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T-Cube USB Controller Hub

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T-Cube USB Controller Hub




  • Provides Powe and Communication for up to Six T-cube
  • Can be Mounted Vertically or Horizontally
  • USB 2.0 Inteface

Features

  • Compact USB 2.0 Platform
  • Mechanically and Electrically Supports up to Six T-Cube Controllers
  • Flexible Mix and Match Control of T-Cube Units
  • Horizontal or Vertical Mounting to Optical Tables
  • Reduced Cable Management - Single USB
    Communication and Power Cable
  • USB Port for Connecting Multiple Controller Hubs
  • Fully RoHS Compliant

Do More in Less Space with the T-Cube Controller Hub

As a further level of convenience when using T-Cube controllers and drivers, Thorlabs also offers the T-Cube Hub. This product has been designed specifically with multiple T-Cube operation in mind; it will simplify issues such as cable management, power supply routing, and multiple USB device communications. In addition, several different optical table mounting scenarios are possible as detailed under the Further Info tab. It is now possible to combine the electronic drivers with all of the other mechanical components required to build an automated optomechanical application, directly on the optical table.

The T-Cube Controller Hub comprises a slim base-plate type carrier [375 mm x 86 mm x 21.5 mm (14.75" x 3.4" x 0.85")] with electrical connections located on the upper surface. The Controller Hub contains a fully compliant USB 2.0 hub circuit and provides all communications and power distribution for up to six T-Cubes, using only a single power connection. The Controller Hub is shipped complete with power supply and horizontal mounting bracket.

The Hub vastly reduces the number of USB and power cables required when operating multiple T-Cubes. Furthermore, a USB output connector can be connected to the USB input on another unit, allowing multiple Controller Hubs to be connected together while still only using a single USB cable from the host control PC. A single PC can support up to 12 individual T-Cube controllers. As an added feature, the Controller Hub, when combined with devices that work in a closed loop such as the T-Cube apt Piezo Controller and the T-Cube apt Strain Gauge Reader, provides closed-loop control without the need for additional cabling.

 

Item#TCH002
USB Hub Circuit Fully Compliant USB 2.0 Hub
Enclosure Rigid, Slim-Profile Baseplate Construction
Finish Black
T-Cube Bays Six, Double Wide T-Cubes Use Two Bays
Table Mounting
Orientation Horizontal (Brackets Included)
Edge or Vertical (with AP90 Bracket)
Mounting Threads Universal Metric (M6) or
Imperial (1/4"-20) Design
Input Power Requirements
Voltage (Current) +15 V (6 A), -15 V (1 A), +5 V (5 A)
General
Housing Dimensions
(W x D x H)
376.5 mm x 86 mm x 21.50 mm
(14.82" x 3.40" x 0.85")
Weight 575 g (20 oz)

 

Thorlabs' T-Cube family of very compact, yet fully featured, electronics controllers cover a variety of functions for a wide range of custom photonics, optomechanical, and motion control applications. They feature controllers for a number of applications, including motor controllers, piezo drivers, autoalignment systems, laser sources quad detector systems, TEC controllers and shutter/flipper controllers.

As a further convenience, Thorlabs offers the T-Cube Controller Hub, which is compatible with our T-Cube Controllers. This product has been designed specifically with multiple T-Cube operation in mind in order to simplify issues such as cable management, power supply routing, multiple USB device communications, and different optical table mounting scenarios.

Horizontal Hub

Above: TCH002 USB Hub with 6 T-Cubes in a Horizontal Configuration
Right: TCH002 USB Hub with 6 T-Cubes in a Vertical Configuration

The T-Cube Controller Hub comprises a slim base-plate type carrier [375 mm x 86 mm x 21.50 mm (14.75" x 3.40" x 0.85")] with electrical connections located on the upper surface to accept up to six T-Cubes. Mix and match any combination of T-Cube Controllers to build your own custom, multi-channel driver arrangement in an extremely compact footprint. Internally, the controller hub contains a fully compliant USB 2.0 hub circuit to provide communications for all six T-Cubes - a single USB connection to the Controller Hub is all that is required for PC control. The controller hub also provides power distribution for up to six T-Cubes. This USB and power routing capability vastly reduces the number of USB and power cables required when operating multiple T-Cubes.

Furthermore, a USB output connector can be connected to the USB input on another hub allowing multiple controller hubs to be connected together while still only requiring a single USB cable from the host control PC. Up to 12 individual T-Cube controllers can be supported on a single PC. The controller hub circuitry also provides a number of internal, flexible digital and analogue interconnect lines for deterministic multiple-cube synchronized operation. This is used to great effect, for example, when operating the Piezo Controller (TPZ001) and Strain Gauge Reader (TSG001) T-Cubes on the hub. They can be configured to operate as a coupled pair allowing closed-loop control of the wide number of Thorlabs piezo actuators. The hub also provides a rigid mechanical mounting platform for carrying the T-Cubes.

Mounting Options
An array of mounting holes drilled into the bottom of the TCH002 T-Cube Controller Hub enables it to be mounted in multiple configurations to both imperial and metric tables. The hub is shipped complete with mounting brackets that allow horizontal mounting; these brackets are both imperial and metric compatible and allow the hub to be mounted flat to the optical table, much like the individual T-Cubes.

Horizontally Mounted T-Cube Hub
TCH002 USB Hub - Shown Horizontally Mounted

Alternatively, an AP90 right angle bracket can be purchased and used to mount the hub on its edge (shown below left) or vertically (shown below right). The vertical configuration is particularly advantageous for saving room on the table surface.

 

USB IN

USB A square

Provides communication to the host controller PC.

USB OUT

USB A flat

This port can be connected to the USB IN on another Hub or other USB device, allowing multiple Controller Hubs to be connected together, thereby requiring only a single USB cable from the host control PC.

Power Connector

Power Connector
PinDescriptionMinMaxMax Operating Current
A 0 V - - -
B -15 V -14.5 V -15.5 V 1 A
C +15 V +14.5 V +15.5 V 6 A
D +5 V +4.9 V +5.1 V 5 A

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