutan SVP drivers. We recommend installing Atmel Studio 7.0 before installing this bundle.
Sample AVR Studio 4 project for the ATmega328P to blink an LED (9k zip)
This is a sample AVR Studio 4 project that will blink an LED on a Baby Orangutan B-328, 3pi robot, or Orangutan SV-328.
Toshiba TB6612FNG motor driver datasheet (308k pdf)
LSM303DLM Orangutan example project (5k zip)
This sample program shows how to use an LSM303DLM 3D compass and accelerometer carrier with an Orangutan robot controller to build a tilt-compensated digital compass. The AVR Studio project is set up for an ATmega328P microcontroller, but it will work on other Orangutans with simple changes to the project configuration.

(PL-1227)

SKU PL-1227
Brand Pololu

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