Simple, Precise, Point-to-Point Beam Steering and Easy Integration into Quantum Computing, Remote Sensing, Free Space Optical Communications, Medical Lasers, & Defense Systems

New Scale Technologies, Inc. announced the availability of a developer’s kit for a two-axis, two-mirror beam steering system using the company’s M3 Rotary Smart Stages. The DK-M3-RS-U2-2M-20-L Developer’s Kit features miniature piezo smart stages with built-in closed-loop controllers for simple, precise point-to-point beam steering and easy integration into medical, industrial, telecom, aerospace, and defense applications.

Miniature Size, Modular Form Factor
The complete piezoelectric beam steering system houses the motors, position sensors, bearings, drive electronics, and embedded firmware inside each of the kit’s two miniature rotary stages. Each stage simply requires the input of DC power and digital commands to operate; the direct input of high-level digital commands from a system processor, 3.3 VDC input, and the ability to hold position with no power supports its use in battery-powered and portable instruments.

David Henderson, CEO of New Scale Technologies, says, “Our customers continuously demand smaller, lighter weight, higher performing components that are easy to design in. We’re proud to offer incredible levels of repeatable precision in a system 25x smaller than traditional systems with bulky external controllers.”

Features and Specifications

  • 11.75 x 21.9 x 16 mm per stage, continuous 360° rotary motion
  • Mounted mirrors, laser, and two-axis base
  • Closed-loop controller embedded in each stage, no separate electronics needed
  • Angular resolution ~21.9727 m deg closed loop, built-in absolute position sensor
  • Millisecond step and settle times
  • Holds position with zero power and no jitter
  • 3.3 VDC input

Price and Availability
The DK-M3-RS-U2-2M-20-L Developer’s Kit includes two smart stages, mounted mirrors, a 650nm collimated laser, base, demo breakout board, cables, USB adapter, and New Scale Pathway software for system evaluation and development . The breakout board allows users to easily evaluate the rotary stages with scope probable access to digital communication channels. Users can easily swap in their own laser, mirrors, and base to test their photonics application. Developer’s Kits are currently available to order directly via New Scale or their local technical distributors.