Convert RS232 to “To Receiver Throttle Channel” for radio model

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by thinkmarco, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. thinkmarco

    Thread Starter New Member

    Oct 17, 2011
    I would like to interface a serial port RS232 to a ESC (Electronic Speed Control) device.
    I would build an autonomous rover able to memorize simple task and execute them.

    Following the schema reported in
    I have to interface the RS232-ESC interface with the “To Receiver Throttle Channel”.

    I would like send simple commands to the RS232 port as

    forward 100%
    forward 50%
    backward 50%
    backward 100%

    according to an appropriate protocol.

    Do you know any place where I can buy this interface? Or, do you know any schema to self-produce this interface?

    Another question. The “interface with the To Receiver Throttle Channel” is a PWM signal?

    Please ask me to get more information.

    Thanks in advance
    Marco Righi
  2. Von

    Active Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    Sorry I can't help you with a schematic or interface source but I can confirm your question regarding the control signal or input to the brushless motor ESC you linked as PWM.

    Generally speaking the signal is 3-5 vdc p/p with a varying width of 1ms to 2ms at 30-50 hz.

    In the case of an ESC, the 1ms pulse width represents 0% throttle with 2ms representing 100% throttle.
  3. THE_RB

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 11, 2008
    Try the robotics shops on the internet, I'm pretty sure you can get converters from serial input to "RC pulse" output, as they have similar requirements to yours (like controlling a robot from a serial data command).
  4. djsfantasi

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 11, 2010
    :D One of my favorite suppliers is Lynxmotion. In fact, they have a serial controller that performs this task for up to 32 channels. These channels can also be used for digital outputs alternatively. It also includes four built-in ADC or digital inputs.
    Here is another controller from Pololu that has 8 channels:
    The Lynxmotion Forum has a section dedicated to building rovers; Other sources are available as well. Before developing my robot, I spent months reading all the forums I could digest.